Melissa S Armstrong

Ph.D. student

Visuomotor control, avian neuroscience, data visualization, science communication, diversity in STE(A)M

My thesis focuses on studying visual pathways in the brain during free flight using a combination of electrophysiology, optogenetics, and panoramic virtual reality environments that track avian flight while manipulating visual stimulus.

Thanks to my background in fine art and design, I am also interested in data visualization and science communication. Diversity and women in STEAM advocate.

4YF Award

2017
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For Research
Pretectal projections to the oculomotor cerebellum in hummingbirds (Calypte anna), zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), and pigeons (Columba livia)
Journal of Comparative Neurology 2644-2658
Gaede Andrea H., Cristian Gutierrez‐Ibanez Melissa S. Armstrong Douglas L. Altshuler and Douglas R. Wylie
2019