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Alison M Bell

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Contact Information

515 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


Research Interests

Proximate causes and ultimate consequences of individual differences in behavior 


BA University of Chicago
PhD University of California, Davis
Postdoc, University of Glasgow
Postdoc, University of California, Davis

Awards and Honors

New Investigator Award, Animal Behavior Society

Additional Campus Affiliations

Lowell Getz Scholar, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor, Neuroscience Program
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Recent Publications

Behrens, C., Maciejewski, M. F., Arredondo, E., Dalziel, A. C., Weir, L. K., & Bell, A. M. (2024). Divergence in Reproductive Behaviors Is Associated with the Evolutionary Loss of Parental Care. American Naturalist, 203(5), 590-603.

Bell, A. M. (2024). The evolution of decision-making mechanisms under competing demands. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 39(2), 141-151.

Hellmann, J. K., Keagy, J., Carlson, E. R., Kempfer, S., & Bell, A. M. (2024). Predator-induced transgenerational plasticity of parental care behaviour in male three-spined stickleback fish across two generations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 291(2014), Article 20232582.

Barbasch, T. A., Behrens, C., McLain, M., Arredondo, E., & Bell, A. M. (2023). A distinct neurogenomic response to a trade-off between social challenge and opportunity in male sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Biology Letters, 19(11), Article 20230253.

Bell, A. M. (2023). Prairie Voles: Recovering from a broken heart. eLife, 12, Article e87550.

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