The Nowicki Lab at Duke University

 

   

Steve Nowicki

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. Steve is also Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke.

Susan Peters

Research Associate

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 Soha

Associate Scholar

Jill is interested in all aspects of animal communication. Before coming to Duke, she was Curator of the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at OSU. Her research centers on comparative study of the mechanisms and functional consequences of bird song learning.

Eleanor Caves

Graduate Student Affiliate

Eleanor (Johnsen Lab) is bringing her expertise in visual ecology to a collaboration with the Nowicki lab investigating color perception in zebra finches. Learn more about Eleanor here.

Patrick Green

Graduate Student Affiliate

Patrick (Patek Lab) is interested in animal signalling and sensory systems and is working with the Nowicki lab on categorical perception research. Learn more about Patrick here.

Matthew Zipple

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.


Lab Alumni
  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 Assistant 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 Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Bill Hoese – PhD 1998 Functional morphology of bird jaws Assistant 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 Assistant Professor, Free University, Berlin
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 Visiting Scientist, Queen Mary University of London
Irene Liu – PhD/Postdoc 2008-2016 Evolution of mating systems Postdoc, University of Maryland, College Park
Bernie Lohr – PhD 1995 Song production & perception Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 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 Visiting Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College
Jonathan Prather – Postdoc 2005-08 Neural mechanisms of behavior Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Kimberly Rosvall – PhD 2009 The evolution of female aggression Assistant Research Scientist, Indiana University
John Rowden – PhD 1996 Evolution of Australian parrot display behavior Associate Director for Outreach, NYC Audubon
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 Curator & Chair of Zoology, Field Museum 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

Nowicki Lab
Department of Biology
Box 90338, Duke University
Durham, NC  27708-0338  USA
Lab phone: 919-660-0927 or 919-684-6950
Office of Undergraduate Education: 919-668-3420
Fax: 919-660-7293
Email: snowicki@duke.edu