Sarah E. Durand
Sarah E. Durand, Associate
Professor of biology, received a dual 4-year BA/MA degree in Ecology and
Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania for a field study that examined
shorebird foraging patterns in the intertidal zone along the Maine cost. Her doctoral
degree in Neurobiology and Behavior was conferred by the Center for Molecular
and Behavior Neuroscience of Rutgers University for a dissertation on novel
auditory pathways in the avian brain, which received the Dean’s Dissertation
Award for Excellence. For her postdoctoral work, supported by an NIH
postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the
parrot forebrain system for vocal learning at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Durand has published in and reviewed for the
Journal of Comparative Neurology (JCN), co-authored papers for Nature Reviews Neuroscience
and the New York Academy of Science and has reviewed grant proposals for the
National Science Foundation.
By way of the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate
grant to LaGuardia, Dr. Durand mentors research students in both ecology and neuroscience,
with two students in the latter group winning "Best in Neuroscience"
awards at the national conference for minority research students, ABRCMS. She
is currently assisting development of the new major in Environmental Science
that emphasizes collaboration with local high schools, community organizations
and government agencies and she directs the Collegiate Science and Technology
Entry Program at LaGuardia.