Henry Greenside

Henry Greenside

Professor of Physics

Professor in Neurobiology (Secondary)

Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Office Location: 
097 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Physics Department, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2548


After working in nonlinear dynamics and nonequilibrium pattern formation for many years, my research group has begun studying problems in theoretical neurobiology in collaboration with Professor Richard Mooney's experimental group on birdsong at Duke University. The main scientific question we are interested in is how songbirds learn to sing their song, which is a leading experimental paradigm for the broader neurobiology question of how animals learn behaviors that involve sequences of time. My group is interested in problems arising at the cellular and network levels (as opposed to behavioral levels). One example is understanding the origin, mechanism, and eventually the purpose of highly sparse high-frequency bursts of spikes that are observed in the nucleus HVC of songbird brains (this is the first place where auditory information seems to be combined with motor information). A second example is to understand how auditory and motor information are combined, e.g., there are data that suggests that the same group of neurons that instruct the respiratory and syringeal muscles to produce song (again in nucleus HVC) are also involved in recognizing song. A third example is trying to understand changes in anatomy (increases in spine stability) that were recently observed in living brain tissue as a bird learns its song.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1981

  • M.A., Princeton University 1977

  • B.A., Harvard University 1974

Reiman, A., and H. Greenside. “Calculation of three-dimensional MHD equilibria with islands and stochastic regions.” Computer Physics Communications, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 1986, pp. 157–67. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0010-4655(86)90059-7. Full Text

Cross, M. C., et al. “Wavebumber selection and persistent dynamics in models of convection.” Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, vol. 23, no. 1–3, Jan. 1986, pp. 12–18. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0167-2789(86)90105-3. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., and M. C. Cross. “Stability analysis of two-dimensional models of three-dimensional convection.Physical Review. A, General Physics, vol. 31, no. 4, Apr. 1985, pp. 2492–501. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreva.31.2492. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., et al. “Depolarization of D-T Plasmas by Recycling in Material Walls.” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films, vol. 2, no. 2, Jan. 1984, pp. 619–29. Scopus, doi:10.1116/1.572456. Full Text

Holland, B., et al. “Cohesive Properties of Ge, Si, and Diamond Calculated with Minimum Basis Sets.” Physica Status Solidi (B), vol. 126, no. 2, Jan. 1984, pp. 511–15. Scopus, doi:10.1002/pssb.2221260210. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., and W. M. Coughran. “Nonlinear pattern formation near the onset of Rayleigh-Bénard convection.” Physical Review A, vol. 30, no. 1, Jan. 1984, pp. 398–428. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.30.398. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., and M. Schlater. “Pseudopotentials for the 3d transition-metal elements.” Physical Review B, vol. 28, no. 2, Jan. 1983, pp. 535–43. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.28.535. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., and M. A. Schlüter. “Pseudopotential calculation of the ground-state properties of ferromagnetic bcc iron.” Physical Review B, vol. 27, no. 5, Jan. 1983, pp. 3111–14. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.27.3111. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., et al. “Impracticality of a box-counting algorithm for calculating the dimensionality of strange attractors.” Physical Review A, vol. 25, no. 6, Jan. 1982, pp. 3453–56. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.25.3453. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., et al. “Nonlinear pattern formation near the onset of Rayleigh-Bénard convection.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 49, no. 10, Jan. 1982, pp. 726–29. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.726. Full Text