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Emily Dennis studies the behavioral, neural, and evolutionary mechanisms rodents use to hunt in the dark. In the wild, rodents often need to forage in low-light conditions and complex environments where they cannot see their prey. Dennis and her team seek to understand how animals use these ambiguous sensory cues when performing natural behaviors. They use modern systems neuroscience tools to understand the neural computations and correlates underlying hunting in mice; investigate how mice use auditory cues from prey in complex, ambiguous, and dynamic environments; and utilize comparative neuroscience approaches at the behavioral, anatomical, and neural levels across species to better understand hunting and its evolution.