Neuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty

We investigate causal, developmental, functional, and evolutionary aspects of animal behavior. This includes analyzing genetic,
neural and psychological mechanisms underlying behavior, as well as their evolutionary consequences in terms of speciation and diversification. Research is conducted both in laboratory and field populations.

Within OEB, we focus primarily on animal systems other than humans, including the neurobiology of learning and memory, the behavioral ecology of species interactions, mating behavior and its role in species divergence, and perceptions involved in social interactions.

Benjamin L. de Bivort

Benjamin L. de Bivort

  • Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

debivort@oeb.harvard.edu
de Bivort Lab

Evolution FacultyBehavior FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty Physiology Faculty

Discovering why individuals behave uniquely by linking automated quantification of behavior to variation at the molecular, cellular and neural circuit levels
Scott Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies

sedwards@fas.harvard.edu
Edwards Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Evolutionary biology of birds and relatives, combining field, museum and genomics approaches to understand the basis of avian diversity, evolution and behavior

Brian D. Farrell

Brian D. Farrell

  • Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Entomology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

farrellb@oeb.harvard.edu
Farrell Lab

Evolution Faculty Ecology Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Rates, directions and consequences of evolutionary diversification, as well as the marks of evolutionary history on community structure; interactions between various tiny consumers and their hosts, such as beetles and plants or mosquitoes, pathogens and vertebrates

David A. Haig

David A. Haig

  • George Putnam Professor of Biology

dhaig@oeb.harvard.edu
Haig Group

Evolution Faculty Behavior FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty

Maternal-fetal conflict in human pregnancy to the evolution of plant life cycles. Particular interest in genetic conflicts within individual organisms, as exemplified by genomic imprinting

Hopi Hoekstra

Hopi E. Hoekstra

  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Harvard College Professor
  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Curator of Mammalogy in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

hoekstra@oeb.harvard.edu
Hoekstra Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty
Evolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Identifying and characterizing the molecular changes responsible for traits that affect fitness of organisms in the wild; using wild mice to study the genetic basis of morphological and behavior adaptation

Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

  • Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

rhopkins@fas.harvard.edu
Hopkins Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Speciation in plants, predominantly focused on reinforcement, the process in which reduced hybrid fitness generates selection for the evolution of reproductive isolation between emerging species

Bence P. Olveczky

Bence P. Ölveczky

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies

olveczky@fas.harvard.edu
Ölveczky Lab

Behavior Faculty Neuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty
 

Principles and mechanisms used by neural circuits to generate complex, learned behaviors

Naomi E. Pierce

Naomi E. Pierce

  • Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows

npierce@oeb.harvard.edu
N. Pierce Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty

Behavioral ecology and evolution, focusing on species interactions such as insect/host plant associations and symbioses between insects and other organisms; life history evolution and systematics of Lepidoptera

Yun Zhang

Yun Zhang

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

yzhang@oeb.harvard.edu
Zhang Lab

Behavior Faculty Neuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty
 

How structure and function of neural circuits regulate complex behavior, including olfactory learning