COLLEGE PLACE - The Walla Walla University 2011 Distinguished Faculty Lecture will be presented by Joseph G. Galusha, a professor of biology and associate vice president for graduate studies at WWU.
The presentation, "Watching Animals Behave: Things We Can Learn or Not," will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Galusha will present his and other scientists' findings in biological research as they relate to behavior in animals, especially in the similarities to human behavior. Galusha will explain how recent thinking in this area may challenge the basis for some moral and ethical choices made by humans.
During his 32-year tenure at WWU, Galusha's research, specifically in studying gulls, have enriched both his roles as a teacher and research scientist. His primary teaching interest is animal behavior, which stems from his education in the field of ethology: the study of animal behavior in the animal's natural environment.
Galusha is a 1968 WWU graduate and completed master's degree studies in 1972 at Andrews University. In 1975 he received his doctoral degree from University of Oxford, studying with Nobel Prize winner Niko Tinbergen.
Since 1979, Galusha's gull research has been conducted on Protection Island near Sequim, Wash., just off the Olympic peninsula. This location has the largest Glaucous-winged Gull colony in the contiguous 48 states. Galusha has made major advances in understanding social behavior in this colonial group.
His work has been published in many scholarly journals, including "Journal of Biological Dynamics," "Animal Behavior," and "Auk."