My research involves multimodal sexual selection, acoustic divergence, and speciation. For my PhD, I studied barn swallows in North America, Europe, and Asia to quantify variation in feather ornaments and song resulting from different targets of sexual selection across populations. My current work, in the labs of Drs. Dai Shizuka and Eileen Hebets at the University of Nebraska, will determine which acoustic and visual signals predict success in competitive versus mating contexts across different species of Schizocosa wolf spiders. We are employing network methods to visualize and analyze the complex phenotypic data generated from these studies.


Oct 4, 2015
Oct 2, 2015

Sep 3, 2015
  • My paper "Multimodal signaling in the North American barn swallow: A phenotype network approach" was just accepted at Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences!! This is the first empirical chapter to come from my PhD research--it's been a long road, but I'm super proud of the manuscript my coauthors and I put together!

Aug 6, 2015
  • Just got back from the first OTS course on Science Communication at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica! Check out our film, print, and radio projects here (click the menu button at upper right for the other projects): 

May 15, 2015
  • I've been selected to present in the Warder Clyde Allee Competition at the Animal Behaviour Society Meeting in Anchorage!

March 26, 2015
  • Spider trials are done! I recorded competitive and mating interactions for 50 sets of spiders of both species of wolf spiders we captured in Florida! analyze the data!
January 8, 2015
  • I returned from a sampling trip with other Hebets Lab members, along with ~400 individuals for both Schizocosa floridana and S. crassipes. I'll be raising these little guys to maturity in order to run experiments to determine which traits are important for predicting competitive vs mating success.
November 4, 2014
  • I just created a store at Society Six for some of my photos! You can get prints, mugs, shirts, laptop covers etc. 

September 24, 2014
  • I will present my work on multimodal sexual signaling in North American barn swallows at the AOU/COS/SCO Joint Ornithological Conference at Estes Park: Session C15B, Wed 10am, at Longs Peak-Granite Pass

June 22, 2014
  • I will be presenting my work on contributions of intra- and intersexual selection to signal evolution in North American barn swallows at the Evolution Meeting in Durham, NC.
June 6, 2014
  • I was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I will begin this post in August to study the evolution of sexual signaling in Schizocosa wolf spiders with Drs. Dai Shizuka and Eileen Hebets!
May 8, 2014
  • I was hooded by my advisor at the graduation ceremony. Yeah!
April 14, 2014
  • I defended my dissertation today. I'm now pretty much a doctor (barring a little paperwork). Woot!
May 16, 2013
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 rusticaH. 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