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I'm a post-doctoral research associate with the Center for Insect Sciences at the University of Arizona, working in Anna Dornhaus' lab but collaborating alot with Dan Papaj. I recently finished my doctorate on jay and fruit fly cognition in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota with David Stephens.

The primary focus of my research is investigating the role of environmental variability in the evolution and ecological function of cognition (e.g. learning, memory, and decision making). Even more broadly, I'm interested in the interplay between evolution and cognitive mechanisms. I tend to think about these questions in terms of foraging behavior, since animals that can't make a living tend not to survive to reproduce.


Contact Info
Aimee Dunlap
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biosciences West Rm. 236
1041 E. Lowell
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
FAX: (520) 621-9190

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