Toad ear expert extraordinaire Molly has recently been awarded a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the NSF! Molly's work will assess the genetic architecture underlying ear loss events across Bufonidae. Congratulations Molly!
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.