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

Egolf, D. A., and H. S. Greenside. “Stochastic to deterministic crossover of fractal dimensions for a Langevin equation.Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics, vol. 47, no. 5, May 1993, pp. 3753–56. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.47.3753. Full Text

Greenside, H. S. “Recent advances in chaos theory.” International Conference on Fuzzy Theory and Technology Proceedings, Abstracts and Summaries, Dec. 1992.

Greis, N. P., and H. S. Greenside. “Implication of a power-law power-spectrum for self-affinity.Physical Review. A, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, vol. 44, no. 4, Aug. 1991, pp. 2324–34. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreva.44.2324. Full Text

Reiman, A. H., and H. S. Greenside. “Computation of zero β three-dimensional equilibria with magnetic islands.” Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 87, no. 2, Jan. 1990, pp. 349–65. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0021-9991(90)90257-2. Full Text

Greenside, H. S. “Comments on a recent paper by W. Zijl.” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, vol. 9, no. 10, Jan. 1989, pp. 1302–04. Scopus, doi:10.1002/fld.1650091010. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., et al. “Convergence properties of a nonvariational 3D MHD equilibrium code.” Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 81, no. 1, Jan. 1989, pp. 102–36. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0021-9991(89)90066-1. Full Text

Greenside, H. S., et al. “Mean flows and the onset of chaos in large-cell convection.Physical Review Letters, vol. 60, no. 22, May 1988, pp. 2269–72. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.60.2269. Full Text

Reiman, A. H., and H. S. Greenside. “Numerical solution of three-dimensional magnetic differential equations.” Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 75, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 423–43. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0021-9991(88)90121-0. Full Text

Zweben, S. J., et al. “Edge turbulence measurements in TFTR.” Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 145–147, no. C, Feb. 1987, pp. 250–54. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0022-3115(87)90337-0. Full Text

Cross, M. C., et al. “Wave-number selection and persistent dynamics in models of convection.” Physica D, vol. 23, no. 1–3, Dec. 1986, pp. 12–18.