My research aims to understand the role of social learning/ cultural evolution in shaping animal vocal signals at both ecological and evolutionary time frames. I am also interested in how social learning is modulated by other evolutionary factors and the possible macro-evolutionary consequences of these processes. I tackle these questions by studying the communication systems of neotropical taxa, making use of 'single species' behavioral studies, comparative phylogenetic methods and cutting-edge acoustic analyses.
I am also deeply involved in the development of computational tools for bioacoustic analyses. Grace Smith-Vidaurre and I have created the R package warbleR that provides functions to streamline high-throughput acoustic analysis of animal sounds. I also made available two R packages, Rraven and NatureSounds, that aim to simplify the use of R for bioacoustic research. More recently I released the R package baRulho to quantify acoustic signal transmission and degradation. New functions as well as other more elaborated analyses are detailed in my blog Bioacoustics in R.
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