Assistant Professor of Biology Robyn Crook wins NSF CAREER award

Author: Patrick Monahan
June 11, 2021
Brown and white spotted octopus
Photo Credit: Robyn Crook

Robyn Crook didn’t start off loving octopuses. At first, she approached the creatures with the detached fascination of an evolutionary biologist: an interest in how these mollusks, more closely related to oysters than they are to humans, somehow ended up with incredibly complex brains. They won her over eventually, though.

Now the San Francisco State University assistant professor of Biology has won a $675,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to open a new frontier in the study of cephalopods — a group that includes octopuses, squids and cuttlefish — and to see what their minds can teach us about our own.

Read more about Crook's work on the SF State News Site.