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Alejandro Vélez Meléndez

Faculty in Faculty, Physiology
Professor jdelator
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
At SFSU Since: 
Hensill Hall 418
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2198
Sensory Physiology and Ecology, Animal Communication, Evolutionary Neuroscience, Neuroethology, Animal Behavior

I am broadly interested in the evolution of animal behavior and its underlying neural mechanisms. My research focuses on understanding the factors that shape the evolution of animal communication systems. In my lab, we integrate behavioral, ecological, physiological, and anatomical studies under a compartive framework to investigate the mechanisms, function, and evolution of signal processing mechanisms. Most of our work focuses on the auditory system and uses North American treefrogs and songbirds as animal models.