Welcome to the Hauber Lab - Researching Avian Recognition Systems
Research in the Hauber lab at the Department of Psychology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, focuses on the evolution of recognition
systems. Shifting gears between behavioral, developmental, and
molecular tools, we are studying the social and genetic
consequences of species recognition in avian brood parasites, such as
cuckoos and cowbirds. Brood parasitic birds provide an exciting model
system for the evolution of social behaviours because, unlike 98% of
bird species, they lay their eggs into nests of other species and are
reared by foster parents. Significant other projects in the lab tap into local research opportunities presented at the New York City region, and national and international collaborations throughout the world of birds, including the unique and often endangered sea- and shorebird fauna of New Zealand, as well as mammals, spiders, and other organisms from around the globe.
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