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Eric Fortune

Fortune, Eric S.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Central King Building 417
About Me

Dr. Fortune has had a lifelong interest in the evolution of behavior.

  • S.B. 1989 University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. 1995 University of Chicago
  • Federated Department of Biological Sciences, NJIT
  • Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology 1995-2001 University of Utah
Professional Societies
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • International Society for Neuroethology
Research Interests

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.

Research Experience

Dr. Fortune has been an active research scientist since 1989.

Selected Publications

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"