Zoology and Physiology


Patrick Kelley

Office: BS-404 | Laboratories: BS-437/438


  • B.A. Biology, Harvard University (2001)
  • Ph.D. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis (2012)
  • Postdoctoral: University of California, Berkeley (2011-2013), Florida State University (2013), University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2013-2014), University of New Hampshire (2014-2016)

Research Interests: Animal Behavior, Behavioral Ecology, Ecological Statistics

Research Summary: The Behavioral Complexity Lab is broadly interested in how environments shape individual behavior and how these behaviors impact vulnerability to selective agents (such as climate or predation). Focusing mainly on tropical birds in Panama and Hawaii (but branching out into other taxa such as jumping spiders too), our lab research integrates intensive field-based studies of multiple taxa, quantitative behavioral analysis (especially bioacoustics), physiology (primarily stress hormones), artificial intelligence, and traditional ecological modeling to explore the interplay between natural selection and complex phenotypes. To this end, the lab explores novel ways (causal AI, deep-learning) to detect and measure complex behaviors that form the basis of fundamental ecological phenomena such as competition and predation.


  • ZOO-4415/5415: Behavioral Ecology (Fall terms, odd-number years)
  • LIFE-1010: General Biology (Fall terms, even-number years)
  • ZOO-5890: Frontiers in Behavioral Ecology (Fall terms)
  • HP-4151: Data Science Deep Dive in R (J-Term)
  • ECOL-5500: Quantitative Analysis of Field Data (Fall terms)


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