Melissa S Armstrong

Ph.D. student

Visuomotor control, avian neuroscience, data visualization, science communication, diversity in STE(A)M

My thesis focuses on studying visual pathways in the brain during free flight using a combination of electrophysiology, optogenetics, and panoramic virtual reality environments that track avian flight while manipulating visual stimulus.

Thanks to my background in fine art and design, I am also interested in data visualization and science communication. Diversity and women in STEAM advocate.

4YF Award

For Research
Pretectal projections to the oculomotor cerebellum in hummingbirds (Calypte anna), zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), and pigeons (Columba livia)
Journal of Comparative Neurology 2644-2658
Gaede Andrea H., Cristian Gutierrez‐Ibanez Melissa S. Armstrong Douglas L. Altshuler and Douglas R. Wylie