I use a multidisciplinary approach to explore key questions in evolution, behavior and sensory ecology, with a focus on visual communication and signaling in birds. My research topics include avian color vision and plumage evolution, brood parasitism and coevolution, mimicry and camouflage, and individual recognition. I also have a deep interest in the relationship between the structure and function of phenotypic traits, which I investigate currently in avian eggshells. My work incorporates techniques from computer science, optics, physiology, mechanical engineering and comparative genomics. This research combines experiments in the lab and field (currently at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory) with studies based in museum collections.
Faculty Assistant: Sandra Kaiser