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I am a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist interested in exaggerated traits, animal communication, and trait/signal diversity. I study these topics using animal coloration and behavioral displays as a model in a variety of species, primarily birds, but also spiders and lizards. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow with Stephanie Doucet at the University of Windsor, and I completed my PhD in animal behavior at Arizona State University with Kevin McGraw, where I studied the co-evolution of hummingbird coloration and courtship displays.

I also actively maintain a blog where I discuss my travels, research, and various other topics involving academic life. Please check it out: Thoughts from an academic, amateur naturalist, and adventurer.

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  1. Whoa! This is so cool!! and I’m interested in those kind of things too. Hummingbirds and basically anything to do with animals but this is really awesome and I love your work. Someday hopefully when I get into college, I want to do something similar to what your doing.

  2. Not only is this an aesthetically pleasing page that Richard clearly took the time to construct, but also a fantastic source of information with correlating yet remarkable photos.

  3. Dear Mr. Simpson,
    I enjoyed reading your article on hummingbirds.
    I am very much interested in writing an article on Hummingbirds, in Tamil, south Indian language for children.
    Will it be possible to use your photograph of White-tipped sickle bill hummingbird for my project?
    I am a retired nurse, love photography and birding.
    If you get this mail, please relply.
    Good Luck in your new pursuit.
    Kind Regards,

    • Hi Sarguna,
      Thank you for your kind words, and I am excited to hear more about your article on hummingbirds for children! The photograph of the white-tipped sicklebill from my blog is actually not mine. I borrowed it from another site ( You might be able to use it with permission from them or you could see if wiki commons has a good sicklebill photo. Let me know if you want to use any of my other photos!

      • Dear Richard,
        Thank you for your prompt reply.
        And thank you for your suggestions.
        I will try free google pictures.
        When the publisher accept the booklet , I will try to send a copy.
        Happy Holidays.
        Kind Regards,

  4. Dear Richard,
    Will you please let me know where I could see your other hummingbird pictures?
    Thank you,

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