About

I am a researcher studying how visual perception and color influences behavior in birds. My current work focuses on offspring recognition in hosts of brood parasites, mate recognition and choice in American robins (Turdus migratorius), and the evolution of plumage sexual dichromatism in Turdus thrushes. Much of my research involves the use of spectroscopy, modeling of avian vision, and using a variety of statistical approaches to answer why animals look and behave the way they do.

Interests

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Visual Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Ornithology
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data Visualization

Education

  • PhD in Evolution, Ecology & Behavior, 2016-Present

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation, 2016

    Hunter College

  • BSc in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, 2013

    University of New Hampshire

Skills

R

Statistics

Spectroscopy

Visual Modeling

Molecular Biology

Teaching

Research Experience

 
 
 
 
 

PhD Candidate

Hauber Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aug 2016 – Present Urbana, Illinois
Thesis Title: Color and Vision in Birds
 
 
 
 
 

MA Animal Behavior & Conservation

Hunter College

Aug 2014 – May 2016 New York, NY
Thesis Title: Investigating the nest sanitation hypothesis in a rejecter species: is sanitation a proximate link, pre-adaptation, or by-product of egg ejection?
 
 
 
 
 

Research Technician

University of Chicago

Feb 2014 – May 2014 Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico
Data Collection: Observed and recorded behavior of free-ranging rhesus macaques
 
 
 
 
 

Research Technician

University of New Hampshire

May 2012 – Aug 2012 New Hampshire
Survey and collection of leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) at farmlands around New Hampshire. Funded by NH Hatch Project-542

Publications

(2020). Visual acuity and egg spatial chromatic contrast predict egg rejection behavior of American robins. J Exp Biol.

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(2020). Can anthophilous hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) discriminate neonicotinoid insecticides in sucrose solution?. PLoS ONE.

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(2019). When are egg-rejection cues perceived? A test using thermochromic eggs in an avian brood parasite host. Anim Cogn.

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(2019). The chemical basis of a signal of individual identity: shell pigment concentrations track the unique appearance of Common Murre eggs.. J R Soc Interface.

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(2019). Interannual repeatability of eggshell phenotype in individual female Common Murres (Uria aalge). Can J Zool.

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(2018). Which egg features predict egg rejection responses in American robins? Replicating Rothstein’s (1982) study. Ecology and Evolution.

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