Leslie Phillmore

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator (Winter 2018/19)

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Email: Leslie.Phillmore@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-2794
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Room 3338, 1355 Oxford Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Songbirds
  • Perception
  • Neurogenesis
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Seasonality


PDF (University of Western Ontario)
MA/PhD (Queens University)
BA (Huron College, University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests

Songbirds have considerable “neural real estate” dedicated to the complex behaviours of song learning, perception, and production. We study perception and immediate-early gene response in perceptual regions, environmental factors that affect neurogenesis, and how stress affects song learning and brain development in male and female zebra finches.

Selected Publications

•Roach SP, Johnson, L, Phillmore LS. (2012). Repertoire composition and singing behaviour in two eastern populations of the Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus). Bioacoustics, 21, 239-252. [0]
•Phillmore LS, Veysey AS, Roach SP. (2011). Zenk expression in auditory region changes with breeding condition in male Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Behav Brain Res, 225, 464-472. [0]
•Hernandez AM, Phillmore LS, MacDougall-Shackleton SA. (2008). Effects of learning on song preferences and Zenk expression in female songbirds. Behav Process, 77, 278-284. [6]
•Phillmore LS. (2008). Discrimination: from behaviour to brain. Behav Process, 77, 285-297. [3]

Awards and Honours

Professor of the Year in Neuroscience (awarded by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society)