Austen Curtin, PhD Student



BS, Psychology, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (2002)

MA, Psychology, Subprogram in Animal Behavior and Conservation, Hunter College (2009)

PhD, Biology, Subprogram in Neuroscience, Graduate Center, CUNY (current)

Research Interests:

I am interested in how animals synchronize their behavior with others.

I am currently exploring how manipulations of the spatial, temporal and social environment of zebra finches affect the coordination of behavioral processes that determine reproductive fitness.


Gess*, A., Schneider, D.M., Vyas, A., & Woolley, S.M.N. (2011). Automated auditory recognition training and testing. Animal Behaviour, 82, 285-293.

Krause, A., Xu, Y., Joh, J., Hubner, R., Gess*, A., Ilic, T., & Worgall, S. (2010). Overexpression of sonic hedgehog in the lung mimics the effect of lung injury and compensatory lung growth on pulmonary Sca-1 and CD34 positive cells. Molecular Therapy, 18, 404-412.

Gess*, A. (2007). Birds like music, too. Science, 317, 1864.

*maiden name