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Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology
Networks, Circuits, and Modules
August 18-23, 2013
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, VT

Related Meeting Information
The Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology GRS web page for more information.

The 2013 Gordon Conference in Neuroethology will focus on neural networks, circuits, and modules. The conference will bring together leading scientists studying neurobiology, computational neuroscience, robotics, molecular and evolutionary genetics, and human health issues. Intense focused presentations and lively discussion are envisioned with the goal of developing novel insights into the fundamental neural mechanisms underlying behavior.

Speakers have been chosen to give a broad, up-to-date overview of this vibrant and multidisciplinary field. In the spirit of the Gordon Conferences, the meeting is meant to foster intense discussion to push the frontiers of the field. Each session will be introduced by a discussion leader who will provide an overview of the topic. Most speakers will be given 25-30 minutes to speak, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion related to the talk. In addition, some submitted abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations. We do not expect conventional data-driven talks; rather, the speakers will address the central questions of the session using their own work and that of others to illustrate their ideas and to provide their assessment of progress made with regard to near-term and long-term goals in their given field. All attendees are encouraged to present posters.

The Conference will bring together a diverse collection of investigators who are at the forefront of their field. Importantly, junior scientists including graduate students will present their work in poster and oral format and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, will promote cross-disciplinary collaborations in the research areas represented and provide a unique venue for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas.

A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is being held in conjunction with this Conference. Click here for more information about the 2013 GRS in Neuroethology.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmEvolution of Gene Networks in Neural Structures
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion Leader: Lauren O'Connell (Harvard University)
"Evolutionary origins of neural substrates"
7:55 pm - 8:30 pmSeth Grant (Edinburgh University)
"The cognitive big bang: Experimental approaches to vertebrate cognitive complexity"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmTodd Oakley (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Let there be light! The evolutionary origins of phototransduction"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSocial Networks, Cognition, and Health
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Melissa Coleman (Claremont McKenna College)
"Playing well with others"
9:15 am - 9:50 amDavid McDonald (University of Wyoming)
"Social networks: more than a pretty picture"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:20 am - 10:55 amNicholas Christakis (Harvard School of Public Health)
"The evolutionary origins of social homophily"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:40 amMichael Platt (Duke University)
"Primate social ethology: Tinbergen's four questions revisited"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmJongrae Kim (University of Glasgow)
"Robustness analysis of network modularity structure"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEcholocation in Mammals: Convergence and Plasticity
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Johannes Schul (University of Missouri)
"Processing of echoes in the auditory scene: plasticity and convergence"
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmAnnemarie Surlykke (University of Southern Denmark)
"Echolocation in bats and whales: from clicks to advanced call design"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmMelvyn Goodale (Western University)
"Neural substrates of echolocation in blind humans"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiomimetics: Natural and Artificial Neural Networks
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Masashi Kawasaki (University of Virginia)
"Processing of time varying signals in electric fishes"
9:15 am - 9:50 amJosh Bongard (University of Vermont)
"Neuroethology in other disciplines: How neuroscience and evolutionary biology inform robotics"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:20 am - 10:55 amAndrew Philippides (University of Sussex)
"Lessons from computational neuroethology: Understanding insect navigation"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:40 amAnsgar Büschges (University of Cologne)
"The neural basis of adaptive locomotor function: Experiments and simulations"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmMark Reimers (Virginia Commonwealth University)
"A project to use developmental genetic mechanisms to construct a spiking network circuits to control an animat"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiogenic Amines and Neural Circuit Activity
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Paul Stevenson (University of Leipzig)
"Introduction"
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmAna Silva (Universidad de la República)
"Neuroendocrinology of non-breeding territorial aggression"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmAmir Ayali (Tel Aviv University)
"Multifaceted amine modulation in the insect STNS"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSources of Variability in Neural Circuits
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Jens Herberholz (University of Maryland)
"Neural plasticity and behavioral consistency"
9:15 am - 9:50 amPaul Katz (Georgia State University)
"Homoplasy of neural circuits: How many ways are there to swim a slug?"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:20 am - 10:55 amDavid Bodznick (Wesleyan University)
"Adaptive mechanisms draw specificity from chaos: Neuron-specific filters in the electrosense"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:40 amEve Marder (Brandeis University)
"Robust neuromodulation in the face of parameter variability"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmSimon Sponberg (University of Washington)
"Motor consequences of hawkmoths' neural processing adaptations to challenging visual environments"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmComparative Neurobiology of Language
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Ofer Tchernichovski (CUNY Hunter College)
"A comparative approach to vocal learning and vocal culture: From birdsong to human language"
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmTecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna)
"Evaluating hypotheses about language evolution: Empirical approaches"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmAsif Ghazanfar (Princeton University)
"The dynamics, development and evolution of vocal turn-taking"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGene Networks Underlying Complex Behavior
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Karen Maruska (Louisiana State University)
"Understanding the link between genes and complex behaviors: Insights from network, genomic, and epistatic analyses"
9:15 am - 9:50 amKim Hoke (Colorado State University)
"Context shapes transcriptional and neural networks to modulate behavior"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:20 am - 10:55 amAmy Toth (Iowa State University)
"Genomic mechanisms of social dominance in paper wasps"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:40 amRalph Greenspan (University of California, San Diego)
"Epistatic gene interactions and behavior in Drosophila"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmSusan Renn (Reed College)
"Genetic accommodation and behavioral evolution: Insights from genomic studies"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSensorimotor Control of Reproduction
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Emma Coddington (Willamette University)
"Hormonal modulation of neural rhythms underlying reproductive behaviors"
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmKathy French (University of California - San Diego)
"Fictive flirting: The neuronal and hormonal basis of courtship behavior in medicinal leeches"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmYoshitaka Oka (University of Tokyo)
"GnRH neurons involved in central regulation of reproduction and reproductive behavior"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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