Stephen Nowicki, Dean of the Natural Sciences in Arts & Sciences and Bass Professor and Co-Director, Neurosciences
- Contact Info:
Teaching (Spring 2020):
- Biology 89s.03, First-year seminar (top)
- Bio sci 144, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
- Ph.D. Cornell University 1984
- M.S. Tufts University 1978
- B.S. Tufts University 1976
Organismal Biology and Behavior
Ecology and Population Biology
- Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of animal communication
The Nowicki laboratory studies the ecology and
evolution of animal behavior, especially questions about
the evolution of diversity and complexity in animal
communication signals. Steve Nowicki's current work
focuses on birdsong, although he and his students have
worked on a diverse array of organisms including
invertebrates such as insects, spiders, crabs, shrimp and
lobsters, and other vertebrates including lizards, ground
squirrels and primates. Research projects combine field
observation and experimentation, with laboratory studies
of perception, neuroanatomy, functional morphology,
phylogenetic analysis, and state-of-the-art digital signal
processing. Nowicki's ongoing research projects lie in
two main areas. The first concerns the evolution of
receiver preferences for signal characteristics, with the
goal of determining the proximate mechanisms by which
signals may provide accurate information about the
sender's condition or other relevant characteristics. The
second main area examines how morphological and
physiological mechanisms of signal production influence
the evolution of signal diversity.
- Recent Publications
- Caves, EM; Nowicki, S; Johnsen, S, Von Uexküll Revisited: Addressing Human Biases in the Study of Animal Perception.,
Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 59 no. 6
pp. 1451-1462 [doi] [abs].
- Searcy, WA; Nowicki, S, Animal Behavior: The Raised-by-Wolves Predicament.,
Current Biology : Cb, vol. 29 no. 23
pp. R1243-R1244 [doi] [abs].
- Zipple, MN; Nowicki, S; Searcy, WA; Peters, S, Full life course analysis of birdsong reveals maturation and senescence of highly repeatable song characteristics,
Behavioral Ecology, vol. 30 no. 6
pp. 1761-1768 [doi] [abs].
- Searcy, WA; Ocampo, D; Nowicki, S, Constraints on song type matching in a songbird,
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 73 no. 8
(August, 2019) [doi] [abs].
- Zipple, MN; Caves, EM; Green, PA; Peters, S; Johnsen, S; Nowicki, S, Categorical colour perception occurs in both signalling and non-signalling colour ranges in a songbird.,
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 286 no. 1903
pp. 20190524 [doi] [abs].
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