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Nicholas Santangelo

Associate Professor of Biology


Degrees

PHD, 2003, Lehigh Univ; BS, 1996, Loyola University Maryland


Research Interests

The aim of my research is to understand behavior from an environmental and evolutionary perspective, and a physiological hormonal perspective. With a focus on fish, the specific behaviors I focus on include courtship, breeding, aggression, and parental care in both the laboratory and field. Laboratory projects consist of either purely behavioral experiments or a combination of behavioral and neural / hormonal analysis. The main fish system I use in the laboratory is the convict cichlid, a monogamous bi-parental freshwater fish. The hormones I focus on (called vasotocin and isotocin) are similar to the mammalian hormones vasopressin and oxytocin which are known to be involved in similar mammalian pair bonding, breeding, and parental care. My goal is to understand how these hormones evolved to modulate these behaviors in parental systems.

I am also interested in understanding organisms in their natural environment and to aid ongoing conservation efforts. Therefore I also have various local field projects that are at different levels of development. One such project is exploring the breeding and natural history of horseshoe crabs and understanding the parameters of their breeding habitats here on Long Island.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 012 (NS) ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION Undergraduate
BIO 080A BIOLOGY SEMINAR Undergraduate
BIO 094 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY:RESEARCH Undergraduate
BIO 140 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY Undergraduate
BIO 305 GRADUATE SEMINAR Graduate
NEUR 002 INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE II Undergraduate
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