Our research focuses on the evolution of aggressive behaviour. We are interested in a range of questions related to the ultimate evolutionary costs and benefits of alternative aggressive strategies, the proximate physiological and neuroanatomical basis of individual variation in aggressivesness, and the developmental process that underlies these differences.

We investigate the theoretical aspect of the ultimate causes question using techniques such as game theory, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural network simulations. We also do empirical work on a number of animal systems including cichlid fish, chickens, chickadees, mice, rats, squirrels, fruit flies, and humans to investigate the proximate mechanisms underlying variation in aggression and other social behaviours, and the ontological processes that produce this variation.

Some examples of questions that we've examined lately include:

Research papers from the Hurd lab may be downloaded from our Publications page.

Recent talks & conference presentations of lab research

Some Hurd lab collaborators: