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Neil Greenberg

Professor Emeritus


1973 - Ph.D., Rutgers University


August 2016.  Another good summer helping at the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose, but improved internet in high cattle country lets me work from their ranch near Powderhorn.


I take special interest in the physiological and evolutionary ethology of aggressive and reproductive behavior and its role in the regulation of social organization. In particular, the manner in which neuroendocrine integration of physiological stress-sensitive autonomic reflexes and fragments of motor patterns become elaborated and progressively brought under the control of external stimuli and higher neural centers. The physiological causes and consequences of social interactions. The role of physiological stress in the evolution and expression of complex behavior.

Departmental, Division and University Activities

  • Faculty and Chair, University Studies Transdisciplinary Program

Grants, Awards, and Other Professional Support

  • “Threshold Program in Biomedical Science.” Hughes Biomedical Research Institute, HHMI# 71195-539601; PD ($1,400,000).
  • Deputy Chair Intellectual and Cultural Expression Focus Area
  • Hewlett Innovative Teaching Fellowship for creative curriculum development. PI; ($5,000 plus Summer Training Institute)
  • “Neuroendocrinology of Reptilian Social Dominance.” University of Tennessee Professional Development Award; PI ($5,000).
  • “Neural coordination of arousal and exploratory behavior.” University of Tennessee Faculty Research Grant ($5,500)
  • Life Sciences Graduate Program in Ethology Training Grant; Core Faculty, PD, G.M. Burghardt) ($391,975)


Awards and Recognitions

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Citation reads, in part, “.. . for exemplary ethological research on the causes and consequences of social behavior and for innovative efforts to illuminate the relations between biology and the humanities)
  • Associate Fellow, University of Tennessee Center for Academic Excellence;
  • Recipient, University Studies Scholar’s Award, acknowledging excellence in transdisciplinary research and teaching

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