Research Grant
Assoc. Professor of Biology Melissa Coleman
The National Science Foundation has recently awarded Assistant Professor of Biology Melissa Coleman a $150K grant to study the cooperative singing behavior and underlying brain activity in the plain-tailed wren, a bird that lives on the slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. How are behaviors that require cooperation between two individuals produced in the brain? For example, how does the brain activity change when two people are dancing a tango compared to when each individual is dancing his or her own part? To date almost no studies have addressed how the brain produces cooperative behavior. Keck Science students will be able to travel to Ecuador to work on this project and interact with Ecuadorian students.  


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