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Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology

This work centers on the roles of ecology and behavior in rapid evolution. The Tinghitella group works with real organisms in their real habitats and also uses laboratory experimentation, phylogenetics and hormone analyses to understand the forces that shape diversity in animal communication and social systems.

We pose questions that are particularly timely because rampant anthropogenic influences, ranging from unintentional introductions to harvesting and climate change, challenge organisms by changing the ecosystems in which they live. How are these changes accommodated on contemporary timescales?