My research focuses on field studies of 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 is to understand the complexity of animal social behavior … especially communication.
Facilities for this research include up-to-date equipment for recording, display, and synthesis of acoustic signals. 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. For more information, see http://www.unc.edu/~rhwiley .