Function of song repertoires in Yellow-throated Vireos, including field work in Costa Rica on song variation in woodcreepers and song-sharing in White-breasted Wood-Wrens; comparative analyses of song repertoires in varied avian taxa.
Function of song repertoires and extended song learning in Red-eyed Vireos; comparative analyses of the evolution of song repertoire size in the genus Vireo.
Years at Knox: 2001 to present
Ph.D., Biology, 1994, McGill University.
M.S., Biology, 1982, Queen's University.
B.S., Zoology, 1982, University of Guelph-Ontario.
Populations, vertebrate anatomy, behavioral ecology.
Franklin & Marshall Faculty Research Grant-Song Variation in Woodcreepers, 2000.
Hackman Fellowships for undergraduate research assistants, 1999, 2000.
"In the eye of the beholder: visual mate choice lateralization in a polymorphic songbird." Jennifer J. Templeton, D. James Mountjoy, Sarah R. Pryke and Simon C. Griffith. Royal Society's Biology Letters, online, doi: 10.1098 (2012).
"Family Bombycillidae (Waxwings)." Edited by J. In del Hoyo, A. Elliott and D.A. Christie. Handbook of the Birds of the World 10 (2005).
"Diving ducks: A field study of benthic and piscivorous foragers." Co-authored with Jennifer J. Templeton. Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field. Edited by B.J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa, Academic Press. In press.
"Vireo song repertoires and migratory distance: three sexual selection hypotheses fail to explain the correlation." Co-authored with Daniel W. Leger. Behavioral Ecology 12 (2001): 98-102.
"Rapid Repertoire Turnover in Red-eyed Vireos." Paper, with Scholl, Jacob D., and Badger, E. Laine. Annual meeting of the Association of Field Orinthologists, Ogden, Utah, 2010.
"Old Birds, New Tricks? Song Complexity and Song Learning in Passerine Birds." Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 2010.
"Song Repertoires and Singing Patterns in the Red-Eyed Vireo, Vireo olivaceus." With D. Racke, Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, Utah.
"Song as a Quality Indicator in Indigo Buntings." With J. Wilcox and J. MacDonald, International Behavioural Ecology Congress, Tours, France.
"The Evolution of Complexity in Bird Song." Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, International Society for Behavioral Ecology.
Member, Animal Behavior Society.
Member, American Ornithologists' Union.
Reviewer, Behavioral Ecology.
Reviewer, Animal Behavior.
Reviewer, The Auk.
Reviewer, Journal of Avian Biology.
Reviewer, Bird Behavior.
Reviewer, The Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Holder, Master-personal bird-banding permits.
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."