B.S. Neuroscience, Biology, Brandeis University 2019
Crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans live in constantly fluctuating environmental conditions (temperature, pH, salinity, etc.), yet their nervous systems maintain consistent and critical output for the duration of their lives. These systems display extraordinary robustness and can even employ multiple solutions to regain steady output. I am particularly interested in the homeostatic mechanisms of the C. borealis pyloric circuit (subset of the stomatogastric nervous system) that allow the system to maintain rhythmic output in different salinity levels as well as the variability evident in these responses.