Careers and Alumni

Avery KreinBefore there was a major in neuroscience and behavior, Avery Krein majored in preveterinary science (BS '07). She did an independent study on salamander aggression and sensory cues. She is now in veterinary school in Pomona, CA.

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Water Maze

For her honors project, Alisha is comparing the spatial learning ability of wild caught field mice and voles with a modified water maze.

Student with Rat

Undergraduates have many opportunities to work with faculty on their research project. A student prepares to put her rat in a maze to test its learning.

Summer Courses at Isles of Shoals

Many students take the intense, hands-on summer courses at the Isles of Shoals research station. Professor Win Watson shows students how to remove sperm from a female lobster's seminal receptacle.

Mair's Maze

Dr. Mair looks on as two undergraduates put a rat through its paces on the radial-arm maze to test its long-term memory for the correct solution to get the reward.

Concept Map

On the last day of the Behavior Ecology course, students make a "concept map" of the connections among the topics covered in the course.

Green Melibe

This bright fluorescent stain shows the swimming command neuron of the nudibranch, Melibe.

What’s great about the UNH Neuroscience and Behavior Program?

  • Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing scientific fields and the discoveries that are being made today are having an immediate and significant impact on society
  • This major is a great way to combine interests in neurobiology and animal behavior
  • Good preparation for medical school and veterinary school as well as for graduate programs in neuroscience or behavioral ecology
  • New major at UNH and with the exception of the program at UVM, the only one of its kind in New England
  • Offers opportunities to do research in animal learning and cognition, attention control, effects of stress, hormones and behavior of parental care, lobster behavior and physiology and many other topics

Learning Opportunities

Professor Robert MairMidline thalamus is the most common site of pathology that is known to cause global amnesia in human patients. The precise locus of damage responsible for these memory deficits remains to be identified and there is no effective treatment for these disorders. Professor Robert Mair and his students study memory and related cognitive functions in the rat to learn about the neurological basis of thalamic amnesia.

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