Advisor: Mike Webster
Start Date: Fall 2009
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Mike Webster's lab. I am generally
interested in how social and physical contexts affect the signal
structure and signaling behavior of birds. I have recently worked with
Pete Marra at the Smithsonian Institution on a project that 1.
investigates how animal signals are modified as they propagate through
different environments and 2. describes how bird songs vary with urban
development, anthropogenic noise and social structure. With the
Webster lab, I am currently pursuing a project that investigates the
function of song chorusing behavior in different social contexts in
cooperatively-breeding birds in Australia. Specifically, I am
interested in how signal structure and chorusing behavior differ in
contexts where interests of signalers are aligned versus misaligned.