Neuroethology is the study of animal sensory systems and nervous systems. We are interested in what animals can sense and how they do this. How do bees detect flowers? How do sharks detect prey?
We are also interested in how animal brains control movements and behaviour. How do spiders run, how do flies fly? What’s different about a bee that cleans the hive compared to one that goes out looking for food?
Animal sensory systems and nervous system designs vary greatly in detail, but they all – including yours and mine – have the same basic design and use very similar molecules and cells. Animal diversity helps us to discover underlying principles of nervous system structure and function.