My research involves multimodal sexual selection, acoustic divergence, and speciation. Currently my focus is characterizing variation in feather ornaments and song resulting from different targets of sexual selection across populations of the barn swallow. Additionally, I am studying the function of male trill rate and female vocalizations in barn swallow communication.
May 16, 2013
- Our field season website is up! Check it out at barnswallowproject.com
May 15, 2013
- Dr. Liz Scordato and I just arrived in Moscow, Russia! We will be doing a transect across Siberia for the next 2 1/2 months, taking blood, morphological and feather samples, as well as song recordings from three different barn swallow species (Hirundo rustica rustica, H. r. tytleri, and H. r. gutturalis).
Mar 30, 2013
- I will be presenting a talk at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, hosted at home by CU Boulder July 28-August 1.
Feb 20, 2013
- I will be presenting my recent work on multimodal signaling in barn swallow sexual selection and communication at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium at Colorado State.
Nov 9, 2012
- My first dissertation chapter, "Evolutionary divergence in acoustic signals: causes and consequences" is now online at Trends in Ecology and Evolution.