Chad Daniel Meliza

Assistant Professor

Office Address

Office Hours:
Mon: 2:00-3:00
Thu: 11:00-12:00


My lab studies neural mechanisms of pattern learning and recognition in the auditory system of songbirds. Songbirds can learn to recognize hundreds of songs from different individuals under challenging and variable acoustic conditions. We study this behavior using a neuroethological approach that combines observational studies, operant conditioning, acute and chronic electrophysiology, and dynamical systems models.

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Recent Publications

  • S. C. Keen, C. D. Meliza, D. R. Rubenstein (2013). Flight calls signal group membership and individual identity but not kinship in a cooperatively breeding bird. Behavioral Ecology, doi:10.1093/beheco/art062
  • C. D. Meliza and D. Margoliash (2012). Emergence of selectivity and tolerance in the avian auditory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0845-12.2012
  • M. Kostuk, B. A. Toth, C. D. Meliza, D. Margoliash, H. D. I. Abarbanel (2011). Dynamical estimation of neuron and network properties II: Path integral Monte Carlo methods. Biological Cybernetics, doi:10.1007/s00422-012-0487-5
  • C. D. Meliza (2011). Effects of auditory recognition learning on the perception of vocal features in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, doi:10.1121/1.3641420
  • C. D. Meliza, Z. Chi, D. Margoliash (2010). Representations of conspecific song by starling secondary forebrain auditory neurons: towards a hierarchical framework. Journal of Neurophysiology, doi:10.1152/jn.00464.2009
  • C. D. Meliza and Y. Dan (2006). Receptive-field modification in rat visual cortex induced by paired visual stimulation and single cell spiking. Neuron, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2005.12.009