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Peter Moller

Ph.D., Free University Berlin, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics

 

Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 620N
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 769-5841
Tel: (212) 772-5197
Fax:(212) 772-5620
Email: pmoller@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Current Areas of Research:

     Our research subjects are African weakly electric fish of the family Mormyridae that we breed in our laboratory.  My research interest in these animals is twofold:

  1. Multisensory integration, i.e. the interplay of their electrosenses, sight, and lateral line, in orientation, navigation, and communication.
  2. The developmental plasticity of structures and behaviors that affect their courtship displays.

 

Specific Topics:

  • Maze learning in Mormyrus rume: the role of electrosenses, sight, and lateral line.
  • Spatial memory and information transfer in Mormyridae.
  • Environmental effects on social signaling in mormyrid fish.
  • Visual performance and ecological adaptations in mormyrid fish: a comparative study.
  • Habituation learning in Malapterurus electricus.
  • Effects of gonadal steroids on the expression of courtship display structures and behavior in African mormyrid fish.
  • Organizational and activational roles of androgens in the expression of sexually dimorphic structures and behavior in weakly electric fish.
  • Electric fish as a model to investigate the effects on endocrine disruptors.

 

Selected Publications:

Books

Moller, P. (1995) Electric Fishes: History and behavior. Chapman and Hall, London.

Ladich, F., Collin, S.P., Moller, P. and Kapoor, B.G. (eds.) (2006). Communication in Fishes. Science Publishers Inc., Enfield, NH, USA

LeCroy, D. and Moller, P. (eds.) (2000). Evolutionary perspectives on human reproductive behavior. Anls. NY Acad. Sci. 907, 1-233.

Articles

Moller, P. (2002). Multimodal sensory integration in weakly electric fish: a behavioral account. J. Physiol. (Paris). 96/5-6: 547-556.

Terleph, T. and Moller, P. (2003). Effects of social interaction on the electric organ discharge in a mormyrid fish, Gnathonemus petersii Günther 1862 (Mormyridae, Teleostei). J. Exp. Biol. 206, 2355-2362.

Moller, P., Schugardt, C. and Kirschbaum, F. (2004). Permanent and seasonal expression of sexual dimorphisms in a weakly electric fish, Mormyrus rume proboscirostris Boulenger 1898 (Mormyridae, Teleostei). Environ. Biol. Fishes 70, 175-184.

Greisman, L. and Moller, P. (2005). The anal-fin complex in a weakly discharging electric fish, Gnathonemus petersii Günther 1862 (Teleostei: Mormyridae). J. Biol. Fish. 66, 266-275.

Moller, P. (2006). Electrocommunication: History, insights, and new questions. In: Communication in Fishes. Ladich, F., Collin, S.P., Moller, P. and Kapoor, B.G. (eds.). Science Publishers Inc., Enfield, NH, USA. pp. 579-599.

Terleph, T. and Moller, P. (2003). Effects of social interaction on the electric organ discharge in a mormyrid fish, Gnathonemus petersii Günther 1862 (Mormyridae, Teleostei). J. Exp. Biol., in press.

Rojas, R. and Moller, P. (2002). Multisensory contributions to the shelter-seeking behavior of a mormyrid fish, Gnathonemus petersii Günther (Mormyridae, Teleostei): the role of vision, and the passive and active electrosenses. Brain Behav. Evol., 59:211-221.

Görner, P., and Moller, P. (2001). Distance estimation in the funnel web spider Agelena labyrinthica. Proc. Roy. Inst. Navigation. RIN-01, P12/1-9.

LeCroy, D. and Moller, P. (eds.) (2000). Evolutionary perspectives on human reproductive behavior. Anls. NY Acad. Sci. 907: 1-233.

Herfeld, S. and Moller. P. (1998). Effects of 17a-methyltestosterone on sexually dimorphic characters in the weakly discharging electric fish, Brienomyrus niger (Günther, 1866) (Mormyridae): electric organ discharge, ventral body wall indentation, and anal-fin ray bone expansion. Hormones and Behavior. 34, 303-319.