Sensory Biology, Behavior & Evolution (SBBE)

This research and graduate training group focuses on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, and evolution directed at how organisms sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Research includes mechanisms of sensory system function, neuroethology, behavioral ecology, sexual selection, sensory ecology, genomics and evolutionary developmental biology (evo/devo) of sensory traits and response systems. Research at the intersection of these disciplines is making significant contributions to many other areas, including human behavior and medicine, molecular genetics, physiology and endocrinology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Faculty in this group form interdisciplinary collaborations with departments in the UC College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Research Center, Environmental Health, Biomedical Engineering, and the Molecular Markers Cluster.

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SBBE Faculty

Research Interests
D. Buchholz Evo/devo; hormonal control of development
E. Buschbeck Neuroethology: function and evolution of insect visual systems
E. Griff Neurophysiology of vertebrate sensory systems; olfaction
J. Gross Molecular and genetic bases for cave adaptation; Evo-devo
P Guerra Sensory ecology; orientation and navigation mechanisms; animal architecture
B. Jayne Neural control of movement and behavior of vertebrates
J. Layne Neuroethology; mechanisms of animal navigation
N. Morehouse Visual and behavioral ecology, coevolutionary dynamics of reproductive traits
M. Polak Evolution of insect reproductive traits; sexual selection
S. Rollmann Behavior genetics and genomics; evolution of chemosensory systems
G. Uetz Animal communication, sensory ecology and sexual selection; arachnology
D. Vandeelst Sensory ecology, models of bat echolocation and flight control, robotic and computational models


SBBE Faculty

Research Interests
T. Cook , Children's Hospital Developmental Biology
P. Scheifele , College of Allied Health Science Bioacoustics
E. Villegas , USEPA Parasitology