Become a Birdbrain

Students interested in pursuing graduate work with us are encouraged to apply to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, the Graduate Program in Population Biology and Evolutionary Ecology, or the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Program. Undergraduates wishing to do research projects should contact Dr. Maney to apply. If accepted, undergraduates usually register for Psychology 499, Biology 497R, or NBB 498R to earn academic credit for research. They may also apply for a research position via the Research Partners or SURE programs. Alternatively, work-study positions may be available.

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Many Emory and Georgia Tech undergraduates have completed successful projects in the Maney lab, published papers or abstracts, and presented their work at scientific meetings. Examples of papers or posters by undergraduates (in bold) are as follows:

Horton, B. M., Hudson, W. H., Ortlund, E. A., Shirk, S., Thomas, J. W., Young, E. R., Zinzow-Kramer, W. M., and Maney, D. L. (2014). Estrogen receptor α polymorphism in a species with alternative behavioral phenotypes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 1443-1448.

Grozhik, A. V., Horozsko, C. P., Horton, B. M., Hu, Y., Voisin, D. A., and Maney, D. L. (2014). Hormonal regulation of vasotocin receptor mRNA in a seasonally breeding songbird. Hormones & Behavior, 65, 254-263.

Matragrano, L. L., LeBlanc, M. M., Chitrapu, A., Blanton, Z. E., and Maney, D. L. (2013). Testosterone alters genomic responses to song and monoaminergic innervation of auditory areas in a seasonally breeding songbird. Developmental Neurobiology, 73: 455-468.


Horton, B. M., Hu, Y., Martin, C. L., Bunke, B. P., Matthews, B. S., Moore, I. T., Thomas, J. W., and Maney, D. L. (2012). Behavioral characterization of a white-throated sparrow homozygous for the ZAL2m chromosomal arrangement. Behavior Genetics, 43: 60-70.


Earp, S. E., and Maney, D. L. (2012). Birdsong: Is it music to their ears? Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, 4: 14.


Matragrano, L. L., Beaulieu, M., Phillip, J. O., Rae, A. I., Sanford, S. E., Sockman, K. W., and Maney, D. L. (2012). Rapid effects of hearing song on catecholaminergic activity in the songbird auditory pathway. PLoS ONE, e39388.


Leung, C. H., Abebe, D. F., Earp, S. E., Goode, C. T., Grozhik, A. V., Mididoddi, P., and Maney, D. L. (2011). Neural distribution of vasotocin receptor mRNA in two species of songbird. Endocrinology, 152, 4865-4881.


Saab, S. S., Lange, H. S., and Maney, D. L. (2010). Gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurones in a photoperiodic songbird express Fos and Egr-1 protein after a single long day. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 22: 196-207.


Saab, S. S., Lange, H. S., and Maney, D. L. (2008). Photostimulation induces new gene transcription in gonadotropin-releasing hormone somata in a seasonally breeding songbird. Society for Neurosciences, Washington, D. C.


Maney, D. L., Lange, H. S., Raees, M. Q., and Sanford, S. E. (2008). Behavioral phenotypes persist after gonadal steroid manipulation in white-throated sparrows.Hormones & Behavior 55: 113-120.


Maney, D. L., Goode, C. T., Lange, H. S., Sanford, S. E., and Solomon, B. L. (2008). Estradiol modulates neural responses to song in a seasonal songbird. Journal of Comparative Neurology 511: 173-186.


Lake, J. I., Lange, H. S., O’Brien, S., Sanford, S. E., and Maney, D. L. (2008). Activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis differs between behavioral phenotypes in female white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 156: 426-433.


Maney, D. L., Goode, C. T., Lake, J. I., Lange, H. L., and O’Brien, S. (2007). Rapid neuroendocrine responses to auditory courtship signals. Endocrinology 148: 5614-5623.


LeBlanc, M. M., Goode, C. T., MacDougall-Shackleton, E. A., and Maney, D. L. (2007). Estradiol modulates brainstem catecholaminergic cell groups and projections to the auditory forebrain in a female songbird. Brain Research 1171: 93-103.


Maney, D. L., Cho, E., and Goode, C. T. (2006). Estrogen dependent selectivity of genomic responses to birdsong. European Journal of Neuroscience 23:1523–1529.


Maney, D. L., Erwin, K. L., and Goode, C. T. (2005). Neuroendocrine correlates of behavioral polymorphism in white-throated sparrows. Hormones & Behavior 48: 196-206.


LeBlanc, M. M., Goode, C. T., and Maney, D. L. (2006). Estrogen-dependent selectivity of genomic responses to birdsong: Role of the brainstem catecholaminergic cell groups. Society for Neurosciences, Atlanta, GA


Mayer, L. .D., Goode, C. T., Ball, G. F., and Maney, D. L. (2006). Social induction of immediate early genes in the mediobasal hypothalamus. Society for Neurosciences, Atlanta, GA.


Maney, D. L., Brewer, J. W., Goode, C. T., and Nair, H. P. (2004). A putative social behavior network in songbirds. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Lisbon, Portugal. Hormones & Behavior 46: 104.


Maney, D. L., Erwin, K. L., Goode, C. T., and Ball, G. F. (2004). Vasotocin immunoreactivity, sex, and behavior in the white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis. Eighth International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology, Phoenix, AZ.