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Research

How does the nervous system integrate internal physiological cues with external biologically relevant stimuli, and then translate this information into adaptive behaviors?  My laboratory’s research is broadly focused on understanding the neural and molecular basis of natural social behaviors, including aggression and reproduction, and the mechanisms that underlie sensory, behavioral and neural plasticity. Investigating these mechanisms can reveal sensory, motor, and cognitive substrates on which selection can act to ultimately shape the evolution of organisms.

Research: Overview


 

We have our first comic!

This comic introduces topics relevant to lab publications ranging from general neuroscience to detailed fish behavior in a fun, narrative setting to improve general understand of our research.

See our science communication with the full Fin-Tastic Comic, and more at Burt's Blog!

Fin-Tastic Fish Science comic book front page

comic example 3

drawings by PhD student, Rose Wayne


 

Meet the team, new and old

If you like fun pictures like these, see our Photo Gallery

2017 End-of-the-Year Holiday Party

2017 Holiday Party

2018 LSU Ice Cream Outing

2018 LSU Ice Cream Outing

2015 Spring Fiesta

2015 Spring Fiesta

 


 

What's it like at LSU? 

 

 


 

Contact

Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA. 70803
kmaruska@lsu.edu
225-578-1738 (office)
225-578-8057 (lab)

LSU Faculty Page  

Interested in joining the lab?

We are looking for new motivated M.S. or PhD students to join our team! - to work on neural basis of behaviors and sensory biology. Send letter of interest and CV to kmaruska@lsu.edu

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Maruska Lab strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually-challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socioeconomic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions and ideas. 

RECENT LAB NEWS

June 2022: Congratulations to Emily for receiving a Raney Award Grant from ASIH & to Marie for receiving an LSU Discover Summer Research Grant!

May 2022: Congrats to our graduates: Evan, Braden, & Hyerin! Congrats to Evan on his LSU Discover Distinguished Researcher medal!

Apr. 2022: Congrats to: Evan & Hyerin for defending their Honors Theses; Evan for receiving the Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry Award; & Emily for receiving a 2nd place poster award at the BioGrads Symposium!

Mar. 2022: Congrats to Emily for receiving a grant from the Animal Behavior Society! Karen talks about fish communication at the LSU Science Cafe.

Feb. 2022: Congrats to Emily & Chase for receiving best poster presentation awards in the DNNSB division at SICB! Congrats to Marie for receiving an LSU Discover Grant! 

Jan. 2022: Congrats to Emily for receiving a Sigma Xi Grant and a SICB research grant! Chase & Emily present posters at the SICB conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Oct.-Nov. 2021: Congrats to Evan and Marie for receiving TAF Scholarships to support their Honors Thesis work! Karen gives seminars at Brooklyn College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Michigan.

Sept. 2021: Welcome to new undergrad researchers Katelynn, Madeleine, Vy, Taylor, and Hunter! Karen gives a plenary talk at the Cichlid Science meeting.

Aug. 2021: The lab has 6 research presentations at the virtual Animal Behavior Society conference - nice job by Emily, Chase, Teisha, Rose, Saachi, and Evan!

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