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University of New Mexico
2010 Uppsala University, Honorary Doctorate
Research Specialization - behavioral ecology, sexual selection.
I am interested in behavioral ecology, the study of the evolution of behavior. My research centers on sexual selection and the effects of parasites on mate choice and the evolution of secondary sex characters. I am also interested more generally in the influence of parasites on host ecology and behavior. Currently, I have two major projects underway. First, I am examining the effects of conflicting selection pressures on song structure in a Pacific field cricket subject to an acoustically-orienting parasitoid fly. Second, I am beginning work on the evolution of disease resistance in the context of sexual selection using a variety of cricket species which differ in male mating effort.
Zuk, M., Rotenberry, J.T., and L.W. Simmons. 1998. Calling songs of field crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus) with and without phonotactic parasitoid infection. Evolution 52:166-171.