When should you listen to your mom's advice? Laura's fellowship will assess how offspring integrate maternal experience with population history and own experience into behavioral, morphological, and physiological phenotypes by incorporating behavioral, hormonal, neurobiological, and genomic approaches. Her fellowship will also provide funding to help develop hypothesis-driven STEM programs in cooperation with nearby schools, as well as develop resources for women in the early stages of their careers in biology. Congratulations Laura!
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.