Prof. Dr. Catherine E. Carr


Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsExperimental and Theoretical Network Neuroscience,Molecular Biology and Physiology of Nerve and Glia Cells,Sensory and Behavioural Biology
KeywordsSinnesphysiologie, Hören, Schallortung

Current contact address

CountryUnited States of America
CityCollege Park
InstitutionUniversity of Maryland at College Park
InstituteDepartment of Biology

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Geoffrey A. ManleyLehrstuhl für Zoologie, Technische Universität München, Garching
Prof. Dr. Hermann WagnerInstitut für Biologie I, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen
Prof. Dr. Christine KöpplInstitut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften (IBU), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg
Start of initial sponsorship01/08/2004


2003Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Using electric fish and birds as animal models, Prof. Carr has shown that the nervous system can encode time differences in stimuli down into the microsecond range - that is, a few millionths of a second! She is a recognized authority on how the brain uses these tiny differences between the stimuli at the two ears to localize a sound source. She has highlighted the cellular specializations and the salient connections between nerve cells which together achieve this amazing feat. During her Humboldt stay in Germany, Prof. Carr will work in Munich and Aachen and conduct experiments addressing the evolution of the sound localization systems in birds and mammals.

Publications (partial selection)

2016Carr CE, Christensen-Dalsgaard J. Evolutionary trends in directional hearing. . In: Curr Opin Neurobiol., 2016, 111-117