Scorpion Lab News


Alby presents at the 2020 AAS virtual conference.

[June 29, 2020]

Alby did a great job showing off his scorpion navigation algorithm to the crowd at the virtual conference of the American Arachnological Society.

Alby kicks off his virtual show at AAS 2020.

Tanner, Alby, and Drew are now OU graduates!

[May 8, 2020]

Congratulations to Tanner Ortery, Alby Musaelian, and Drew Doak on their recent graduation from OU. All three are off to do great things and we will miss them very much!


Safra and Drew present at URD 2020 Online

Safra and Drew presented summaries of their research at the OU Undergraduate Research Day, which was moved to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find their talks here:Safra: Analysis of Synaptic Integration in Peg Sensilla of Scorpion Pectines.

Safra: Analysis of Synaptic Integration in Peg Sensilla of Scorpion Pectines.

Drew: Investigating Path Integration in the Desert Grassland Scorpion (Paruroctonus utahensis).


Alby and Sara win awards at URD 2019

Alby Musaelian won a grand prize for his talk “Computational Exploration of the Feasibility of the Navigation-By-Scene-Familiarity Hypothesis.” Sara Kelley earned an honorable mention for her talk “Do Inhibitory Neurons Function as Governors in Scorpion Peg Sensilla?”


Sara, Kristen, and Alby presented their work at URD 2019

[April 6, 2019]

Members of the scorpion lab imitate their favorite animal at URD 2019. L-R: Doug Gaffin, Sara Kelley, Kristen Speer, Alby Musalian.


Doug and Marielle hosted an alumni trip to Ecuador, Peru and the Galapagos Islands

[August 15, 2018]

Doug and Marielle just completed a trip to South America where they visited the Amazon, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands!