Professor of School of Biological Sciences
Brain and Behavior
1st Diploma 1982, University of Innsbruck; M.S. 1986, University of Innsbruck; Ph.D. 1991, University of Notre Dame; Postdoctoral Research Associate 1991-1994, Indiana University
Behavioral physiology of sound production and song learning in songbirds
Dr. Goller studies the behavioral physiology of sound production and song learning in birds. Current projects focus on 1) physical mechanisms of sound production; 2) the motor coordination between all motor systems involved in singing; 3) coordination between vocal and visual displays; 4) motor aspects of vocal development; 5) acoustic models and song syntax; 6) energetics of song production. The integrative aspects of these studies at the interface of neurobiology and behavior provide a unique opportunity to bridge neural control of a complex learned behavior to its evolutionary and ecological relevance in the natural environment.