Sheryl Coombs, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences and J. P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior
Students will participate in research projects designed to answer questions about how animals find their way in the dark – e.g. what kind of behavioral strategies do they use for exploring and learning novel environments and how do they acquire spatial information using non-visual sensory systems? Students will be mentored by faculty and postdoctoral fellows, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, who all work together in my lab as a team. They will gain experience with the design and conduct of behavioral and anatomical experiments and the analysis and interpretation of experimental results. In addition, they will participate in journal clubs to learn how to read and interpret the primary literature and to gain foundational knowledge in basic concepts related to neuroscience, sensory biology, sensory ecology, neuroethology, spatial cognition, hydrodynamics and evolution. Students will work towards a capstone project that involves presenting their work in poster format.
Life Science Building