The Sewall lab studies how the environment impacts cognition, social behavior, and communication through effects on underlying neural mechanisms. Our current work focuses on several environmental factors critical to brain health:
- Urbanization and enviornemntal contaminants
- Social dynamics
- Nutrition and immune challenge
Collaborative work lead by Dr. Michelle Beck in the Sewall Lab shows the efficacy of beeswax corticosterone implants in elevating circulating CORT.
Urban song sparrows show more territorial aggression than rural birds, throughout the breeding season: work lead by Dr. Scott Davies is published in Biology Letters
Work on call dialects in evening grosbeaks is featured in Ecotone magazine
Kendra's interview on song learning in zebra finches with Pulse of the Planet is available online.
Research on developmental conditions featured in an article by Alexis Lanza on the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology site.