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Gary Rose


Ph.D. Cornell University

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Office/Building: Biol 317
Phone: 801-581-3974 801-581-3977
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Research Statement

We study animal behavior at both 'proximate' and 'ultimate' levels. At the proximate level, we investigate how neural circuits control natural behaviors and the roles that environment/experience play in shaping this process. At the ultimate level, we study the adaptive significance and evolution of these behaviors. Our research methodology, therefore, ranges from neurophysiological analyses of single neuron function e.g., whole-cell intracellular recording in vivo, to behavioral studies in the lab and field. Behavioral studies allow us to generate testable hypotheses concerning neural control. Neurophysiological experiments, in addition revealing neural mechanisms underlying behaviors, provide clues as to their evolution.

Research Interests

General Interests
Specific Interests
  • Neurophysiology of audition in anurans
  • Anuran acoustic communication
  • Neurophysiology of electroreception
  • Social control of sex determination and behavior in fish
  • Song learning in songbirds

Selected Publications

  • Rose GJ, Alluri RK, Vasquez-Opazo GA, Odom SE, Graham JA, Leary CJ (2013) Combining pharmacology and whole-cell patch recording from CNS neurons, in vivo. J.Neurosci.
  • Gary J. Rose, Christopher J. Leary, Christopher J. Edwards (2011) Interval-counting neurons in the anuran auditory midbrain: factors underlying diversity of interval tuning. J. Comp. Psychol.
  • Plamondon SL, Rose GJ, Goller F (2010) Roles of syntax information in directing song development in white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) J. Comp. Psychol.
  • Plamondon SL, Goller F, Rose GJ (2008) Tutor model syntax influences the syntactical and phonological structure of crystallized songs of white-crowned sparrows. Anim. Behav. 76(6):1815-1827.

Courses Taught

  • Biol 3330: Behavioral Neurobiology