Over the weekend Kim, Miles and Laura went to Austin, TX for the Center for Brain, Behavior & Evolution's spring symposium with the theme of Behavioral Epigenetics. Kim Hoke gave a talk on "The epigenetics of fear in tropical guppies" and Miles presented a poster entitled "A Fish Tale: Influence of Predation on RNA Editing in the Trinidadian Guppy."
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.