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REU Mentors

The REU is sponsored by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, a group which represents more than 40 Indiana University faculty members with primary homes in departments of biology, psychological and brain sciences, anthropology, neural science, and medical sciences. Many of these researchers and their postdocs, technicians and graduate students are available each year to REU interns as possible summer mentors. Previous REU interns have studied the behavior of a wide variety of animals including birds, bats, hamsters, lizards and insects.

If none of our faculty's research areas interest you, you can explore other REU Programs across the country on the National Science Foundation website.

Faculty Seeking Interns

Alberts

Jeffrey R. Alberts (Founding Member)

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • Behavioral development and parental care in rodents, sensory capabilities of young rats, the transition from sucking to independent feeding, and parent/offspring interactions
  • alberts@indiana.edu
  • Animal Behavior Lab
Bashey-Visser

Farrah Bashey-Visser

Department of Biology
Human Biology Program

  • Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence, phenotypic plasticity
  • fbasheyv@indiana.edu
Beer

Randall D. Beer

School of Informatics
Department of Computer Science
Cognitive Science Program

  • Evolution and analysis of dynamical "nervous systems" for model agents, robotics, and neuromechanical modeling in animals
  • rdbeer@indiana.edu
Bradshaw

Heather B. Bradshaw

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Kinsey Institute

Crystal

Jonathon Crystal

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Demas

Greg E. Demas (Director 2007-2012)

Department of Biology
Neuroscience Program

  • Neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms underlying behavior, effects of sickness on food-related behavior and neuroendocrine bases for agression in Siberian hamsters
  • gdemas@indiana.edu
  • The Demas Lab
Hurley

Laura Hurley

Department of Biology
Neuroscience Program

  • Interactions between behavior and brain function, the effects of serotonin on the auditory abilities of echolocating bats
  • lhurley@indiana.edu
  • Hurley Lab
Ketterson

Ellen D. Ketterson (Founding Member, Co-director 1990-2002)

Department of Biology
Gender Studies Department

Mackie

Ken Mackie

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • Regulation of CB1 cannabinoid receptor signaling; regulation of endocannabinoid production; Role of endocannabinoids in synaptic plasticity; novel cannabinoid receptors
  • kmackie@indiana.edu
Martins

Emilia P. Martins

Department of Biology

  • Evolution of communication, how short-term forces lead to species differences, and mathematical and computer approaches to studying behavior and evolution
  • emartins@indiana.edu
  • Martins Lab
Moczek

Armin P. Moczek

Department of Biology
Indiana Molecular Biology Institute

Rebec

George V. Rebec

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Neuroscience Program

Rosvall

Kimberly Rosvall

Department of Biology

  • Evolution of behavior; neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavior; sexual selection; ecological genomics.
  • krosvall@indiana.edu
Sanders

Stephanie Sanders

Kinsey Institute

  • Female sexual arousal processes, socioenvironmental factors relating to development and menstrual cyclicity.
  • sanders@indiana.edu
Schoenemann

Tom Schoenemann

Department of Anthropology
Stone Age Institute

  • Coevolution of brain and behavior, evolution of language, functional morphology of the brain, human variation, modeling evolutionary hypotheses, mathematical image analysis
  • toms@indiana.edu
Setayeshgar

Sima Setayeshgar

Department of Physics
Biocomplexity Institute

Smith

G. Troy Smith

Department of Biology
Neuroscience Program

  • Neuroendocrine control of sex differences and sexual differentiation and sexually-dimorphic communication signals of weakly electric fish
  • getsmith@indiana.edu
  • Smith Lab
Tracey

W. Daniel Tracey

Department of Biology
The Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science

  • Molecular neurogenetics, optogenetics, neural circuits, sensory transduction mechanisms
  • dtracey@indiana.edu
Vitzthum

Virginia J. Vitzthum

Department of Anthropology
Kinsey Institute

Wade

Michael J. Wade

Department of Biology

  • Mating systems, social behavior and parental care in the context of genetically structured populations, kin selection and maternal effects
  • mjwade@indiana.edu
  • Wade Lab
Wellman

Cara Wellman

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Neuroscience Program

  • Sex differences and stress effects on structure and function of neural circuits underlying emotion regulation; transgenic models of psychopathology.
  • wellmanc@indiana.edu
  • Wellman Lab