The Nobel Prize winning
ethologist, Nikko Tinbergen, identified four
distinct questions about a biological phenomenon: What is its
function? What is its evolutionary history? How does it work?
How does it develop? Contemporary animal behavior research
that exciting advances can be made with integrative studies that
combine multiple levels of analysis. At UCLA, we are engaged
in a number of interdisciplinary studies designed to explain
the diversity of behavior.
We combine observational and manipulative
experiments on amphibians, birds, insects, fish, and mammals
(including humans) throughout the world to study causation and
function. We use theoretical models and comparative techniques
to search for evolutionary principles and trends. The group
includes those interested in applying evolutionary principles
to understand human behavior, as well as those interested in
the wider application of animal behavior to help conserve threatened
and endangered species.
UCLA is an outstanding place for
graduate study in animal behavior because of our interdepartmental
strengths. Colloquia and seminar series cultivate communication
between students and faculty. For instance, a diversity of departmental
seminars, and the multi-disciplinary Marschak
Colloquium bring world-renowned researchers to campus, while
the Behavior, Evolution and Culture
brown bag lunch group is just a one example of on-going
interdisciplinary meetings on campus.
Follow the links on the left to
take a virtual tour of our labs and learn more about our reseach.
Degrees are offered through the Department of Anthropology,
the Department of
Communication Studies, the Department
of Geography, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
the Department of Psychology,
or the the Department of
Integrative Biology and Physiology.
Feel free to contact
us for more information about graduate and postdoctoral
or sabbatical visits.