Dr Tom Smulders
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790
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- Personal Website: http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/tom.smulders
- Address: The Henry Wellcome Building for Neuroecology,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH
Tom Smulders was born near Antwerp, Belgium and grew up in Brecht, Belgium.
2003-2005 Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Newcastle University, UK
1992-1998 Ph.D. in Biopsychology at Cornell University, USA. (Supervisor: Prof. Timothy J. DeVoogd)
1990-1992 MSc in Zoology at Antwerp University, Belgium
1988-1990 BSc in Biology at Antwerp University, Belgium
Roles and Responsibilities
2014-present Director of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution
2008-present Chair of the Seminar Committee of the Institute of Neuroscience
2012-2014: Grant panel member of the FWO (Flanders, Belgium)-Biodiversity & Ecology (Bio3)
2010-present: Editorial Board of Brain, Behaviour & Evolution
2008-present: Reviewing Editor of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
2008-2009 Guest Editor of a Special Issue on “Integrating Ecology, Psychology, and Neurobiology Within a Food-hoarding Paradigm” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
2008-2009 Guest Editor of a Special Feature on “Brain Evolution” in Biology Letters
2008-2013 Editorial Board of Biology Letters (Royal Society of London)
2007 Invited participant in the INCF Workshop on Neuroanatomical Nomenclature and Taxonomy
2006-present Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1992-1993 Philips Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
2000-2002 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, USA (Supervisor: Prof. Erich D. Jarvis)
1998-2000 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, USA (Supervisor: Prof. Robert E. Hampson)
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
British Neuroscience Association
British Psychological Society
International Society for Neuroethology
J.B. Johnston Club (Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy)
Natural History Society of Northumbria
Fluent in spoken and written Dutch
Fluent in spoken and written English
Fluent in spoken and written French
Reading and conversational skills in German
Notions of Italian and Latin
Ballroom Dancing; Science Fiction and Fantasy
My research focuses on different aspects of spatial information processing, specifically in food-hoarding animals. In the spirit of true NeuroEcology, I approach this topic from both an ultimate (evolutionary, ecological) and a proximate (behavioural and neural mechanisms) point of view.
From the ultimate point of view, I ask questions about the evolutionary origin of food-hoarding behaviour, how it is maintained in a population and which mechanisms have evolved to make it adaptive.
From the proximate point of view, I study both behavioural and neural mechanisms involved in food hoarding. Behaviourally, our group is interested in the strategies employed by food-hoarding birds to prevent loss of caches and to maximize their own benefits, which seem to rely for a great deal (but not exclusively) on memory for individual cache locations. Neurobiologically, we are interested in the neural basis of this memory, using a range of techniques, from purely anatomical measures (cell numbers, neurogenesis, gene expression patterns), through interference with function (permanent and temporary inactivation) to (in the future) electrophysiological recording from the relevant brain areas.
PSY2007 Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues
PSY2011 Methods in Psychology 2B - using statistics for testing hypotheses
PSY2015 Introduction to Professional Skills
PSY3097 Undergraduate Research Projects in Psychology
MMB8003 The Biological Study of Behaviour
MMB8043 Comparative Cognition
- Martin-Ordas G, Smulders TV. A commentary on “Merging of Long-Term Memories in an Insect. Frontiers in Comparative Psychology 2015, 6, 826.
- Read JCA, Simonotto J, Bohr I, Godfrey A, Galna B, Rochester L, Smulders TV. Balance and coordination after viewing stereoscopic 3D television. Royal Society Open Science 2015, 2, 140522.
- Mazurek A, Bhoopathy R, Read JCA, Gallagher P, Smulders TV. Effects of age on a real-world What-Where-When memory task. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2015, 7, 74.
- Smulders TV. Interpreting measurements of heritability: comment on Croston et al. Behavioral Ecology 2015, Epub ahead of print.
- Smulders TV, Jarvis ED. Different mechanisms are responsible for dishabituation of electrophysiological auditory responses to a change in acoustic identity than to a change in stimulus location. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 2013, 106, 163-176.
- Dunn IC, Wilson PW, Smulders TV, Sandilands V, D'Eath RB, Boswell T. Hypothalamic Agouti-Related Protein Expression Is Affected by Both Acute and Chronic Experience of Food Restriction and Re-Feeding in Chickens. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 2013, 25(10), 920-928.
- Kareklas K, Nettle D, Smulders TV. Water-induced finger wrinkles improve handling of wet objects. Biology Letters 2013, 9(2), 20120999.
- Holland SM, Smulders TV. Do humans use episodic memory to solve a What-Where-When memory task?. Animal Cognition 2011, 14(1), 95-102.
- Feenders G, Smulders TV. Magpies can use local cues to retrieve their food caches. Animal Cognition 2011, 14(2), 235-243.
- Echtermeyer C, Smulders TV, Smith VA. Causal pattern recovery from neural spike train data using the Snap Shot Score. Journal of Computational Neuroscience 2010, 29(1-2), 231-252.
- Smulders TV. Darwin Celebrations Highlight Brain Evolution. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 2010, 75(1), 8.
- Pravosudov VV, Smulders TV. Integrating ecology, psychology and neurobiology within a food-hoarding paradigm. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2010, 365(1542), 859-867.
- Roth TC, Brodin A, Smulders TV, LaDage LD, Pravosudov VV. Is bigger always better? A critical appraisal of the use of volumetric analysis in the study of the hippocampus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2010, 365(1542), 915-931.
- Smulders TV, Gould KL, Leaver LA. Using ecology to guide the study of cognitive and neural mechanisms of different aspects of spatial memory in food-hoarding animals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2010, 365(1542), 883-900.
- Zinkivskay A, Nazir F, Smulders TV. What-Where-When memory in magpies (Pica pica). Animal Cognition 2009, 12(1), 119-125.
- Smulders TV. Darwin 200: Special Feature on Brain Evolution Introduction. Biology Letters 2009, 5(1), 105-107.
- Smulders TV. The relevance of brain evolution for the biomedical sciences. Biology Letters 2009, 5(1), 138-140.
- Feenders G, Smulders T. Episodic-like memory in food-hoarding birds. In: Dere, E; Easton, A; Nade, L; Huston, JP, ed. Handbook of Episodic Memory. London: Elsevier Science, 2008, pp.197-216.
- Male L, Smulders T. Hyper-dispersed cache distributions reduce pilferage: a laboratory study. Journal of Avian Biology 2008, 39(2), 170-177.
- Male LH, Smulders TV. Hyperdispersed cache distributions reduce pilferage: a field study. Animal Behaviour 2007, 73(4), 717-726.
- Male LH, Smulders TV. Memory decay and cache site preferences in hoarding coal tits - A laboratory study. Behaviour 2007, 144(6), 693-710.
- Male LH, Smulders TV. Memory for food caches: Not just for retrieval. Behavioral Ecology 2007, 18(2), 456-459.
- Smith LS, Austin J, Baker S, Borisyuk R, Eglen S, Feng J, Gurney K, Jackson T, Kaiser M, Overton P, Panzeri S, Quian Quiroga R, Schultz SR, Sernagor E, Smith VA, Smulders TV, Stuart L, Whittington M, Ingram C. The CARMEN e-Science pilot project: Neuroinformatics work packages. In: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting. 2007, Nottingham, UK: National e-Science Centre.
- Smulders TV. A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding hippocampal function in food-hoarding birds. Reviews in the Neurosciences 2006, 17(1-2), 53-69.
- Smith VA, Yu J, Smulders TV, Hartemink AJ, Jarvis ED. Computational inference of neural information flow networks. PLoS Computational Biology 2006, 2(11), 1436-1449.
- Smulders TV, Lisi MD, Tricomi E, Otter KA, Chruszcz B, Ratcliffe LM, DeVoogd TJ. Failure to detect seasonal changes in the song system nuclei of the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Journal of Neurobiology 2006, 66(9), 991-1001.
- Ferreira ARJ, Smulders TV, Sameshima K, Mello CV, Jarvis ED. Vocalizations and associated behaviors of the sombre hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrhochloris) and the rufous-breasted hermit (Glaucis hirsutus). Auk 2006, 123(4), 1129-1148.
- Jarvis ED, Güntürkün O, Bruce LL, Csillag A, Karten HJ, Kuenzel W, Medina L, Paxinos G, Perkel DJ, Shimizu T, Striedter GF, Wild JM, Ball GF, Dugas-Ford J, Durand S, Hough G, Husband S, Kubikova L, Lee DW, Mello CV, Powers A, Siang C, Smulders TV, Wada K, White SA, Yamamoto K, Yu J, Reiner A, Butler AB. Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2005, 6(2), 151-159.
- Reiner A, Perkel DJ, Bruce LL, Butler AB, Csillag A, Kuenzel W, Medina L, Paxinos G, Shimizu T, Striedter G, Wild M, Ball GF, Durand S, Guturkun O, Lee DW, Mello CV, Powers A, White SA, Hough G, Kubikova L, Smulders TV, Wada K, Dugas-Ford J, Husband S, Yamamoto K, Yu J, Siang C, Jarvis ED. Revised nomenclature for avian telencephalon and some related brainstem nuclei. Journal of Comparative Neurology 2004, 473(3), 337-414.
- Reiner A, Perkel DJ, Bruce LL, Butler AB, Csillag A, Kuenzel W, Medina L, Paxinos G, Shimizu T, Striedter G, Wild M, Ball GF, Durand S, Guturkun O, Lee DW, Mello CV, Powers A, White SA, Hough G, Kubikova L, Smulders TV, Wada K, Dugas-Ford J, Husband S, Yamamoto K, Yu J, Siang C, Jarvis ED. Revised Nomenclature for Avian Telencephalon and Some Related Brainstem Nuclei. Journal of Comparative Neurology 2004, 473(3), 377-414.
- Smulders TV. [Book review] Neurobiology of Spatial Behaviour; Jeffery, KJ (ed.). Animal Behaviour 2004, 86(2), 433-434.
- Shiflett MW, Smulders TV, Benedict L, DeVoogd TJ. Reversible inactivation of the hippocampal formation in food-storing black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Hippocampus 2003, 13(4), 437-444.
- Jarvis ED, Smith VA, Wada K, McElroy M, Smulders TV, Rivas MV, Carninci P, Hayashisaki Y, Dietrich F, Wu X, Yu J, Wang PP, Hartemink AJ. A framework for integrating the songbird brain. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 2002, 188(11-12), 961-980.
- Smulders TV. Natural Breeding Conditions and Artificial Increases in Testosterone Have Opposite Effects on the Brains of Adult Male Songbirds: A Meta-analysis. Hormones and Behavior 2002, 41(2), 156-169.
- Shiflett MW, Gould KL, Smulders TV, DeVoogd TJ. Septum volume and food-storing behavior are related in parids. Journal of Neurobiology 2002, 51(3), 215-222.
- Darlington RB, Smulders TV. Problems with residual analysis. Animal Behaviour 2001, 62(3), 599-602.
- Smulders TV, Hampson RE. Beyond the cognitive map: from place cells to episodic memory; Redish, AD [book review]. Quarterly Review of Biology 2000, 75(4), 491-492.
- Smulders TV, Casto JM, Nolan V, Ketterson ED, DeVoogd TJ. Effects of captivity and testosterone on the volumes of four brain regions in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Journal of Neurobiology 2000, 43(3), 244-253.
- Smulders TV, DeVoogd TJ. Expression of immediate early genes in the hippocampal formation of the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) during a food-hoarding task. Behavioural Brain Research 2000, 114(1-2), 39-49.
- Smulders TV, Shiflett MW, Sperling AJ, DeVoogd TJ. Seasonal changes in neuron numbers in the hippocampal formation of a food-hoarding bird: The black-capped chickadee. Journal of Neurobiology 2000, 44(4), 414-422.
- Smulders TV, DeVoogd TJ. The avian hippocampal formation and the memory for hoarded food: Spatial learning out in the real world. In: Bolhuis, JJ, ed. Brain, Perception, Memory. Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp.127-148.
- Smulders TV. A game theoretical model of the evolution of food hoarding: Applications to the Paridae. American Naturalist 1998, 151(4), 356-366.
- Van der Linden A, Verhoye M, Vanaudekerke J, Peeters R, Eens M, Newman SW, Smulders TV, Balthazart J, DeVoogd TJ. Non invasive in vivo anatomical studies of the oscine brain by high resolution mri microscopy. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 1998, 81(1-2), 45-52.
- Smulders TV, Dhondt AA. How much memory do tits need?. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 1997, 12(11), 417-418.
- Smulders TV, Sasson AD, Devoogd TJ. Seasonal variation in hippocampal volume in a food-storing bird, the black-capped chickadee. Journal of Neurobiology 1995, 27(1), 15-25.