Stephen  Nowicki

Professor of Biology

Associate Chair of the Department of Biology
Professor of Neurobiology
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Bass Fellow
  • I study animal communication, using birds as a model system for understanding the function and evolution of natural communication system.

  • My wife, Susan Peters, is my long-time collaborator in science.

  • Susan and I love to cook and, when there isn't a pandemic, we typically have students over to our house for dinner on an almost weekly basis.

  • I play trombone and tuba, and played in the Duke Pep Band at basketball games for about 10 years, while I was also serving as dean and vice provost for undergraduate education.

  • I juggle flaming clubs and I believe I can teach anyone to juggle.