Julia Hyland Bruno

Julia Hyland Bruno is an ethologist interested in behavioral development, with a particular focus on social animals, such as songbirds or humans, that learn how to communicate with one another. Julia received her PhD in biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience from the City University of New York, where she studied the rhythmic patterning of zebra finch vocal learning. As a Presidential Scholar, Julia explores how patterns of communication among individuals influence social organization.

Project Title

Learning to Improvise? Using Social Songbirds to Study Vocal Culture in the Lab

Peter Bearman
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), President of the American Assembly, Columbia University

George Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University