Functional Anatomy and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals
Research in the Orbach (FABEMM!) lab explores evolutionary biology with a focus on the coevolution of anatomy and behavior, reproductive morphology, functional morphology, sexual selection, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, and decision-making processes. While most research focuses on marine mammals, Dr. Orbach is a comparative biologist with research experience in other systems including birds, bats, and fish. Collaborations are welcome from researchers possessing diverse field expertise and perspectives across a broad range of study systems are disciplines. Most projects are concept-based with broad applications rather than species-based. Projects often incorporate a combination of field- and laboratory-based techniques, and can entail international travel to explore behavioral patterns and/or data collection using innovative approaches on post-mortem specimens. Please see the publication page for examples of research in the FABEMM lab.