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Dr. David Stephens

I'm interested in recruiting 1 or 2 students for fall 2011. I am an experimental behavior ecologist with two key areas of interest: decision-making and behavioral plasticity. Both of these topics connect our group with other disciplines in behavior such as psychology, neuroscience and economics.  Currently, we are focused on a relatively simple model of plasticity that considers the interaction between reliability and uncertainty. Using captive blue jays we are applying our model to the experimental studies of aposematism. In addition, we are using the same model to study the evolution of learning abilities in Drosophila. My lab tries to focus on conceptually important questions, and explore these question via rigorous modeling and experimentation.