To enhance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying
animal behavior using an evolutionary framework in order to
develop predictive models that can be applied to solve conservation
We accomplish that mission by carefully planning our
research, promoting team-work, setting-up collaborative studies with on-
and off-campus labs, and increasing our productivity through
Our research is question-driven, and we use
different species of birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and insects as
models depending on their suitability to answer the questions we are
We actively encourage the involvement of students in our research projects as a way of enhancing their
background, problem-solving skills, and job opportunities.
of the animals we study is a top priority. Consequently, we follow
ethical guidelines and provide high standards of animal care.