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Lecture by Dr. Berthold Hedwig, University of Cambridge, England

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Neurobiology of insect acoustic communication


Dr. Berthold Hedwig, University of Cambridge, England


July 6th, 3:00 pm


C912, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zijingang Campus


Education and Professional Experience

1985        Ph.D University of Goettingen, Germany.

1986-1997   PostDoc in Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria; University of Alberta, Canada; University of Cambridge, England.

1997-       Reader, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, England


Research Interests:

Dr. Hedwig analyzed the neural mechanisms underlying acoustic communication in insects which use species-specific sounds for mate attraction. He uses behavioural, neurophysiological and optical imaging techniques with the aim to understand:

1. The neural mechanisms generating the motor patterns underlying sound production, e.g. which brain neurons control the behaviour? Which changes in the nervous systems of different species lead to the expression of species-specific motor patterns?

2. Processing of auditory signals in the central and peripheral nervous system. Which cellular and network properties establish the recognition of species-specific sound patterns?

3. Ca2+ dynamics in auditory and motor pathways: Imaging Ca2+ changes in identified neurons indicate how changes in cytosolic calcium levels contribute to auditory processing or motor pattern generation?


Dr. Hedwig has published more than 100 paper in journals including Nature, Science, PNAS, Current Biology, etc. Published the book ‘Insect Hearing and Acoustic Communication’ (2017).