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Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Changing Face of Neuroethology: Integrating New and Old Approaches to Brains and Behavior


June 17-18, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Lena Veit & Eva K. Fischer

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 20, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution and Neurobiology is a unique forum for graduate students and post-docs to present their work, exchange experiences, and discuss cutting edge ideas. In addition to facilitating interactions with peers and future colleagues, the Gordon Research Seminar provides opportunities to receive mentorship from junior and senior faculty who are leaders in the field.

The focus of this year's meeting will be on bringing together junior scientist with diverse backgrounds and research programs. We want to celebrate tried and tested techniques as well as welcome novel ideas and approaches, as increased communication among researchers and integration across subdisciplines will shape the future of our field.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmThe Evolving Toolkit of Neuroethology
Discussion Leader: Jason Gallant (Michigan State University, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:30 pmCaitlin Lewarch (Hoekstra Lab, Harvard University, USA)
"The Genetic and Neural Basis of Nesting Behavior in Deer Mice (Genus Peromyscus)"
3:30 pm - 3:35 pmDiscussion
3:35 pm - 3:50 pmKathleen Bates (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Expanding the Behavioral Space of C. elegans: A Multi-Environment and Unbiased Approach"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmBehavior: Brains in Action
Discussion Leader: Daniela Vallentin (Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmNaomi Takahashi (Hokkaido University, Japan)
"Physiological Roles of Giant GABAergic Interneurons Supplying Mushroom Body Calyces of the Cockroach Brain"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmJan Ache (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"State-Dependent Gating of Descending Neurons Mediates Action Selection in Drosophila"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmCatherine Perrodin (University College London, United Kingdom)
"'I Like the Way You Sing' – Identifying Informative Acoustic Features for Mouse Social Cognition"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmAdriana Migliaro (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)
"Free Running in the Wild: Insights into the Circadian Rhythmicity of Electric Behavior in Nature"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAdaptation and the Nervous System
Discussion Leader: Julio Hechavarria (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:20 amCharlotte Barkan (Reed College, USA)
"Evolution of Vocal Circuits: Identifying Neurons Underlying Species-Specific Calls"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSam Reiter (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany)
"Attempting to Understand the Evolution of Cortical Function"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amPatric Vaelli (Michigan State University, USA)
"Animal-Microbial Symbiosis in Neuroethology: A Hologenomic Approach to Understanding Tetrodotoxin Toxicity in Salamanders"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amKaitlyn Scherer (Michigan State University, USA)
"Pain-Pathway K+ Channels in a Wild Rodent Exhibiting Reduced Sensitivity to Pain-Inducing Toxins"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Fishes and Birds and Neural Circuits - Insights from an Ongoing Career in Neuroethology
Discussion Leaders: Lena Veit (University of California, San Francisco, USA) and Eva Fischer (Harvard University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmCatherine Carr (University of Maryland, USA)
"Fishes and Birds and Neural Circuits - Insights from an Ongoing Career in Neuroethology"
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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