Gerald Hough

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Research interests

Research Expertise:
Neuroscience | Electrophysiology | Bioacoustics

My research interests are in two major areas: effects of aging on behavior and hippocampal anatomy, and language dialect analysis in songbirds. The increased lifespan of humans causes a concomitant increase in age-related disorders. Therefore, developing animal models for age-related declines in neuroanatomy and learning are key to developing new diagnostic tests and treatments for these progressive disorders. I am using homing pigeons, a model species that is

similar to humans in the way it learns about the environment (using 3D visual cues) and in hippocampal neuroanatomy. I am investigating the neural bases of spatial working memory declines seen in older birds as a model for developing new tools to diagnose at risk populations of humans. I also am interested in how the seaside sparrow, an Atlantic saltmarsh songbird, develops song dialects. This species is very sensitive to environmental disruption, which makes them a good indicator species for wetland degradation.

Honors and Awards:
Elected Fellow, American Ornithologists Union (2015)
Local Hero Award, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (2015).

Member of:
Society for Neuroscience (
Animal Behavior Society (
Ornithologists Union (
National Association of Biology Teachers (

Wilson Ornithological Society (

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Master, Ohio State University

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate, Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor


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