The Keck Center places a strong emphasis on the use of model organisms and integrative studies that combine molecular, genetic, neurobiological, physiological and organismal approaches. Major areas of research represented in the Keck Center include:
- Understanding the genetic basis of complex behaviors and how the genome and environment interact to shape the behavior.
- Understanding how the nervous system and endocrine system interact to drive behaviors.
- Understanding the relationship between the genome and the nervous system in determining the manifestation of behaviors.
- Understanding how behaviors evolve and how in turn behaviors influence evolution.
- Understanding how organisms interact with their environment and how habitat conditions and changes in habitat affect populations.