Hong Y. Yan

Associate Professor, Mechanosensory Biology Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky


Postdoctoral Training

Research Focus

There are two major mechanosensory systems used by fish to detect either acoustic and vibrational signals in the environment in which they live. Inner ears are used to detect sounds produced either by conspecifics or heterospecifics or background noise. On the other hand, vibrational signals in the water or on the surface of water can be detected by the lateral line system. Therefore, mechanosensory systems are crucial for the survival of fish in detecting the presence of both predators and prey. In some sound producing fish, it is also aiding in the recognition of potential mates or used in agonistic encounters. My research program focuses on behavioral, electrophysiological and evolutionary aspects of acoustical and vibrational communication in fish.

Current Research Interests

Representative publications

Courses offered


Students (Summer 1999)

Graduate student: Amy R. Scholik

Undergraduate students: Kristy Farmer, Angela Fu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nicola Novarini (June 1999-)

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Tomonari Akamatsu, National Research Institute for Fisheries Engineering, Japan (August 1999- July 2000)

To Contact:

E-mail: hyyan00@pop.uky.edu

Hong Y. Yan, Ph. D.

Mechanosensory Biology Laboratory
Thomas Hunt Morgan School of Biological Sciences and Center for Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
101 Morgan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0225 U.S.A.
(606) 257-7410; fax: (606) 257-1717

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Last updated: May 20, 1999