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Welcome. This is the website for the lab group of Dr. Daizaburo (Dai) Shizuka in the School of Biological Sciences at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Here at the Shizuka Lab, we use a variety of approaches to study social behavior of animals. We are particularly interested in how cognitive mechanisms (e.g., learning, recognition) and patterns of social interactions in a wide variety of contexts--including parental care, social parasitism, group living and species interactions--affect ecological and evolutionary processes. Our work combines field-based behavioral and ecological studies of birds and quantitative approaches such as social network analysis. 


Shizuka Lab News

  • Check out some recent news from the Shizuka Lab!
  • Postdoc Opportunity! The Shizuka Lab at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln ( is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study long-term dynamics of social networks in ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2017, 6:20 AM by Dai Shizuka
  • Welcome Laura! A belated welcome to Laura Vander Meiden, who joined our lab as a Ph.D. student a couple of weeks ago. She went out to the field to the Yukon ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2016, 8:42 AM by Dai Shizuka
  • New Paper in Animal Behaviour Dai has a new paper in Animal Behaviour, co-authored with Damien Farine of the Max Planck Institute. The paper presents a method to assess the robustness of 'community assignment ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 6:57 AM by Dai Shizuka
  • New Paper in Molecular Ecology Our new paper on winter social structure in golden-crowned sparrows (Dai is a co-author) is now out at Molecular Ecology!Arnberg et al. (2015) investigated the effect of ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:28 AM by Dai Shizuka
  • Back in business It's Week 2 of the fall semester here at UNL. We are starting out with a bang:- Maria Goller is starting off her Ph.D. program here this semester ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 8:42 AM by Dai Shizuka
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Current Contact:

Daizaburo Shizuka
410B Manter Hall
PO Box 880118
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA