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Animal Behavior PhD Program Faculty

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Stephen Pratt

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

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Animal Behavior PhD Program

Animal behavior is a graduate degree program that will provide doctorate-level training in mechanistic and functional approaches to understanding behavior in a variety of animal taxa...

Program Faculty

Gro Amdam

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

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Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director Undergraduate Programs

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

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Heather Bimonte-Nelson

For more than two decades, Bimonte-Nelson has conducted preclinical evaluations of multiple domains of cognitive function as related to aging. She heads the Memory and Aging Laboratory at ASU.

Mary Burleson
Assoc Professor

Burleson earned her doctorate in psychology (behavioral neuroscience program) from ASU in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at Ohio State University. She joined the ASU faculty in 1997.

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Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Regent's Professor

Castillo-Chavez's research program is at the interface of the mathematical and natural and social sciences. He is the rector of Yachay University of Experimental Technical Research in Ecuador.

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Cheryl Conrad
Asst Vice Pres & Professor

Conrad's research interests include studies on the neurobiology of chronic stress, sex differences in neuroplasticity following chronic stress, and links between stress and depression or anxiety disorders.

Psychology, Rm 208 950 S. McAllister Ave (Box 1104)
Dale DeNardo
Associate Professor

DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

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Pierre Deviche

Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

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Natalia Dounskaia

Dounskaia investigates how the central nervous system adjusts its descending signals to the biomechanical properties of the limbs. Her teaching interests include fundamental issues of motor control and their applications.

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Jennifer Fewell
President's Professor

Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.

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Leah Gerber
Professor and GIOS Center Director

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

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Jon Harrison

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

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Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Professor

Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry, astrobiology, and organic geochemistry.

Stephen Helms Tillery
Associate Professor

Helms Tillery is a neuroscientist who is particularly interested in how the brain learns to use sensory information in the control of skilled motor tasks.

Kim Hill

Hill began his education in molecular genetics but switched to evolutionary anthropology in 1980. He has held faculty positions at Emory University, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, and A.S.U

Bert Hoelldobler
University Professor and Regents' Professor

Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.

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Chad Johnson
Associate Professor

Johnson's areas of expertise include philosophy of science, animal behavior, conservation ecology, sexual cannibalism and conflict in arthropods, black widow spiders.

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Carol Johnston
Assoc Dean & Professor

Johnston is an expert in vitamin C metabolism, the medicinal use of vinegar, high protein diets, and vegetarian nutrition. She is also the associate dean for faculty success in the College of Health Solutions.

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Yun Kang

Kang's primary research interests are mathematical biology and nonlinear dynamical systems theory with applications in biology, life and social sciences.

Douglas Kenrick
President's Professor

Kenrick's research is on integrating models from evolutionary biology and cognitive science to study the effects of fundamental social motivations on cognition.

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Peter Killeen

Killeen studies behavioral decision theory, statistical inference and information theory.

Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor and ASU-SFI BCI Director

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

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Juergen Liebig
Associate Professor

Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.

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Emilia Martins
Professor; Assoc. Director, Graduate Programs

Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.

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Michael McBeath

McBeath's research interests include perception, baseball, audition and navigation.

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Kevin McGraw
Professor and SOLS Associate Director

McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

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Leanne Nash

Nash's areas of focus is in physical anthropology: primate social behavior and ecology, Galagos and the role of gum.

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Janet Neisewander

Neisewander's research contributes to understanding the development and treatment of drug addiction and provides new knowledge of mechanisms involved in emotional processing, and learning and memory.

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Steven Neuberg
Chair and Professor

Neuberg's interests include evolutionary approaches to human sociality; stigma; prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; motivation influences on cognition; and religion and conflict.

M. Foster Olive
Associate Professor

Dr. Olive 's group is interested in examining how abused drugs affect the brain on a neurobiological level.

Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

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Robert Page
Provost Emeritus; Foundation Chair of Life Sciences

Using the honey bee as a model, Regents Professor Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.

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Theodore Pavlic
Asst Professor

Pavlic works in interdisciplinary decision-making problems in natural and artificial autonomous systems. He is also the associate director of research for The Biomimicry Center at ASU.

Stephen Pratt

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

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Ronald Rutowski
Emeritus Professor

Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.

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Federico Sanabria
Assoc Professor

Sanabria studies basic behavioral and cognitive processes underlying behavioral regulation in various species, and applies this research to the study of psychiatric disorders.

Joan Silk
Regents Professor

Silk moved to ASU in 2012, from UCLA. She is interested in how natural selection shapes the evolution of social behavior in primates.

Andrew Smith
Emeritus Professor

Smith is a conservation biologist who works with mammals, primarily pikas, in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau. He serves as chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group.

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Brian Smith
Trustees of ASU Professor

Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Brian Sullivan

Sullivan is a professor and adjunct curator in herpetology. He works on the ecology, behavior, systematics and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of the desert Southwest.

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Thomas Taylor
Associate Professor

Taylor studies the discrete geometry of network embeddings.

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