G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology
Department of Entomology
Director, Neuroscience Program
University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Nov. 13, 2006
Rooke Chemistry Auditorium
Dr. Robinson uses the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, to understand the mechanisms governing social behavior. Behavioral development occurs in many animals, including humans. As animals age and pass through different life stages, their genetically determined behavioral responses to environmental and social stimuli change in predictable ways. Often these responses increase in complexity and involve learning. Dr. Robinson's research is designed to explain the function and evolution of behavioral mechanisms that integrate the activity of individuals in a society, neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate behavior within the brain of the individual, and the genes that influence social behavior. Dr. Robinson is a member of National Academy of Sciences.