Bachelor, Reed College, 1974. Postgraduate, Princeton University, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, University Washington, 1983.
Research assistant Neurological Science Institute, Portland, Oregon, 1974-1975. Lab instructor Reed College, 1977-1979. Reseach associate University Washington, Seattle, 1983-1984.
Research fellow department zoology University Cambridge, England, 1984-1986. Assistant professor biology University Oregon, 1986-1992, associate professor, since 1992.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society Neurosci., American Society Zoologists.
Married Tasker L. Houston, June 18, 1978. Children: Rachel, Rebecca, Lucas.