This semester, our lab group, formerly known as HAGFish, expanded to include a new member - Dr. Kristen Ruegg. Our new group acronym is "G-RHAF" (pronounced like "giraffe") for Primary Investigators Ghalambor, Ruegg, Hoke, Angeloni, and Funk . At the end of September in our monthly G-RHAF lab group meeting, Leorah led a discussion of the CSU Principles of Community and Kim Dolphin led an activity for creating community standards or group norms, from which this document was synthesized. It's a way for us to maintain clarity about our needs and expectations as our lab group grows. One of the benefits of working with such a large group of great scientists is the many opportunities for collaboration, but working in such close proximity and sharing space and equipment also means it's important for us to know how to interact positively and respectfully. This document allows us to explicitly state the values of our group and the expectations that we agree to uphold.
Our primary goal is to understand the processes that shape evolutionary trajectories. We focus on the mechanisms of convergent evolution of behavioral and morphological traits. We link molecular, neural, and developmental mechanisms to their consequences for organismal phenotypes, and we investigate the neural and hormonal mechanisms of context- or experience-dependent changes in behavior.