Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
Elected IBES Fellow, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I study the evolution of animal communication systems, with a special focus on the ecological and physiological factors that underlie the emergence of novel signals used to help individuals court mates and fight rivals. Most of my work is in birds and frogs, given their spectacular diversity in unusual display behavior. I incorporate techniques and ideas from a wide range of disciples that span multiple facets of biological and environmental science.