Today, February 13th, at 2 PM in CAS 211 three biologists will meet for an integrated forum on bird song. Although the forum is for the CC106 class, anyone is welcome. Professor Tim Gardner will discuss the physiology of sound and hearing, Professor Frederick Wasserman will discuss the behavioral function of bird vocalizations and Jelle Atema will discuss “Is it music?”
Professor Tim Gardner received his PhD from the Rockefeller University. He teaches a course on neuroethology is research focuses on the mechanisms of temporal sequence perception and production, focusing on vocal learning in songbirds. Read more about his research here.
Professor Frederick Wasserman received a PhD from the University of Maryland. His research focuses on bird song, behavior and territoriality from an evolutionary perspective and recently he has focused on Ovenbirds in suburban Massachusetts. He teaches a number of courses, including introductory biology, ecology, vertebrate zoology, animal behavior and ornithology.
Professor Jelle Atema received his PhD from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the chemical ecology of lobsters, navigation in sharks and dispersal in larval reef fishes. He is an adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and in addition to teaching in the core natural sciences, he teaches a course in the marine science program.
If you cannot make it to the forum, don’t fret: We’ll make sure to post a synopsis of what was discussed!