2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Symbolic Systems
Supported by: Anonymous Donor
Mentor: Russell Fernald, Biology

Photo of Katrina Kent.Katrina is working to gain a better understanding of the neurological basis of aggressive and reproductive social behaviors by applying computational methods and information theory to neuroethology (the study of animal brains and behavior). This work has potential implications for a variety of human disorders, from PTSD to social anxiety. Katrina is working with data collected from Astatatotilapia burtoni, a fish species with drastic phenotypic changes depending on its social environment, but the code they produce will hopefully allow data to be collected faster and analyzed more thoroughly in the future in a variety of animal models.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Computational Analysis of Social Behavior in a Fish (Astatotilapia burtoni)

Katrina Kent1, Austin Hilliard1, Scott Juntti1, Rosa Alcazar1, Russell Fernald1
[Department of Biology1, Stanford University]