Daniel Margoliash

Research Summary
Neuroethology investigates nervous system function by relating it to innate and learned natural behaviors. It is distinguished from traditional neurobiology and psychology by being fundamentally centered in evolutionary biology, and by examining behavioral specialization across the breadth of the animal kingdom. We study multiple facets of birdsong learning, from cellular to behavioral levels of analysis, taking the neuroethological perspective.
Behavior, Development, Systems, Circuits, Cellular
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, B.Sc. Biology 1975
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, M.Sc. BioInformation Systems 1981
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Ph.D. Engineerg Science and Neurobiology; Birdsong electrophysiology 1983
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Postdoc Bat auditory cortex 1986
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
  1. Daou A, Margoliash D. Intrinsic plasticity and birdsong learning. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2021 04; 180:107407. View in: PubMed

  2. Canavan SV, Margoliash D. Budgerigars have complex sleep structure similar to that of mammals. PLoS Biol. 2020 11; 18(11):e3000929. View in: PubMed

  3. Margoliash D. Rhythm: Similar Structure in Birdsong and Music Gives Neuroethological Insight. Curr Biol. 2020 09 21; 30(18):R1056-R1058. View in: PubMed

  4. Daou A, Margoliash D. Intrinsic neuronal properties represent song and error in zebra finch vocal learning. Nat Commun. 2020 02 19; 11(1):952. View in: PubMed

  5. Brawn TP, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Sleep-dependent reconsolidation after memory destabilization in starlings. Nat Commun. 2018 08 06; 9(1):3093. View in: PubMed

  6. Brawn TP, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Differential development of retroactive and proactive interference during post-learning wakefulness. Learn Mem. 2018 07; 25(7):325-329. View in: PubMed

  7. Abarbanel HDI, Shirman S, Breen D, Kadakia N, Rey D, Armstrong E, Margoliash D. Response to "Comment on 'A unifying view of synchronization for data assimilation in complex nonlinear networks'" [Chaos 28, 028101 (2018)]. Chaos. 2018 02; 28(2):028102. View in: PubMed

  8. Abarbanel HDI, Shirman S, Breen D, Kadakia N, Rey D, Armstrong E, Margoliash D. A unifying view of synchronization for data assimilation in complex nonlinear networks. Chaos. 2017 Dec; 27(12):126802. View in: PubMed

  9. Kadakia N, Armstrong E, Breen D, Morone U, Daou A, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Nonlinear statistical data assimilation for HVC[Formula: see text] neurons in the avian song system. Biol Cybern. 2016 12; 110(6):417-434. View in: PubMed

  10. Nogaret A, Meliza CD, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Automatic Construction of Predictive Neuron Models through Large Scale Assimilation of Electrophysiological Data. Sci Rep. 2016 09 08; 6:32749. View in: PubMed

  11. Boari S, Perl YS, Amador A, Margoliash D, Mindlin GB. Automatic reconstruction of physiological gestures used in a model of birdsong production. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Nov; 114(5):2912-22. View in: PubMed

  12. Fukushima M, Rauske PL, Margoliash D. Temporal and rate code analysis of responses to low-frequency components in the bird's own song by song system neurons. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2015 Dec; 201(12):1103-14. View in: PubMed

  13. Margoliash D, Tchernichovski O. DEVELOPMENT. Marmoset kids actually listen. Science. 2015 Aug 14; 349(6249):688-9. View in: PubMed

  14. Fukushima M, Margoliash D. The effects of delayed auditory feedback revealed by bone conduction microphone in adult zebra finches. Sci Rep. 2015 Mar 05; 5:8800. View in: PubMed

  15. Brawn TP, Margoliash D. A Bird's Eye View of Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2015; 25:207-37. View in: PubMed

  16. Meliza CD, Kostuk M, Huang H, Nogaret A, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Estimating parameters and predicting membrane voltages with conductance-based neuron models. Biol Cybern. 2014 Aug; 108(4):495-516. View in: PubMed

  17. Knowlton C, Meliza CD, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Dynamical estimation of neuron and network properties III: network analysis using neuron spike times. Biol Cybern. 2014 Jun; 108(3):261-73. View in: PubMed

  18. Amador A, Margoliash D. A mechanism for frequency modulation in songbirds shared with humans. J Neurosci. 2013 Jul 03; 33(27):11136-44. View in: PubMed

  19. Fenn KM, Margoliash D, Nusbaum HC. Sleep restores loss of generalized but not rote learning of synthetic speech. Cognition. 2013 Sep; 128(3):280-6. View in: PubMed

  20. Amador A, Perl YS, Mindlin GB, Margoliash D. Elemental gesture dynamics are encoded by song premotor cortical neurons. Nature. 2013 Mar 07; 495(7439):59-64. View in: PubMed

  21. Brawn TP, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Sleep consolidation of interfering auditory memories in starlings. Psychol Sci. 2013 Apr; 24(4):439-47. View in: PubMed

  22. Meliza CD, Margoliash D. Emergence of selectivity and tolerance in the avian auditory cortex. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct 24; 32(43):15158-68. View in: PubMed

  23. Adret P, Meliza CD, Margoliash D. Song tutoring in presinging zebra finch juveniles biases a small population of higher-order song-selective neurons toward the tutor song. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Oct; 108(7):1977-87. View in: PubMed

  24. Kostuk M, Toth BA, Meliza CD, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Dynamical estimation of neuron and network properties II: Path integral Monte Carlo methods. Biol Cybern. 2012 Mar; 106(3):155-67. View in: PubMed

  25. Toth BA, Kostuk M, Meliza CD, Margoliash D, Abarbanel HD. Dynamical estimation of neuron and network properties I: variational methods. Biol Cybern. 2011 Oct; 105(3-4):217-37. View in: PubMed

  26. Bloomfield TC, Gentner TQ, Margoliash D. What birds have to say about language. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Jul 26; 14(8):947-8. View in: PubMed

  27. Margoliash D. Sleep, learning, and birdsong. ILAR J. 2010; 51(4):378-86. View in: PubMed

  28. Margoliash D, van Drongelen W, Kohrman M. Introducing songbirds as a model system for epilepsy research. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2010 Dec; 27(6):433-7. View in: PubMed

  29. Brawn TP, Fenn KM, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Consolidating the effects of waking and sleep on motor-sequence learning. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 20; 30(42):13977-82. View in: PubMed

  30. Gentner TQ, Fenn K, Margoliash D, Nusbaum H. Simple stimuli, simple strategies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Apr 20; 107(16):E65; author reply E66-7. View in: PubMed

  31. Rauske PL, Chi Z, Dave AS, Margoliash D. Neuronal stability and drift across periods of sleep: premotor activity patterns in a vocal control nucleus of adult zebra finches. J Neurosci. 2010 Feb 17; 30(7):2783-94. View in: PubMed

  32. Brawn TP, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Sleep-dependent consolidation of auditory discrimination learning in adult starlings. J Neurosci. 2010 Jan 13; 30(2):609-13. View in: PubMed

  33. Meliza CD, Chi Z, Margoliash D. Representations of conspecific song by starling secondary forebrain auditory neurons: toward a hierarchical framework. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Mar; 103(3):1195-208. View in: PubMed

  34. Shea SD, Koch H, Baleckaitis D, Ramirez JM, Margoliash D. Neuron-specific cholinergic modulation of a forebrain song control nucleus. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Feb; 103(2):733-45. View in: PubMed

  35. Margoliash D, Schmidt MF. Sleep, off-line processing, and vocal learning. Brain Lang. 2010 Oct; 115(1):45-58. View in: PubMed

  36. Margoliash D, Nusbaum HC. Language: the perspective from organismal biology. Trends Cogn Sci. 2009 Dec; 13(12):505-10. View in: PubMed

  37. Shea SD, Margoliash D. Behavioral state-dependent reconfiguration of song-related network activity and cholinergic systems. J Chem Neuroanat. 2010 Mar; 39(2):132-40. View in: PubMed

  38. Fenn KM, Gallo DA, Margoliash D, Roediger HL, Nusbaum HC. Reduced false memory after sleep. Learn Mem. 2009 Sep; 16(9):509-13. View in: PubMed

  39. Shank SS, Margoliash D. Sleep and sensorimotor integration during early vocal learning in a songbird. Nature. 2009 Mar 05; 458(7234):73-7. View in: PubMed

  40. Brawn TP, Fenn KM, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Consolidation of sensorimotor learning during sleep. Learn Mem. 2008 Nov; 15(11):815-9. View in: PubMed

  41. Margoliash D, Hale ME. Neuroscience. Vertebrate vocalizations. Science. 2008 Jul 18; 321(5887):347-8. View in: PubMed

  42. Low PS, Shank SS, Sejnowski TJ, Margoliash D. Mammalian-like features of sleep structure in zebra finches. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jul 01; 105(26):9081-6. View in: PubMed

  43. Hu Z, Troyk PR, Brawn TP, Margoliash D, Cogan SF. In vitro and in vivo charge capacity of AIROF microelectrodes. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006; 2006:886-9. View in: PubMed

  44. Chi Z, Wu W, Haga Z, Hatsopoulos NG, Margoliash D. Template-based spike pattern identification with linear convolution and dynamic time warping. J Neurophysiol. 2007 Feb; 97(2):1221-35. View in: PubMed

  45. Gentner TQ, Fenn KM, Margoliash D, Nusbaum HC. Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds. Nature. 2006 Apr 27; 440(7088):1204-7. View in: PubMed

  46. Margoliash D, Konishi M. Auditory representation of autogenous song in the song system of white-crowned sparrows. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1985 Sep; 82(17):5997-6000. View in: PubMed

  47. Margoliash D. Song learning and sleep. Nat Neurosci. 2005 May; 8(5):546-8. View in: PubMed

  48. Margoliash D. Behavioural biology: name that tune. Nature. 2004 Dec 09; 432(7018):682-3. View in: PubMed

  49. Shea SD, Margoliash D. Basal forebrain cholinergic modulation of auditory activity in the zebra finch song system. Neuron. 2003 Dec 18; 40(6):1213-26. View in: PubMed

  50. Fenn KM, Nusbaum HC, Margoliash D. Consolidation during sleep of perceptual learning of spoken language. Nature. 2003 Oct 09; 425(6958):614-6. View in: PubMed

  51. Chi Z, Rauske PL, Margoliash D. Pattern filtering for detection of neural activity, with examples from HVc activity during sleep in zebra finches. Neural Comput. 2003 Oct; 15(10):2307-37. View in: PubMed

  52. Gentner TQ, Margoliash D. Neuronal populations and single cells representing learned auditory objects. Nature. 2003 Aug 07; 424(6949):669-74. View in: PubMed

  53. Rauske PL, Shea SD, Margoliash D. State and neuronal class-dependent reconfiguration in the avian song system. J Neurophysiol. 2003 Mar; 89(3):1688-701. View in: PubMed

  54. Suthers RA, Margoliash D. Motor control of birdsong. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2002 Dec; 12(6):684-90. View in: PubMed

  55. Margoliash D. Evaluating theories of bird song learning: implications for future directions. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2002 Dec; 188(11-12):851-66. View in: PubMed

  56. Adret P, Margoliash D. Metabolic and neural activity in the song system nucleus robustus archistriatalis: effect of age and gender. J Comp Neurol. 2002 Dec 23; 454(4):409-23. View in: PubMed

  57. Chi Z, Margoliash D. Temporal precision and temporal drift in brain and behavior of zebra finch song. Neuron. 2001 Dec 06; 32(5):899-910. View in: PubMed

  58. Margoliash D. Do sleeping birds sing? Population coding and learning in the bird song system. Prog Brain Res. 2001; 130:319-31. View in: PubMed

  59. Margoliash D. Neuroscience. The song does not remain the same. Science. 2001 Mar 30; 291(5513):2559-61. View in: PubMed

  60. Dave AS, Margoliash D. Song replay during sleep and computational rules for sensorimotor vocal learning. Science. 2000 Oct 27; 290(5492):812-6. View in: PubMed

  61. Janata P, Margoliash D. Gradual emergence of song selectivity in sensorimotor structures of the male zebra finch song system. J Neurosci. 1999 Jun 15; 19(12):5108-18. View in: PubMed

  62. Dave AS, Yu AC, Margoliash D. Behavioral state modulation of auditory activity in a vocal motor system. Science. 1998 Dec 18; 282(5397):2250-4. View in: PubMed

  63. Kogan JA, Margoliash D. Automated recognition of bird song elements from continuous recordings using dynamic time warping and hidden Markov models: a comparative study. J Acoust Soc Am. 1998 Apr; 103(4):2185-96. View in: PubMed

  64. Margoliash D. Distributed time-domain representations in the birdsong system. Neuron. 1997 Nov; 19(5):963-6. View in: PubMed

  65. Margoliash D. Functional organization of forebrain pathways for song production and perception. J Neurobiol. 1997 Nov; 33(5):671-93. View in: PubMed

  66. Brenowitz EA, Margoliash D, Nordeen KW. An introduction to birdsong and the avian song system. J Neurobiol. 1997 Nov; 33(5):495-500. View in: PubMed

  67. Yu AC, Margoliash D. Temporal hierarchical control of singing in birds. Science. 1996 Sep 27; 273(5283):1871-5. View in: PubMed

  68. Anderson SE, Dave AS, Margoliash D. Template-based automatic recognition of birdsong syllables from continuous recordings. J Acoust Soc Am. 1996 Aug; 100(2 Pt 1):1209-19. View in: PubMed

  69. Fortune ES, Margoliash D. Parallel pathways and convergence onto HVc and adjacent neostriatum of adult zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). J Comp Neurol. 1995 Sep 25; 360(3):413-41. View in: PubMed

  70. Bankes SC, Margoliash D. Parametric modeling of the temporal dynamics of neuronal responses using connectionist architectures. J Neurophysiol. 1993 Mar; 69(3):980-91. View in: PubMed

  71. Sutter ML, Margoliash D. Global synchronous response to autogenous song in zebra finch HVc. J Neurophysiol. 1994 Nov; 72(5):2105-23. View in: PubMed

  72. Margoliash D, Fortune ES, Sutter ML, Yu AC, Wren-Hardin BD, Dave A. Distributed representation in the song system of oscines: evolutionary implications and functional consequences. Brain Behav Evol. 1994; 44(4-5):247-64. View in: PubMed

  73. Margoliash D. Acoustic parameters underlying the responses of song-specific neurons in the white-crowned sparrow. J Neurosci. 1983 May; 3(5):1039-57. View in: PubMed

  74. Margoliash D. Preference for autogenous song by auditory neurons in a song system nucleus of the white-crowned sparrow. J Neurosci. 1986 Jun; 6(6):1643-61. View in: PubMed

  75. Suga N, Niwa H, Taniguchi I, Margoliash D. The personalized auditory cortex of the mustached bat: adaptation for echolocation. J Neurophysiol. 1987 Oct; 58(4):643-54. View in: PubMed

  76. Kawasaki M, Margoliash D, Suga N. Delay-tuned combination-sensitive neurons in the auditory cortex of the vocalizing mustached bat. J Neurophysiol. 1988 Feb; 59(2):623-35. View in: PubMed

  77. Fortune ES, Margoliash D. Cytoarchitectonic organization and morphology of cells of the field L complex in male zebra finches (Taenopygia guttata). J Comp Neurol. 1992 Nov 15; 325(3):388-404. View in: PubMed

  78. Margoliash D, Fortune ES. Temporal and harmonic combination-sensitive neurons in the zebra finch's HVc. J Neurosci. 1992 Nov; 12(11):4309-26. View in: PubMed