PhD position in neuroethology

colinh at psychology.leeds.ac.uk colinh at psychology.leeds.ac.uk
Fri Sep 2 11:25:20 EST 1994

Don't know of anyone at the moment, as all our good students
have been taken up - but am very, very interested in your work.
My work is very much related in that I and my group study the 
behavioural reactions of prey species to the calls of owls
(Hendrie(1991) The calls of murine predators activate
endogenous analgesia mechanisms in laboratory mice. Physiol Behav 49: 569-573)
We have also done an extensive series of studies on pharmacological
manipulations and extended these lab studies to wild species.
Currently we are looking at the telemetry of the response.

I would be very interested to talk with you further about this
as I am anxious to know as much as I can about owl hunting 
strategies as this obviously feeds into the defensive pattern
of the prey - will you be in Berlin for the EBPS meeting next week?

Hope to hear from you

colinh at psychology.leeds.ac.uk 
(sorry for clogging the news group with personal messages,
but our server isn't fully functional today!)  

In article <33slob$huj at infoserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de> kautz at tyto.mpik-tueb.mpg.de writes:
>A position for a graduate student in neurobiology is immediately available 
>at the Zoologisches Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany.  
>Funding is provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft.  
>The annual salary is about DM 24,000.
>We are a small team with good international connections.  Our research 
>interest lies in the understanding of the mechanisms underlying prey 
>capture in the barn owl.  Barn owls use both their visual and auditory 
>senses for locating prey.  We study representations of both sounds and 
>visual stimuli in the brain on the experimental and theoretical level.  
>The project of the graduate student will be concerned with depth vision 
>in barn owls.  It is known that barn owls have neurons that vary their 
>response as a function of disparity (Wagner and Frost, Nature 364: 796 
>(1993); Wagner and Frost, J comp Physiol A174: 661-670)), but it is not 
>known whether the owl utilizes this information in behavior.  As a starting 
>point we want to show stimuli (random-dot stereograms and autostereograms) 
>to the owl that have a figure hidden in a wide-field background. 
>Experiments might finally lead to a theory of stereovision in barn owls 
>that could be compared with theories of stereo vision in other animals 
>including humans.  
>The successful applicant should love to work with animals and should 
>preferably have some experience with systems theory and computer 
>programming (UNIX, C).
>Interested students may contact 
>Dr. Hermann Wagner, Institut fuer Zoologie, TU Muenchen, 
>Lichtenbergstrasse 4, D-85747 Garching, 
>Tel. +49  (089) 32093667, Fax: +49 (089) 32093674 
>or send e-mail to: Wagner at tyto.mpik-tueb.mpg.de

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