Darwin Keynote

Women In Science

The Women in Science speaker was developed to highlight the contributions that women scientists have made to research and scientific knowledge.

Tuesday 15 March 2011
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

"Behavioral, ecological and developmental correlates of stress in ground squirrels"
Dr. Jill Mateo
Department of Comparative Human Development
University of Chicago

Dr. Mateo’s research program focuses on the ontogeny and plasticity of adaptive behaviors. Because adaptations are specific to the environments in which they were selected, it follows that the development of these phenotypes is also linked to the specific environments, whether social, environmental or maturational, that organisms normally encounter. Dr. Mateo uses both proximate and ultimate levels of analysis to explain the series of behaviors that developing animals exhibit.

Dr. Mateo studies the mechanisms of two adaptive behaviors: recognition of kin and anti-predator strategies. Although the functional significance of these behaviors is clear, how they develop in young animals remains largely unknown for most species. By identifying the physiological and social factors influencing the mechanisms and expression of these behaviors at each stage of development, one can better explain the functions of the behaviors, which are likely to change during ontogeny as an organism's needs and abilities change.

To learn more about Dr. Mateo's research visit her laboratory at http://mateolab.uchicago.edu/

Past Speakers

2010, Dr. Melissa Emery Thompson

2009, Dr. Amy Parish

2008, Dr. Sari van Anders