Research Programs

September 11, 2011

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Zebra Finches, photo Jennifer White © 2011

Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C. Lab at UMassD

We have broad research programs, most in collaboration with colleagues in diverse fields, from evolution, animal behavior and cognition, to conservation biology and sports sciences.

Our research programs include:

MiniZebraFinchesPhotoJenniferWhite2011Evolution, Behavior, Cognition: (1) the link between different levels of social organization and the cognitive abilities of animals, particularly birds; (2) the association between socio-sexual behaviors and the communication of signals for the recognition of kin (role of memory in kin recognition, particularly mammals);

Evolution Literacy Logo G Paz-y-Mino-CEvolution: (3) attitudes toward evolution by the general public and scholars; (4) the interaction between scientific rationalism and the belief in supernatural causation, including the interaction among evolution literacy versus science literacy versus level of religiosity as characterizers of acceptance of evolution (visit EVOLUTION LITERACY);

The Conservation Behaviorist logoConservation Biology: (5) the application of behavioral paradigms in conservation biology, most recently conservation behavior and the importance of cognition in broad conservation efforts (visit The Conservation Behaviorist of the Animal Behavior Society);

Dr Guillermo Paz-y-Mino C image evolution literacyOutreach: (6) communication of evolutionary theory to the public; our lab participates in public lectures on patterns of acceptance of evolution worldwide, and quantitative, hypotheses-driven assessments on why people struggle with accepting the reality of evolution (visit Research Articles on Acceptance of Evolution and Editorials in newspapers and magazines). Evolution is –ultimately– the unifying theme of all sciences… “Evolution is the language of the cosmos” (Paz-y-Mino C. & Espinosa 2009, 2011).