Jeff Podos is a Professor in the Department of Biology at UMass, and presently serves as Graduate Program Director for the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) graduate program. His research focuses on vocal behavior and evolution in songbirds, and has active research projects in the US, Ecuador, and Brazil. Click on the "research" tab above to read more about Jeff's research. Most every fall Jeff teaches an upper-level majors class in Animal Behavior, and most every spring he team-teaches a non-majors, general education course on the Biology of Social Issues. In recent years Jeff has served on the editorial boards of two journals, Animal Behaviour and Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology. He has recently started a new stint on the Executive Committee of the Animal Behavior Society, and is currently 2nd President-Elect. Bonus reading: * How I got tenure * Mate Choice Copying * PhD Cartoon Contest * Cooleyville Road
Sarah Goodwin’s research interests are broadly in sexual selection and communication, specifically male and female behavior when eavesdropping is possible. From the male’s perspective, she works on questions of territory choice and tenure when multiple individuals are within signaling range of each other, and coalition forming for territory defense. From the female’s perspective, she investigates how females evaluate prospective mates when there are multiple options, and what sorts of decision rules females use. She works with Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina) in Western MA. Sarah's website (includes cv and reprints)
Amy Strauss joined the Podos lab in Fall 2013. She hopes to pursue research on the evolution of complexity and diversity in songbird vocal behavior, looking specifically at the role that ecological factors play in shaping avian communication systems. During her undergraduate career at Whitman College, she performed research examining the effects of habitat on geographic patterns of song sharing in Dickcissels (Spiza americana) with Dr. Tim Parker. Prior to joining the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) graduate program here at UMass, Amy worked in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).