Research Interests: Evolution of social recognition, recognition systems, brood parasitism, neuroethology
Professor Mark E. Hauber is a Principal Investigator in the Department of Psychology, Hunter College, and Psychology PhD Program, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received in 1996 a BS in Organismal Biology/Biology summa cum laude, from Yale University, in 2002 a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University, in 2010 a DSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland and in 2011 an MSc in Psychology with distinction from Victoria University of Wellington. He was trained in 2002-5 as a Miller postdoctoral research fellow in Integrative Biology & Psychology at UC Berkeley, and he was in 2003-9 faculty member at the University of Auckland. He has published over 140 peer reviewed articles, and has been editor of Behavioral Ecology and Ethology. Shifting gears between behavioral, developmental, and molecular tools, the Hauber lab is studying the social and genetic consequences of species recognition in avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos and cowbirds. Brood parasitic birds provide an exciting model system for the evolution of social behaviors because, unlike 98% of bird species, they lay their eggs into nests of other species and are reared by foster parents. Other projects in the lab tap into local research opportunities presented at the New York City region, and national and international collaborations throughout the world of birds, mammals, spiders, and other organisms.