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John B. Phillips

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Major Fields of Interest

Neuroethology, Sensory Ecology

Current Research

  • Magnetic field detection
  • Specialized photoreception mechanisms in vertebrates
  • Long-distance navigation
  • Coevolution of color signals and chromatic processing mechanisms
  • 2000-2004 Associate Professor, Biology Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 
  • 1993-2000 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington 
  • 1986-93 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1984-87 Postdoctoral Fellow (advisor: Timothy Goldsmith), Department of Biology, Yale University 
  • 1984 Ph.D., Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
  • 1976-77 Research Technician, Abteilung für Verhaltens-physiologie, University of Tübingen, Germany 
  • 1976 B.A., Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 


  • 2007 Fellow of the Royal Society of Navigation, UK