Students in Dr. Fortune´s laboratory study the interactions between sensory and motor systems that are used to generate and control animal behavior. Experiments in the lab focus on two main questions:
1) How are the rules for social interaction between conspecifics encoded in the brain?
2) How are sensory representations of movement encoded by sensory systems and translated into motor commands?
The laboratory uses methodologies that cross levels of biological organization from the computational consequences of transmembrane molecules to the behavior of multispecies flocks. The research includes field studies of natural behavior in Amazon basin habitats, highly-controlled behavioral studies in the laboratory, a variety of neurophysiological approaches including intracellular recordings of CNS neurons in behaving animals, pharmachological studies, and mathematical modeling.
Dr. Fortune has been an active research scientist since 1989.
Stamper, S.A., Fortune, E.S., and M.J. Chacron (2013) Perception and coding of envelopes in weakly electric fishes. J. Exp. Biol., 216: 2393-2402, PMID:23761464.
Stamper, S.A., Roth, E., Cowan, N.J., and E.S. Fortune (2012) Active sensing via movement shapes spatiotemporal patterns of sensory feedback. J. Exp. Biol., 215:1567-1574, PMID:22496294.
Fortune, E.S., Rodriguez, C., Li, D., Ball, G.F., and M. Coleman (2011) Neural mechanisms for the coordination of duet singing in wrens. Science, 334:666-670, PMID:22053048.
Grants & Projects
National Science Foundation IOS-1146855 (2013-2015) "Collaborative Research: Neural basis of a cooperative behavior"
National Science Foundation CMMI-0941674 (2009-2013) "CDI-Type II: Cyber-Enabled Discovery in Neuromechanical Systems"