As a child, Susan McConnell would spend hours watching wood rats carrying out their complex social lives in a woodpile. In this interview, she explains how her early interest in animal behavior formed the underpinnings of two passions in her life: understanding how neural circuits are assembled during development (which ultimately regulates animal behavior, and forms the main pursuit of her lab), and her love for wildlife photography, which she pursues around the globe.
About the interviewer: After completing graduate school at UCSF, Sarah Goodwin became the Director of iBiology.org.
Susan McConnell received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University and did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Stanford in 1989. McConnell is a University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, an appointment that recognizes faculty who have made an… Continue Reading