Boettcher Center West, 2050 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80208
What I do
I lead a research group at the University of Denver conducting basic and applied research to elucidate how animal behavior is shaped by evolution and responds to environmental change.
ecology, evolution, behavior
As a behavioral ecologist, I work to understand how rapidly changing environments alter animal communication, particularly interactions between males and females. Researchers in my animal behavior lab use both insect and fish model systems and are supported by the National Science Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Animal Behavior Society (amongst others). I graduated from the University of Portland with a B.S. in Biology before earning my Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the University of California, where I studied the evolution of animal communication and social interactions. I then completed postdoctoral positions at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU I led a National Science Foundation funded project linking ecology graduate students with K-12 teachers and students to improve the scientists’ teaching and communication skills. The experience ignited a long-lasting passion for science education and science communication.
Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside, 2008
I am an evolutionary and behavioral ecologist. My lab works to understand the forces that shape diversity in animal communication and social systems. Some of our recent work has focused on how global change influences mating behavior and secondary sexual characteristics in natural populations. We use insect and vertebrate model systems and draw on expertise in field and laboratory behavioral studies as well as population genomic tools. Research interests include: sexual selection and mate choice, the evolution of novelty, conflict between natural and sexual selection, parental effects, sexual selection and speciation, experience-mediated phenotypic plasticity, and noise pollution. See our lab website for additional details: https://tinghitellalab.weebly.com. The University of Denver also has an active group of organismal biologists. Learn more about us at: https://dueeb.weebly.com.
Areas of Research
CAREER: Integrating contemporary evolution of animal communication in the field with science communication in our communities
Immune and reproductive costs of human-generated noise
RCN-UBE Incubator: Enhancing Undergraduate Biology Education through