Welcome!

I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in animal communication, color/behavior evolution, and visual ecology.  My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms, functions, and evolution of coloration, song, and display behaviors and how the environment influences signal diversity. I study these topics in a variety of bird species and other animals, such as spiders, wood warblers, and hummingbirds. 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 a graduate student, amateur naturalist, and adventurer.

4 thoughts on “Welcome!

  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.

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