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Stephen Pratt
Associate Professor

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.

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Animal Behavior PhD Program

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...

Program Faculty

Gro Amdam

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

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Michael Angilletta

Michael Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand adaptation to changing environments.

Heather Bimonte-Nelson

Dr. Bimonte-Nelson is a Professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mary Burleson
Assoc Professor

Mary H. Burleson is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience program) from Arizona State University in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at Ohio State University in t

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Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Regent's Professor

Castillo-Chavez's research program is at the interface of the mathematical and natural and social sciences. He is the rector of Yachay University of Experimental Technical Research in Ecuador.

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Cheryl Conrad
Asst Vice Pres & Professor

Dr. 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.

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Dale DeNardo
Associate Professor

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.

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Pierre Deviche

Pierre Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

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Jennifer Fewell
President's Professor

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.

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Leah Gerber
Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

As founding director, Leah Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

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Jon Harrison

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

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Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Professor

Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and in the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry and organic geochemistry.

Kim Hill

Dr. 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

Bert Hoelldobler
University Professor of Life Sciences; Regents' and Foundation Professor

Bert 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.

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Chad Johnson
Associate Professor

J. Chadwick (Chad) Johnson is an Associate Professor in the New College School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kentucky in 2003.

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Carol Johnston
Asc Dir (FSC) & Professor

Carol S. Johnston is the associate director of the Nutrition Program at ASU and an expert in vitamin C metabolism, the medicinal use of vinegar, high protein/low carbohydrate diets for weight loss, and vegetarian diets.

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Yun Kang
Assoc Professor
Douglas Kenrick

Dr. Kenrick is a Professor in the Department of Psychology whose research is on integrating models from evolutionary biology and cognitive science to study the effects of fundamental social motivations on cognition.

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Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is the co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and associate director of ASU's Origins Project,

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Juergen Liebig
Associate Professor

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.

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Michael McBeath
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Kevin McGraw

Kevin 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.

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Leanne Nash

Physical Anthropology: Primate Social Behavior and Ecology; Galagos; Role of Gum

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Janet Neisewander

Janet 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.

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Steven Neuberg
Chair and Professor

Interests include evolutionary approaches to human sociality; stigma; prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; motivation influences on cognition; religion and conflict.

M. Foster Olive
Associate Professor

Dr. Olive is a Professor in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology

Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Miles Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

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Robert Page
Provost Emeritus; Foundation Chair of Life Sciences

Using the honey bee as a model, Regents' Professor Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.

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Theodore Pavlic
Associate Director for Research

Theodore 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.

Stephen Pratt
Associate Professor

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.

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Ronald Rutowski
Emeritus Professor

Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.

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Joan Silk

Silk moved to ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change in 2012, from UCLA. She is interested in how natural selection shapes the evolution of social behavior in primates.

Andrew Smith
Emeritus Professor

Andrew Smith is a conservation biologist who works with mammals, primarily pikas, in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau. He serves as Chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group.

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Brian Smith
Trustees of ASU Professor

Brian 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.

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Brian Sullivan

Brian 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.

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