|The Nowicki Lab at Duke University|
Bass Fellow and Professor
Steve's research explores proximate mechanisms underlying the evolution of behavior. He is especially interested in the structure, function, and evolution of animal communication systems, using bird song as a model system.
Susan is an expert in the area of bird song learning and development. Her current research addresses questions about the functions of song in adult birds and the effects of song development particularly in different environmental conditions on these functions.
Jill's research is focused on comparative study of bird song learning, particularly its mechanisms and functional consequences. Before coming to Duke, she was Curator of the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at The Ohio State University.
Eleanor is bringing her expertise in visual ecology to the lab's investigation of color perception in zebra finches. Learn more about Eleanor here.
Patrick is interested in animal signalling and sensory systems and is working in the Nowicki lab on categorical perception research. Learn more about Patrick here.
Graduate Student Affiliate
Matthew (Alberts Lab) is broadly interested in animal social behaviors, including signalling and information extraction. He is collaborating with the Nowicki lab to investigate categorical perception of visual signals.
Katja is a junior studying Biology and German with hopes of pursuing graduate school in ecology and animal behavior. When she's not singing and scrubbing cages with the sparrows, she enjoys playing on the Duke Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and exploring the great outdoors.
|Research Project||Current Position|
|Rindy Anderson Postdoc/RS 2007-2014||Signal reliability & female song preferences||Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University|
|Barbara Ballentine PhD 2006||Vocal performance and mate choice||Associate Professor, Western Carolina University|
|Martin Beebee PhD 2003||Sexual selection on multiple song types||Martin Beebee Photography, Colorado Springs, CO|
|Elizabeth Derryberry PhD 2007||Mechanisms of song evolution||Assistant Professor, Tulane University|
|Renee Duckworth PhD 2006||Plasticity in reproductive investment & behavior||Associate Professor, University of Arizona|
|Bill Hoese PhD 1998||Functional morphology of bird jaws||Professor, Cal State Fullerton|
|Melissa Hughes Postdoc 1994-96||Signal form and function||Professor, College of Charleston|
|Jeremy Hyman Postdoc 2001-06||Individual variation in aggression in birds||Associate Professor, Western Carolina University|
|Silke Kipper Postdoc 2004-05||Mate choice mechanisms in birds||Senior Researcher, Technische Universität München|
|Casey Klofstad Associate 2013-14||Human Social and Political Behavior||Associate Professor, University of Miami|
|Rob Lachlan Postdoc 2010-2013||Cultural evolution of bird song||Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London|
|Irene Liu PhD/Postdoc 2008-2016||Evolution of mating systems||Associate Producer, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology|
|Bernie Lohr PhD 1995||Song production & perception||Associate Professor, University of MD, Baltimore County|
|Sheila Patek PhD 2001||Physics & evolution: animal fast movements||Associate Professor, Duke University|
|Jeff Podos PhD 1996||Mechanisms & evolution of vertebrate behavior||Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Denise Pope PhD 1998||Evolution of exaggerated & costly displays||Program Coordinator, CIRTL|
|Jonathan Prather Postdoc 2005-08||Neural mechanisms of behavior||Associate Professor, University of Wyoming|
|Kimberly Rosvall PhD 2009||The evolution of female aggression||Assistant Professor, Indiana University|
|John Rowden PhD 1996||Evolution of Australian parrot display behavior||Director, Community Conservation, Audubon Society|
|Kendra Sewall Postdoc 2010-12||Behavioral plasticity & neural mechanisms||Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech|
|Christopher Sturdy Postdoc 2000-01||Neuroethology of bird song||Professor, University of Alberta|
|Mark Westneat Postdoc 1991-92||Systematics, biomechanics & biodiversity||Professor, University of Chicago|
|Stacey Weiss PhD 1999||Reproductive behavior & animal communication||Professor, University of Puget Sound|
|Tammy Windfelder PhD 1997||Primate communication & social behavior||Associate Professor, Drew University|
Department of Biology
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Lab phone: 919-684-6950