I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University. I am broadly interested in the evolution of behavior from a evolutionary and cultural perspective, as well as the interplay between these two. I worked on hummingbird signaling behavior during my PhD, and also explored the evolution of learned vocal signals in other groups using comparative analyses. my postdoc work focuses on expanding these research avenues by looking at the evolution of learned vocalizations in hummingbirds using phylogenetic comparative methods.
I am also involved in developing computational tools for the analysis of animal vocalizations on the R platform. Grace Smith-Vidaurre and I have made available an R package (warbleR) that provides tools to streamline high-throughput acoustic analysis of animal sounds. New warbleR functions as well as other analyses are detailed in my blog Bioacoustics in R. I have also made the R package Rraven to exchange data between R and Raven sound analysis software.
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