Jeff Podos is a Professor in the Department of Biology at UMass, and presently serves as Graduate Program Director and Leader 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. Jeff is a member of the editorial board of Advances in the Study of Behavior, and previously served as an editor for two journals, Animal Behaviour and Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology. Since 2015 Jeff has served on the Executive Committee of the Animal Behavior Society, and is currently the society's President. Bonus reading: * How I got tenure * Mate Choice Copying * PhD Cartoon Contest * Cooleyville Road


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). 


Lab Alum:


-- Andrew Hendry, Post-doc & General Nuisance, 2000-2

-- David Lahti, Post-doc 2003-9


-- Kara Belinsky, PhD 2008, co-advised with Bruce Byers

-- Ana Gabela, MS 2007

-- Eben Goodale, Research Associate, 2000-1 & 2008-9

-- Sarah Goodwin, PhD 2016

-- Dave Hof, PhD 2014

-- Sarah Huber, PhD 2007

-- Jesse McClure, PhD 2015

-- Dana Moseley, PhD 2013

-- Benjamin Taft, PhD 2010


-- Christine Rega, 2007-2010

-- Matt Rich, 2008-2009

-- Joel Southall, 2001-2003

*please send Jeff your info if you'd like it posted!


Magnificant frigatebird in flight, Borrero Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos: