Georg F. Striedter

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School of Biological Sciences
Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1990, Neuroscience
B.S., Cornell University, 1984, Neurobiology & Behavior

Phone: (949) 824-5228
Fax: (949) 824-2447

University of California, Irvine
305 Qureshey Research Labs / CNLM
Mail Code: 3800
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Evolutionary Neurobiology and Animal Behavior
Academic Distinctions
2010- 2019 Editor-in-Chief: Brain, Behavior, and Evolution
2002-03 Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin
(Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
1998 C.J. Herrick Award from the American Association of Anatomists
1995-97 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
1995 Honorable Mention- Capranica Foundation Prize for Neuroethology
1993 Ferguson Graduate Teaching Award - Caltech
1986-87 Regents Fellowship - University of California, San Diego
1990-94 Postdoctoral Scholar at California Institute of Technology (with Dr. M. Konishi)
Research Abstract
I am broadly interested in the evolution of vertebrate brains and behavior. Within that field, I am interested in general principles that are broadly conserved (such as brain scaling laws and ancient brain divisions), but I am also interested in understanding what makes specific taxonomic groups (e.g., humans, primates, birds) behaviorally and neurobiologically unique. I have approached this problem experimentally through studies on embryonic brains of diverse avian species but recently found myself more intrigued by the challenge of synthesizing experimental data that are already available (i.e., published). In practice, this meant writing an undergraduate textbook called 'Neurobiology: A Functional Approach" and, more recently, co-authoring a book on key events in the evolution of vertebrate nervous systems. I am currently trying to apply my way of thinking about species differences and similarities to the problem of how best to use animal models in biological research.
Awards and Honors
2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
Striedter G.F. and Northcutt R.G. (2020) Brains Through Time: A Natural History of Vertebrates. Oxford University Press.
Striedter GF (2019) Variation across species and levels: implications for model species research. Brain Behavior and Evolution. 93:1-13
Striedter, GF (2016) Neurobiology:A Functional Approach. Oxford University Press.
Striedter GF (2015) Evolution of the hippocampus in reptiles and birds. J Comp Neurol. 524:496-517.
Striedter GF, Srinivasan S, Monuki ES (2014) Cortical folding: when, where, how and why? Annual Review of Neuroscience, 38:291-307.
Striedter GF, Belgard TG, Chen C-C, et al. (2014) NSF Workshop Report: Discovering General Principles of Nervous System Organization by Comparing Brain Maps Across Species. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution. 83:1-8.
McGowan, L.D., Alaama, R.A., Freise, A.C., Huang, J.C., Charvet, C.J., Striedter, G.F. (2012) Expansion, folding, and abnormal lamination of the chick optic tectum after intraventricular injections of FGF2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109 (suppl. 1): 10640-10646.
Charvet, C.J., and Striedter, G.F. (2010) Bigger brains cycle faster before neurogenesis begins: a comparison of brain development between chickens and bobwhite quail. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. 277: 3469-3475.
Striedter, G.F., and Charvet, C.J. (2009) Telencephalic enlargement by the convergent evolution of expanded subventricular zones. Biology Letters, 5: 134-137.
Charvet, C.J., and Striedter, G.F. (2008) Developmental species differences in brain cell cycle rates between bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) and parakeets (Melopsittacus undulatus): implications for mosaic brain evolution. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 72: 295-306.
Striedter, G.F., and Charvet, C.J. (2008) Developmental origins of species differences in telencephalon and tectum size: morphometric comparisons between a parrot (Melopsittacus undulatus) and a quail (Colinus virgianus). Journal of Comparative Neurology, 507: 1663-1675.
Striedter, G.F., and Northcutt, R.G. (2006) Head size constrains forebrain development and evolution in ray-finned fishes. Evolution & Development 8:215-222.
Striedter, G.F. (2005) Principles of brain evolution. Sunderland, MA, Sinauer Associates.
Professional Societies
Society for Neuroscience
J. B. Johnston Club of Comparative Neurobiologists
Graduate Programs
Neurobiology and Behavior

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Research Center
Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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