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LILY G-347

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“In our research group, our interests lie at the interface between behavior, evolution and ecology. We focus on understanding two related, but different ecological topics: i) how natural enemies shape animal communication systems, and ii) how novel, anthropogenic enemies affect those communication systems and, more generally, the distribution and abundance of species. We investigate anurans (frogs and toads) that provide ideal opportunities to understand these phenomena. Due to their highly vocal behavior, and their central role in trophic networks, they are at the core of many communication networks where eavesdropping predators are common. Frogs and the enemies that exploit their signals thus provide a robust, tractable system to address questions about signal function and evolution. In addition, anurans are the taxonomic group with the highest proportion of species threatened with extinction. We thus aim to understand their responses to novel, anthropogenic challenges such as traffic noise, habitat fragmentation and introduction to new locations. Learn more about our current work at our lab’s website: We are also committed to broadening participation in science. We are involved in developing and supporting efforts to increased participation of scientists from historically marginalized groups. We actively support undergraduate and graduate education efforts to promote inclusion and equity. Our lab is an inclusive, diverse environment where we are all appreciated and given a chance to fully participate as our authentic selves.”

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