Stephen Nowicki

Professor of Biology
Professor of Neurobiology
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Bass Fellow
Campus mail: 137 Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-6950
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Our lab studies animal communication and sexual selection from an integrative perspective that includes a wide range of behavioral ecological, neuroethological, developmental, genetic, and evolutionary approaches. Birds are our most common model system, but we also have worked with insects, spiders, shrimp, lobsters, lizards, and primates, including humans. The central question that drives our work is how information, in the broadest sense of that word, is used by organisms to maximize survival and reproductive success.

Education and Training

  • Tufts University, B.S. 1976
  • Tufts University, M.S. 1978
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. 1984

Selected Grants and Awards