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Ronald Hoy’s research interests are broad, from developmental and cell biology to behavioral genetics, neuroscience, and evolutionary neurobiology, with a particular focus on communication behavior and sensory neurobiology. This is reflected in his work in acoustic communication. Hoy takes a model systems approach by studying communication acts in insects such as crickets and flies to investigate how the act of communication is controlled by simpler neural systems and how these systems develop and evolve. He designed four undergraduate courses in neuroscience and biomedical engineering for science and non-science majors in order to attract students to study biology and neurogenetics, develop educators, and provide authentic laboratory research experiences.