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- Editor-in-Chief: Brain, Behavior, and Evolution
2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
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 I find myself intrigued by the challenge of synthesizing experimental data that are already available (i.e., published). Presently, I am excited about finishing an undergraduate textbook called 'Neurobiology; a functional approach" and starting a new book (with Glenn Northcutt) on key events and innovations in the history of vertebrate brain evolution.
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.
McGowan, L., Kuo, E., Martin, A., Monuki, E.S., and Striedter, G.F. (2011) Species differences in early brain patterning of the avian brain. Evolution, 65:907-911.
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.
Charvet, C.J., and Striedter, G.F (2010) Phylogenetic origins of early alterations in brain region proportions. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 75:104–110
Charvet, C.J., and Striedter, G.F. (2009) Developmental origins of mosaic brain evolution: morphometric analysis of the deveoping zebra finch brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 514: 203-213.
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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