ABOUT US

Location:

We are located at Caltech in the Beckman Behavior Building, suite 204

Contact:

Dickinson Lab
The California Institute of Technology, Mail Code 216-76
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
phone: (626) 395-4562
email: anulhda@caltech.edu

Joining the Lab:

Students and post-docs fascinated with any aspects of insect flight behavior, physiology, or evolution are invited to join my laboratory. What is more important than an interest in insect flight, however, is a love of complexity and a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches.

Research Support:

  • Current Research supported by: NIH, NSF, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Abe and Ester Zarem.
  • Past Research supported by: NIH, NSF, Packard Foundation, ONR, DARPA, AFOSR, ARL, Benjamin Hall.

Lab Social Culture

Group meeting

The lab conducts a weekly two hour group meeting during which one member of the laboratory gives an informal presentation on their research progress. Although the primary purpose of group meeting is the presentation of new results, the time slot is also used for practice talks, the presentation of figures prior to manuscript submission, and brainstorming sessions. The order of presentation increments automatically through the list of all lab members. Group meeting typically begins with a brief discussion of practical issues concerning the lab.

Journal club

The lab conducts a weekly one hour journal club in which lab members present a recent paper of interest to the lab. As with group meeting, the order of presentation increments automatically through the list of all lab members.

Lab camping trip

In most years, the lab takes a three day camping to a site within reasonable driving distance. All lab members contribute to cooking meals and planning activities. The families of all lab member are invited to participate. Past sites include Mount Lassen, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, King’s Canyon, Mono Lake, Olympic National Park, and the Northern Cascades.

Charitable giving

The laboratory believes that scientists have a responsibility to improve human and environmental welfare. In December of each year, the laboratory makes a charitable contribution to an organization that we feel is tackling the world’s most challenging problems. All graduate students, post-docs, staff, and undergraduates make a collective contribution which is matched 2-fold by the PI.

Past donations include:

$800 to American Civil Liberties Union, $850 to Planned Parenthood (2016)
$1548 to the Malala Fund (2015)
$1140 to Doctors Without Borders (2014)
$1500 to Direct Relief (2013)
$1222 to Northwest Harvest (2012)
$1675 to Doctors Without Borders (2011)
$1320 to Doctors Without Borders (2010)

We encourage other laboratories to develop similar traditions.