Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

Following in Darwin's footprints: Hau unlocks secrets of tropical birds through field study on the Galapagos

Princeton University News: "The Galapagos Islands hold a unique place in the history of science. It was here, in the 1830s, that Charles Darwin gathered the clues that led to his theory of evolution.

It is here, today, that Princeton's Michaela Hau continues Darwin's intrepid scientific tradition. Her studies of tropical birds may shed light on the mysteries of human behavior and could lead to better models for ecosystem conservation.

Birds display a remarkable variety of behaviors, including reproductive behavior such as defending territories and mating, said Hau, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. 'I study the mechanisms that underlie the control of behavior and how they have evolved over time,' she said."

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