Organismal Biology and Behavior

Duke's Biology Department has a strong history of research and training in organismal biology and behavior. Physiology, comparative biomechanics, developmental biology, paleontology and macroevolution, neurobiology and behavioral ecology are all well-represented, with faculty working in diverse systems (both plant and animal) and on a large range of interesting problems in these fields. Organismal biology underlies and connects with essentially all major disciplines in biology, so faculty and students in this group have strong intellectual ties across the department.

  • Susan C. Alberts, Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology and Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Professor in the Divison of Marine Science and Conservation and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Res
       Behavorial ecology and ecological genetics of large mammals

  • Vikas Bhandawat, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Investigator of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Drosophila olfaction

  • Sonke Johnsen, Professor of Biology and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Comparative physiology; focusing on vision, crypsis, optics, and bioluminescence in the open ocean

  • Peter H. Klopfer, Professor Emeritus
       animal behavior and behavioral ecology

  • Daniel W. McShea, Professor of Biology and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
       Hierarchy Theory, Macroevolution, Philosophy of Biology

  • H. Frederik Nijhout, John Franklin Crowell Professor
       Developmental physiology/development and evolution

  • Stephen Nowicki, Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Psychology and Neuroscience and Bass Fellow and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Function, structure, and evolution of animal signaling systems

  • Sheila N Patek, Associate Professor
       

  • V. Louise Roth, Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology
       Morphological and molecular evolution in mammals: size, shape, and ontogeny

  • Kathleen K. Smith, Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology
       Functional morphology and evolution of vertebrates; craniofacial development, evolutionary morphology

  • John E. Staddon, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience and Biology
       

  • Vance A. Tucker, Professor Emeritus of Zoology
       

  • Marcy K. Uyenoyama, Professor
       Population genetics, molecular evolution

  • Stephen A. Wainwright, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus
       Biomechanics; Design in organisms and engineering

  • Richard A. White, University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Botany and Dean Emeritus of Trinity College
       Comparative anatomy of vascular plants

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