Gerald Hough

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    20002014

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    Research interests

    Research Expertise:
    Neuroscience | Electrophysiology | Bioacoustics

    My research interests are in two major areas: effects of aging on behavior and hippocampal anatomy, and language dialect analysis in songbirds. The increased lifespan of humans causes a concomitant increase in age-related disorders. Therefore, developing animal models for age-related declines in neuroanatomy and learning are key to developing new diagnostic tests and treatments for these progressive disorders. I am using homing pigeons, a model species that is

    similar to humans in the way it learns about the environment (using 3D visual cues) and in hippocampal neuroanatomy. I am investigating the neural bases of spatial working memory declines seen in older birds as a model for developing new tools to diagnose at risk populations of humans. I also am interested in how the seaside sparrow, an Atlantic saltmarsh songbird, develops song dialects. This species is very sensitive to environmental disruption, which makes them a good indicator species for wetland degradation.

    Honors and Awards:
    Elected Fellow, American Ornithologists Union (2015)
    Local Hero Award, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (2015).

    Member of:
    Society for Neuroscience (www.sfn.org)
    Animal Behavior Society (www.animalbehaviorsociety.org)
    American 
    Ornithologists Union (www.americanornithology.org)
    National Association of Biology Teachers (www.nabt.org)

    Wilson Ornithological Society (www.wilsonsociety.org)

    Education/Academic qualification

    Master of Science, Master

    Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

    Bachelor of Science, Bachelor

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