Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior

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The MBL's Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior was inaugurated in July 2012 and focuses on research in vision, balance and hearing. Researchers use marine or aquatic model organisms (cephalopods, fishes, turtles) to take advantage of the unique seawater facilities and the microscopy and imaging centers at the MBL. A central goal of this program is to synergize the multiple campus activities in sensory biology and neuroscience into a cohesive group with extensive intellectual exchange, seminars, lab and student exchanges year-round, and a bioinformatics and outreach component. We strive to integrate the Woods Hole and MBL summer activities in sensory/behavioral/neuroscience research and education with our year-round Program.

Our core faculty have active collaborations with 11 other faculty from 9 institutions locally, nationally and internationally. We encourage colleagues to conduct their sabbaticals within our Program, and when appropriate, to send their students and postdoctoral fellows to work within our laboratories.



Recent Publications

Akkaynak, Derya; Treibitz, Tali; Xiao, Bei; Guerkan, Umut A.; Allen, Justine J.; Demirci, Utkan; Hanlon, Roger T. Use of commercial off-the-shelf digital cameras for scientific data acquisition and scene-specific color calibration. Journal of the Optical Society of America A-Optics Image Science and Vision 31(2): 312-321. 10.1364/JOSAA.31.000312

Allen, Justine J.; Bell, George R. R.; Kuzirian, Alan M.; Velankar, Sachin S.; Hanlon, Roger T. (2014) Comparative Morphology of Changeable Skin Papillae in Octopus and Cuttlefish. Journal of Morphology 275(4): 371-390. 10.1002/jmor.20221

Kim, Jinsook; Lee, Soojung; Tsuda, Sachiko; Zhang, Xuying; Asrican, Brent; Gloss, Bernd; Feng, Guoping; Augustine, George J. (2014). Optogenetic Mapping of Cerebellar Inhibitory Circuitry Reveals Spatially Biased Coordination of Interneurons via Electrical Synapses. Cell Reports  7(5): 1601-1613. 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.04.047

Colin, SP, MacPherson, R, Gemmell, B, Costello, JH., Sutherland, K R and Jaspers, C. (2014, In Press). Elevating the impact: Sensory-scanning foraging strategy by the lobate ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. Limnol. Oceanogr.

Crook, RJ, Dickson, K., Hanlon, RT and Walters, ET. (2014) Nociceptive sensitization reduces predation risk. Current Biology 24(10): 1121-1125.