Animal Behavior PhD Program Faculty
Animal behavior is a graduate degree program that will provide doctorate-level training in mechanistic and functional approaches to understanding behavior in a variety of animal taxa...
Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.
Michael Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.
For more than two decades, Bimonte-Nelson has conducted preclinical evaluations of multiple domains of cognitive function as related to aging. She heads the Memory and Aging Laboratory at ASU.
Burleson earned her doctorate in psychology (behavioral neuroscience program) from ASU in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at Ohio State University. She joined the ASU faculty in 1997.
Conrad's research interests include studies on the neurobiology of chronic stress, sex differences in neuroplasticity following chronic stress, and links between stress and depression or anxiety disorders.
DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.
Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.
Dounskaia investigates how the central nervous system adjusts its descending signals to the biomechanical properties of the limbs. Her teaching interests include fundamental issues of motor control and their applications.
Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.
Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.
Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.
Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry, astrobiology, and organic geochemistry.
Helms Tillery is a neuroscientist who is particularly interested in how the brain learns to use sensory information in the control of skilled motor tasks.
Hill began his education in molecular genetics but switched to evolutionary anthropology in 1980. He has held faculty positions at Emory University, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, and A.S.U
Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.
Johnson's areas of expertise include philosophy of science, animal behavior, conservation ecology, sexual cannibalism and conflict in arthropods, black widow spiders.
Johnston is an expert in vitamin C metabolism, the medicinal use of vinegar, high protein diets, and vegetarian nutrition. She is also the associate dean for faculty success in the College of Health Solutions.
Kang's primary research interests are mathematical biology and nonlinear dynamical systems theory with applications in biology, life and social sciences.
Kenrick's research is on integrating models from evolutionary biology and cognitive science to study the effects of fundamental social motivations on cognition.
Killeen studies behavioral decision theory, statistical inference and information theory.
Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.
Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.
McBeath's research interests include perception, baseball, audition and navigation.
McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.
Nash's areas of focus is in physical anthropology: primate social behavior and ecology, Galagos and the role of gum.
Neisewander's research contributes to understanding the development and treatment of drug addiction and provides new knowledge of mechanisms involved in emotional processing, and learning and memory.
Neuberg's interests include evolutionary approaches to human sociality; stigma; prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; motivation influences on cognition; and religion and conflict.
Dr. Olive 's group is interested in examining how abused drugs affect the brain on a neurobiological level.
Paaijmans is a disease ecologist with a strong interest in how the biology and ecology of parasites, viruses and insect vectors shape the distribution and intensity of infectious diseases
Pavlic works in interdisciplinary decision-making problems in natural and artificial autonomous systems. He is also the associate director of research for The Biomimicry Center at ASU.
Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.
Sanabria studies basic behavioral and cognitive processes underlying behavioral regulation in various species, and applies this research to the study of psychiatric disorders.
Silk moved to ASU in 2012, from UCLA. She is interested in how natural selection shapes the evolution of social behavior in primates.
Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Sullivan is a professor and adjunct curator in herpetology. He works on the ecology, behavior, systematics and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of the desert Southwest.