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About Me

I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst working with Jeff Podos and Luke Remage-Healey. I am an evolutionary and behavioral neuroscientist interested in vocal communication and recognition systems. My current research explores the mechanisms of species-specific song discrimination in songbirds. My dissertation will use playback experiments, immunohistochemistry, and electrophysiological response techniques to explore the innate encoding of species templates in passerines. Before starting at UMass, I earned my master's degree at East Carolina University studying vocal communication and acoustic monitoring of King Rails.

(C) Todd Pusser

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Avian communication  // Behavioral Ecology  // Bioacoustics // Neuroscience