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Our lab group, based in the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is broadly interested in the behavior, sensory biology, physiology, and conservation of marine animals. Topics of current interest include:

  • how animals such as sea turtles, salmon, and lobsters use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate during long-distance migrations
  • geomagnetic imprinting and natal homing in sea turtles and salmon
  • the physics and neurobiology of magnetic field detection by animals
  • applications of sensory ecology and movement ecology to conservation biology
  • neuroethology and behavior of marine invertebrates
  • synchronization of behavior in mass-nesting sea turtles
  • behavior, migratory movements, and conservation physiology of Gal├ípagos megafauna

Techniques used range from electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, and transcriptomics to behavioral studies in the ocean, oceanographic modeling, and remote sensing. Whenever possible, we favor innovative approaches that cut across traditional academic boundaries and combine elements from disparate fields.

Last edited 09.01.2018