Laura Stein was pleased to host her former PhD advisor, Dr. Alison Bell, for this week's Biology Department Seminar! Alison gave a very interesting talk on variation and plasticity in social behavior in stickleback fish. She had the opportunity to meet with professors and graduate students from the department and see first-hand where Laura is working these days. It was our pleasure to host her and we hope she enjoyed her visit as much as we did!
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.