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The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) was one of the very first departments to combine the study of animal behavior with its neural basis, based on the belief that the interface between them was one of great research potential. NB&B has a distinguished faculty with interests ranging from the intrinsic properties of neurons to the organization of animal societies. Research in the Department falls into five overlapping core areas: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, chemical ecology, and animal social behavior.

Faculty, postdoctoral associates, technical staff, and graduate students all share the goal of understanding how the nervous system underlies behavior. NB&B offers a broad range of courses and research opportunities for undergraduate students, making it the most popular biology concentration at Cornell.

The associated Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior encompasses all aspects of neurobiological and behavioral research on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. The graduate program's goal is to advance the understanding of neurobiology and behavior by training the next generation of scientists working at this exciting interface.

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On September 1 at 4pm, join Thomas D. Seeley
in Rm 160 Mann Library for a Chats in the
Stacks book talk
about Following the Wild Bees!


To turn right or left? Joseph Fetcho’s work with zebrafish reveals circuitry underlying fundamental motor choices.

Six scientists named inaugural Mong
neurotech fellows
– congratulations!


Vikram Gadagkar (postdoc Goldberg lab) has
been awarded the Simons Collaboration on the
Global Brain (SCGB) Postdoctoral Fellowship
– congratulations!

Please see this very nice article in the Cornell Chronicle "Recongnition dinner marks
milestone years of staff service"
our very own Martha Lyon – congratulations!


Congratulations! Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Honors theses.

Robert R. Capranica Award - Neuroethology:
Ian Pengra (laboratory of Dr. Andrew Bass) and
Alexander Farhang (laboratory of Dr. Jesse

Miriam M. Salpeter Award - Neurobiology:
Kaitlyn Krebushevski (laboratory of Dr. David Deitcher) and Tori Riccelli (laboratory of Dr. Jesse Goldberg).

Cynthia Kagarise Sherman Award - Behavior:
Madeleine Ostwald (laboratory of Dr. Thomas
Seeley) and David Weber (laboratory of Dr.
Walter Koenig). ____________________________________

KUDOS - CALS Outstanding Graduate
Teaching Assistants for 2015-2016:

Julie Miller - BIONB 2210 - Introduction to
Nirav Patel - BIOG 1500 - Investigative
Biology Laboratory
David Peck - BIOG 1440 - Comparative
Glenn Stamps - BIOG 1440 - Comparative


Robert Raguso receives the 2017 Silverstein-Simeone Award from the International Society
of Chemical Ecology. This award recognizes Rob’s “cutting edge” research in chemical ecology.

Sam Doernberg and Joe DiPietro; Teaching Neuroscience in Prison.


Smith, M. L., M. M. Ostwald, and T. D. Seeley. Honey bee sociometry: tracking honey bee colonies and their nest contents from colony founding until death. Insectes Sociaux: 1-11.

Madeleine M. Ostwald, Michael L. Smith, Thomas D. Seeley. The behavioral regulation of thirst, water collection and water storage in honey bee colonies.
Journal of Experimental Biology 2016 219: 2156-2165; doi: 10.1242/jeb.139824

Claire Rusch, Geoffrey T. Broadhead, Robert A Raguso and Jeffrey A Riffell. Olfaction in
context - sources of nuance in plant-pollinator
.COIS 2016, 15:53-60.

Disentangling visual and olfactory signals in mushroom-mimicking Dracula orchids using
realistic three-dimensional printed flowers.
Policha et al; New Phytologist

John Sullivan, Sebastien Lavoué and Carl Hopkins.
A new genus of electric fish from Gabon with two new species. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.561.7137 d


The 2015-2016 Seminar Series has concluded. Coming soon: upcoming Fall 2016 speakers.

NBB Seminar Series

Weekly presentations from renowned researchers on their current work, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Thursdays, 12:30-1:30PM, A106 Morison Room, Corson Mudd Hall


Lunch Bunch Journal Club
A weekly discussion group for the evaluation of ongoing research projects - not necessarily finished products - in areas related to animal behavior. NBB graduate students studying animal behavior are encouraged to sign up to present once every year, especially those students in their second year and beyond. Students, post-docs and faculty from any field are welcome to both present and attend.

Tuesdays, 12:20-1:30 PM, W358 Mudd Hall

Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior
A weekly journal club for presenting recent papers of consequence and potentially broad interest.

Fridays 10:30-11:30, Rosenblatt room, Mudd Hall

The Cornell Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience welcomes students to join us for regular meetings, dinners with faculty, outreach opportunities at the Science Center, and lab tours.


Alumni and Faculty have teamed up to establish an endowment that will have a lasting impact on graduate student research in Neurobiology and Behavior. This endowment generates funds devoted exclusively to supporting our in-house program of Research Grants for graduate students, and we need your help to grow it.

Make a tax-deductible donation today!