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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 brought this idea to fruition with its interactive faculty, postdocs and graduate students all sharing the goal of understanding how the nervous system underlies behavior.  Using sophisticated tools of genetics, optogenetics, imaging, computational neuroscience, and game theory NB&B researchers are exploring the frontiers of neurobiology and behavior.

  New Publications


Adkins-Regan, E. (2011). Neuroendocrine contributions to sexual partner preference in birds. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 32, 155-163.

Correa, S. M., Horan, C. M., Johnson, P. A. and Adkins-Regan, E. (2011). Copulatory behaviors and body condition predict post-mating female hormone concentrations, fertilization success and primary sex ratios in Japanese quail. Hormones and Behavior 59, 556-564

Bass, A. H and B. Chagnaud (2012) Shared developmental and evolutionary origins of neural basis of vocal-acoustic and pectoral-gestural signaling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)

Chagnaud, B., M. C. Zee, R. Baker, and A. H. Bass (2012) Innovations in motoneuron synchrony drive rapid temporal modulations in vertebrate acoustic signaling. Journal of Neurophysiology Mar 14 [Epub ahead of print].

Chagnaud, B., R. Baker, and A. H. Bass (2011) Vocalization frequency and duration are coded in separate hindbrain nuclei. Nature Communications 2:346, June 14 2011 (online publication) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1349

Rice, A., Land, B. R., and A. H. Bass (2011) Nonlinear acoustic complexity in a fish “two-voice” system. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 278: 3762-3768. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2011.0656

Rohmann, K. N., and A. H. Bass (2011) Seasonal plasticity of auditory hair cell frequency sensitivity correlates with plasma steroid levels in a vocal fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 214:1931-1942.

Arterbery, A. S, D. J. Fergus, E. A. Fogarty, J, Mayberry ,D. L. Deitcher, W. L. Kraus and A. H. Bass (2011) Evolution of ligand specificity in verebrate corticosteroid receiptors. BMC Evolutionary Biology, Jan 14, 11:14.

Forlano, P.M., and A. H. Bass (2011) Neural and hormonal mechanisms of reproductive-related arousal in fishes. Hormones and Behavior 59:616-629.

Wajid, N. A. and Halpern, B. P. (2012) Oral-Cavity Discrimination of Vapor-Phase Long-Chain 18-carbon Fatty Acids. Chemical Senses, Advanced access published March 29, 2012. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjs041

Kallas, O. and Halpern, B. P. (2011) Retronasal discrimination between vapor-phase long-chain, aliphatic fatty acids. Chemosensory Perception, 4: 16-24. doi: 10.1007/s12078-011-9085-5

Goeritz, M. L., Ouyang, Q. and Harris-Warrick, R. M. (2011) Localization and funcion of I. channels in a small neural network. J. Neurophysiol., Epub ahead of print.

Zhong, G., Sharma K., and Harris-Warrick, R. M. (2011) Frequency-dependent recruitment of V2a interneurons during fictive locomotion in the mouse spinal cord. Nature Comm.,

Gallant, J. R., Arnegard, M. E., Sullivan, J. P., Carlson, B. A. and Hopkins, C. D. (2011) Signal variation and its morphological correlates in Paramormyrops kingsleyae provide insight into the evolution of electrogenic signal diversity in mormyrid electric fish. J Comp Physiol A DOI 10.1007/s00359-011-0643-8

Raguso, R.A. (2012) New Synthesis: Exploring the chemical links in ecological food webs. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 441.

Raguso, R.A., W. Boland, T. Hartmann, J.A. Pickett. (2011) Editorial: Special Issue, Plant-insect interactions. Phytochemistry 72: 1495-1496.

Raguso, R.A. (2011) Book review: “Multiplicity in unity”, by C.M. Herrera. Quarterly Review of Biology 86: 146-147.

Raguso, R.A. (2011) For love of Eisner. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 546-547.

Raguso, R.A. (2011) Floral volatiles. Pp. 99-101. McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology.

Becklin, K.M., G. Gamez, B. Uelk, R.A. Raguso, C. Galen. Mycorrhizae mediate host plant reproduction through effects on floral signals, pollinator rewards and behavior of floral visitors. (2011) American Journal of Botany 98: 1299–1308.

Svensson, G.P., O. Pellmyr, R.A. Raguso. (2011) Pollinator attraction to volatiles from virgin and pollinated  host flowers in a yucca/moth obligate mutualism. Oikos 120: 1577–1583.

Raguso, R.A. (2012) New Synthesis: Exploring the chemical links in ecological food webs. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 441.

Raguso, R.A., W. Boland, T. Hartmann, J.A. Pickett. (2011) Editorial: Special Issue, Plant-insect interactions. Phytochemistry 72: 1495-1496.

Raguso, R.A. (2011) Book review: “Multiplicity in unity”, by C.M. Herrera. Quarterly Review of Biology 86: 146-147.

Seeley, T.D., P.K. Visscher, T. Schlegel, P.M. Hogan, N.R. Franks, and J.A.R. Marshall. (2012) Stop signals provide cross inhibition in collective decision-making by honey bee swarms.  Science 335:108-111.

Liang, Z.S., T. Nguyen, H.R. Mattila, S.L. Rodriguez-Zas, T.D. Seeley, and G.E. Robinson.  (2012) Molecular determinants of scouting behavior in honey bees. Science 335:1225-1228.

Mattila, H.R. and T.D. Seeley. (2011) Does a polyandrous honeybee queen improve through patriline diversity the activity of her colony’s scouting foragers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:799-811. .

Girard, M.B., H.R. Mattila, and T.D. Seeley. (2011) Recruitment-dance signals draw larger audiences when honey bee colonies have multiple patrilines. Insectes Sociaux 58:77-86.

Mendelson, T. C. and Shaw, K. L. (2012). The (mis)concept of species recognition. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, In press (published online May 2012).

Oh, K. P., Fergus, D. J., Grace, J. L. and Shaw, K. L.( 2012). Interspecific genetics of speciation phenotypes: song and preference coevolution in Hawaiian crickets. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, In press (published online May 2012).

Shaw, K. L. (2012). Species and speciation: overview. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. In press. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Fedorka, K. M., Winterhalter, W. E., Shaw, K. L., Brogan, W. E., and Mousseau, T. A. (2012). The role of gene flow asymmetry along an environmental gradient in constraining local adaptation and range expansion in the ground cricket Allonemobius socius. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, In press.

Grace, J. L. and Shaw, K. L. (2012). Incipient sexual isolation in Laupala: females discriminate acoustically differentiated populations. Current Zoology 58: 416-425.

Wiley, C., Ellison, C. K. and Shaw, K. L. (2012). Widespread genetic linkage of mating signals and preferences in the Hawaiian cricket Laupala. Proc. R. Soc. London B 279:1203-1209.

Singh, N. D. and Shaw, K. L. (2012). On the scent of pleiotropy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 109: 5-6.

Caro, T. and P. W. Sherman (2012) Vanishing behaviors. Conservation Letters 5: 1-8

Young, S.L., Sherman, P.W., Lucks, J.B., and G. Pelto.( 2011) Why on earth? Evaluating hypotheses about the physiological functions of human geophagy. Quarterly Review of Biology 86: 97-120.

Caro, T. and P.W. Sherman. (2011) Behavioural ecology cannot profit from unstructured environmental change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 321-322.

Caro, T. and P.W. Sherman. (2011) Endangered species and a threatened discipline: behavioural ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 111-118.

Abbot, P. et al. (P.W. Sherman is among 127 co-authors). (2011) Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471: E1-E4.

Sakata, J.T. and Vehrencamp, S.L. (2012). Integrating perspectives on vocal performance and consistency. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 201-209.

Shen, S-F.,
Vehrencamp, S.L., Johnstone, R.A., Chen, H-C., Chan, S-F., Liao, W-Y., Lin, K-Y. and Yuan, H-W. (2012). Unfavorable environment limits social conflict in Yuhina brunneiceps. Nature Communications 3: 885.




New Books


By Thomas D. Seeley





by Thomas Eisner



by Thomas Eisner,
Maria Eisner, and
Melody Siegler


Biology, Conservation, and Human Interactions
with a foreword by Thomas D. Seeley
Benjamin P. Oldroyd
Siriwat Wongsiri


Vol 1 and Vol 2. The Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of Lower Guinea, West-Central Africa.
Melanie Stiassny, Guy G. Teugels, and Carl D. Hopkins, Editors

Jerry Wolff and Paul W. Sherman, Editors