Welcome to the Webster Lab!
Exploring the ecology, evolution and mechanisms of animal reproductive behavior and sexual signals, and educating others about our natural world and its importance to our daily lives.
We study animal social behavior from an evolutionary perspective, particularly focusing on the processes and outcomes of sexual selection. Our work is integrative, in that we examine issues from both ultimate and proximate perspectives. This research combines intensive fieldwork with genetic, hormonal and other analyses in the lab, to unlock the secret lives of birds and other taxa.
We are part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as well as the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.
We are now looking for field research
assistants to help with our on-going
collaborative research studying warblers at the Hubbard Brook Research Forest in
New Hampshire. For information, click here Cornell undergraduates are especially
encouraged to apply!
New papers! Claire Varian-Ramos has had papers on her fairy-wren work come out
recently in Animal Behavior and the Auk,
and Emma Greig has just had a paper
accepted in Behavioral Ecology.
Several Lab alum have moved recently
new academic positions where they can help shape young minds. Best of luck
to Andrea Townsend (now at UC Davis), Gabe Colbeck (now at Maryville University),
and Suann Yang (now at Presbyterian College).
Research by Jenélle Dowling was recently
highlighted on NPR, and Sara Kaiser’s dissertation work was highlighted in
a recent PBS special.
Research by undergraduates! Kathryn
Grabenstein recently traveled to Australia to participate in our NSF funded IRES
training program, and Shailee Shaw spent
the summer studying gull communication
at Cornell’s Shoals Marine Lab.