Kelly Ronald gets the prestigious Allee Award
Kelly Ronald — former Ph.D. student in our Department - was awarded the Walter Clyde Allee Award at the 2017 Animal Behavior Society meeting. This is an award instituted by the society in 1973 to celebrate the best animal behavior study by a graduate student in a juried competition. A total of 25 students applied for the competition this year, an unusually large number. Kelly's work was deemed the best of all applicants. Kelly’s presentation was entitled "Is mate choice in the eye and ear of the beholder? Multimodal sensory configuration shapes mating preferences". Kelly’s Ph.D. was co-advised by Professors Jeff Lucas and Esteban Fernandez-Juricic and was the first study in birds to look at the relationship between the configuration of the sensory systems in female birds and their mate choice.