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Meet two of our plenary speakers
We have some incredible speakers lined up to present at the Congress and look forward to seeing them in Brisbane next year. In this edition of the Congress newsletter we meet Azusa Kamikouchi and Professor Lauren O’Connell.
Lauren’s research focuses on understanding how evolutionary innovations in behaviour and physiology arise. Lauren uses poison frogs as a model for understanding how variation in predation and spatial structure of the environment has driven the evolution of chemical defences and parental behaviours. Lauren’s research combines both lab and field studies to understand the neural basis of decision-making within ecologically relevant contexts. Lauren was a Bauer Fellow at Harvard University before joining the Department of Biology at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.
The aim of my research is to understand the basic principle how the brain works. Especially, I have a strong interest in the auditory system and one of my questions is how acoustic signals are detected, processed, and integrated in the brain. The fruit fly is an ideal model organism for such a task, because of its sophisticated genetic tools to analyze neurons and manipulate neural circuits in the brain. I started a project to unravel the anatomical and functional organization of the auditory system of fruit flies at the National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan in 2002. Then I moved to the University of Tokyo, to establish a comprehensive projection map of the auditory sensory neurons. To extend this map into a functional map, I moved to the University of Cologne, at Martin C. Göpfert’s group (now in Göttingen). In 2008 I went back to Japan as an associate professor at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and then moved to Nagoya University in 2011 as a full-professor.
Confirmed Invited Symposia
Context-dependent modification of vocal behaviour in vertebrates
Chair: Daniela Vallentin
Neuroethology of Distributed Visual Systems: How do many-eyed animals perceive the world?
Chairs: Michael J. Bok & Daniel Speiser
Challenging the notions of pain, problem-solving and cognitive ability across taxa
Chair: Ximena Nelson
The evolution of sleep and adaptive sleeplessness
Chair: John Lesku
Processing the polarization of light
Chairs: Martin How & Nicholas Roberts
Facets of brain mechanisms underlying spatial orientation
Chairs: Jerome Beetz & Uwe Homberg
What songbird mate choice has taught us about the neural basis of signal performance and perception
Chair: Jonathan F. Prather
Vision and memory in crustaceans – neural basis, function and phylogeny
Chair: Hanne Thoen
What the parts tell us about whole: methods and results from automated part tracking
Chairs: Roian Egnor & Alice Robie
Sensory motion strategies
Chairs: Bart Geurten & Tobias Kohl
Genomics-Enabled Approaches to Neuroethology
Chairs: Jason Gallant, Kim Hoke & Ashlee Rowe
Vocal communication as a model for developmentally-regulated learning: an integrative approach
Chairs: Sarah Bottjer & Michael Goldstein