I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in animal communication, color/signal evolution, and visual ecology.  My research focuses on understanding the evolution and function of multiple signals and how the environment influences signal diversity. I study these topics in a variety of animals ranging from birds to insects, while my main study system is hummingbirds. I am currently working on a Ph.D. in animal behavior at Arizona State University, where I am studying the evolution of hummingbird coloration and courtship displays.

I also actively maintain a blog where I discuss my travels, research, and various other topics involving graduate school life. Please check it out: Thoughts from a graduate student, amateur naturalist, and adventurer.

4 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Whoa! This is so cool!! and I’m interested in those kind of things too. Hummingbirds and basically anything to do with animals but this is really awesome and I love your work. Someday hopefully when I get into college, I want to do something similar to what your doing.

  2. Not only is this an aesthetically pleasing page that Richard clearly took the time to construct, but also a fantastic source of information with correlating yet remarkable photos.

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