B.S., 1996, Cal State Long Beach, Marine Biology
Ph.D., 2005, University of Connecticut, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Animal Behavior, Biostatistics, Evolutionary Biology, and Field Studies in Tropical Biology. For more information visit my course website.
Research Interests and Background
My general interests are in the fields of ecology, evolution, and behavior of animals, with particular emphasis on fish studies. My lab is currently exploring the use of 3D computer animation in fish behavior studies. We are developing computer animated fish models of tropical freshwater fishes to use as stimuli in mate choice studies. We are also working on wood turtle vocalization behavior with Dr. Barry Wicklow.
Past research projects: Major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-based mate choice in Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus), a freshwater sunfish; seasonality of male mate choice in Pumpkinseed; mating preferences in two phenotypes of red-backed salamander; defense strategies of a nudibranch against a fish predator (with Prof. Penney); impacts of vessel traffic on haul out behavior of harbor and grey seals in the southern Gulf of Maine; the evolution of mating signals in a tropical coral reef fish; and annual fecundity of tautog in Long Island Sound. For more information on these projects visit my research website.
Directed Study Projects
Students interested in conducting research in my lab should have a general interest in animal behavior. Studying the behavior of organisms has important implications in the fields of conservation, genetics, ecology, and evolution. For example, increased pollution in clear tropical waters may have a negative impact on species that rely on visual cues for mating, finding food, or avoiding predators. Such changes could favor the evolution of different features better adapted to the new environment, eventually leading to alterations in the genetic makeup of a population. For more information on current research in the lab, previous projects, and student researchers visit my research website.