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Lynch's Ph.D. research built on a tradition of circuit dissection in songbird systems neuroscience in the context of a rich behavior. By studying identified populations of neurons during specific phases of song learning, the songbird field has made significant progress in understanding what each node in this network contributes to the behavior. Lynch hopes to apply this perspective to ‘generalist’ mammals in the context of a similarly rich behavior. With the unprecedented ability to simultaneously record thousands of sites across multiple brain regions, Lynch believes we can make great progress in understanding how circuits within the mammalian brain interact to produce behavior with at least the level of detail that we currently understand circuits within the specialist avian brain.