As organismal biologists, we’re interested in getting to know animals & allowing them to suggest appropriate research questions*. We use field & laboratory experiments, physiological manipulations, physical modeling, & molecular neurobiology to explore wild rodents from proximate & ultimate perspectives. Current studies focus on acoustic communication & species interactions in Neotropical singing mice (Scotinomys) in montane cloud forests, & grasshopper mice (Onychomys) in the desert Southwest. Please see the links below (*to be added soon) to learn more about these animals & current research directions.
*inspirational papers that advocate this philosophy.
West-Eberhard, Mary Jane. 2001. The importance of taxon-centered research in biology. In: Ryan, Michael J., Anuran Communication. Smithsonian Institution Press.
Greene, Harry. 2005. Organisms in nature as a central focus for biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:23-27. link