SELECTION OF CURRENT INTERESTS

R. H. WILEY

In the past 5-10 years, my attention has returned to lekking birds --
on short expeditions to observe lekking behavior beyond the Neotropics

with attention to males' spatial relationships
and, of course, the potential for indirect mate choice
(see an explanation of indirect mate choice).

Here's my list of lekking birds observed since 2014 . . .
  • Greater Sage-grouse
  • Gunnison Sage-grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Lesser Prairie-chicken
  • Greater Prairie-chicken
  • Black Grouse
  • Western Capercaillie
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper (more time needed!)
  • Little Bustard
  • Great Bustard
  • Bengal Florican
    ... plus two might-have-beens until canceled in 2020 ...
  • Ruff
  • Great Snipe
  • For my interest in the essential importance of noise
    in the evolution of all communication . . .
    see @rhavenwiley and rhavenwiley.wordpress.com
    And my earlier research interests continue too . . .
  • long-range vocal communication by temperate and tropical birds
  • vocal communication in noisy conditions (colonies, choruses)
  • sexual conflict and monogamy in territorial birds
  • sexual selection in polygynous mating systems and leks
  • site-specific dominance in wintering birds
  • cooperative breeding in tropical wrens
  • Continuing themes in all of these studies are
    age-dependent behavior and recognition of individuals.
    Our goal was to understand the complexity of animal social behavior ... especially communication.
    Facilities include up-to-date equipment for recording, display, and synthesis of sound.

    For field work, we often use the nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve.

    My students and postdoctoral associates have conducted research on a variety of issues
    in sociobiology and animal communication, both locally and far afield, including
    throughout the American tropics.