Melissa J Coleman
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Keck Science Center B37
Office Hours: on sabbatical
Web Site:
Educational Background:
BS, Samford University
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoc, Brandeis University
Postdoc, Barrow Neurological Institute
Postdoc, Duke University
Courses Taught:
BIOL 80L Behavioral Neurobiology
BIOL 095 Foundations in Neuroscience
BIOL 148L Neuroscience1: Cell and Molecular
BIOL 149 Neuroscience2: Systems
BIOL 044L Bio 44 lab
BIOL 043L Bio 43 lab
BIOL 140 Selected topics in Neuroscience
Research Interests:
Neural basis of behavior, cellular and systems neurobiology, birdsong
Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Coleman, M.J., Day, N.F., Rivera-Parra, D.P., and E.S. Fortune . (2021). Neurophysiological coordination of duet singing.. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA   118: e2018188118. Abstract Article
2.   Elie, J.E., Hoffman, S., Dunning, J., Coleman, M.J., Fortune, E.S., and J.F. Prather . (2019). From perception to action: The role of auditory input in shaping vocal communication and social behaviors in birds. Brain Behavior and Evolution   94: 51-60. Abstract Article
3.   Day, N.F., D. Saxon*, A. Robbins*, L. Harris*, E. Nee*, N. Shroff-Mehta*, K. Stout*, J. Sun*, N. Lillie*, M. Burns*, C. Korn* and M.J. Coleman . (2019). D2 dopamine receptor activation induces female preference for male song in the monogamous zebra finch. Journal of Experimental Biology   222: jeb191510. Abstract Article
4.   Coleman, M.J., D. Saxon*, A. Robbins*, N. Lillie* and N.F. Day . (2019). Operant Conditioning Task to Measure Song Preference in Zebra Finches. Journal of Visualized Experiments   : . Abstract Article
5.   Coleman, M.J. and E.S. Fortune . (2018). Duet singing in plain-tailed wrens. Current Biology   : . Article
6.   Heston, J.B, J. Simon IV, N.F. Day, M.J. Coleman, and S.A. White . (2018). Bidirectional scaling of vocal variability by an avian cortico-basal ganglia circuit. Physiological Reports   6: e13638. Abstract Article
7.   Coleman, M.J. . (2017). Melissa Coleman. Current Biology   : . Article
8.   Williams, S.M.*, A. Nast* and M.J. Coleman . (2012). Characterization of synaptically connected nuclei in a potential motor feedback pathway in the zebra finch song system. PLoS ONE   7(2): e32178. Abstract
9.   Fortune, E.S., C. Rodriguez, D. Li, G.F. Ball and M.J. Coleman . (2011). Neural mechanisms for the coordination of duet singing in wrens. Science   334: 666-70. Abstract
10.   Remage-Healey, L., M.J. Coleman, R. K. Oyama, and B. A. Schlinger . (2010). Brain estrogens rapidly strengthen auditory encoding and guide song preference in a songbird. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA   107: 3852–3857. Abstract
11.   Bauer EE, MJ Coleman, TF Roberts, A Roy, J Prather, R Mooney . (2008). A Synaptic Basis for Auditory-Vocal Integration in the Songbird. Journal of Neurosience   28: 1509-1522.
12.   Coleman MJ, A Roy, JM Wild and R Mooney . (2007). Thalamic gating of auditory responses in telencephalic song control nuclei. Journal of Neurosience   27: 10024-10036.
13.   Coleman, MJ and ET Vu . (2005). Recovery of impaired songs following unilateral but not bilateral lesions of nucleus uvaeformis of adult zebra finches. J Neurobiology   63: 70-89.
14.   Coleman, MJ and R Mooney . (2004). Synaptic transformations underlying highly selective auditory representations of learned birdsong. J Neuroscience   24: 7251-7265.