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Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood

My research centers on the ecology and evolution of learning and phenotypic plasticity, so as to understand why organisms vary in their response to novel and variable environments. I study a range of topics, from the neural and reproductive costs of learning to developmental constraints on alternate phenotypes.    My research integrates techniques across a range of fields, including behavioral ecology, neurobiology and molecular genetics. I use a variety of insect systems, including butterflies and horned beetles, and am open to other tractable systems. I am interested in recruiting one or two grad students to join my lab Fall 2011. Please visit my website for more information: