Ethology Today

Ethology continues at the University of Chicago under several names including biopsychology, cognitive behavior, neuroethology, neurobiology, comparative psychology, and neuropsychology.

Two birds on a branch, with concentric circles drawn from the beak of one.
Bird song representation

By University of Chicago Neuroethologist Dan Margoliash. Photo credit: Daniel D. Baleckaitis

A man allows a hummingbird to alight on his hand.
Steve Pruett-Jones with purple –crowned lorikeet

November 2007 in South Australia. Photo credit: Steve Pruett-Jones.

Steve Pruett-Jones, an evolutionary biologist, centers his research on sexual selection and social behavior. He works primarily in Australia but also has studied introduced parrots in the United States.

Squirrels nestle in a grassy field.
Belding's Ground Squirrels

Photo credit: Jill Mateo

Belding's ground squirrels recognize relatedness using odors. Here, a juvenile is smelling the oral gland of its mother. Unfamiliar squirrels do the same thing, and respond appropriately depending on the degree of relatedness. Recognition is important for Belding's because this species has evolved several nepotistic behaviors that must be directed to close kin only to be advantageous.

A man carries a limp coyote in a lab.
Jill Mateo's Students doing behavior studies

Photo courtesy of USDA, Wildlife Services

Chris Schell (left) holds an anesthetized adult male while animal care technician Jeff Schultz (right) provides a physical at the National Wildlife Research Center, Predator Research Facility in Millville, UT. Photo taken courtesy of USDA, Wildlife Services. Photo credit: Jill Mateo.