Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. Grinnell College
Ph.D. Indiana University - Bloomington
Phone - 540-568-6008
Office - Bioscience 1028C
Fax - 540-568-3333 

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Courses:   Evolutionary Analysis (BIO 404), Insect Ecology (BIO 427).

Research Interests: Evolution and ecology; the evolution of phenotypic variation.

What selection pressures lead to variation between sexes and between species, and what maintains that variation? To study this, my lab investigates selection pressure through the social environment (mate choice and species recognition) and the ecological environment (viability). Our current research focuses on the evolution of color and shape variation of species in two damselfly genera, Megalagrion (an endemic Hawaiian radiation) and Calopteryx (of the mainland US and Canada). These systems contain extensive phenotypic color variation geographically and between species and sexes, have interesting courtship behaviors, and are sensitive to habitat alteration. Ultimately, we aim help understand the roles of ecological and sexual selection in shaping variation, speciation, and evolutionary responses to climate change.

Greene, V.W.^, D.L. Moseley, J.P. Swaddle, D.A. Cristol. 2018. Attractiveness of male zebra finches is not affected by exposure to an environmental stressor, dietary mercury. The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Vol. 120. pp. 125–136. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-17-19.1

Moseley, D.L., N.R. Joshi^, J.F. Prather, J. Podos, & L. Remage-Healey. 2017. A neuronal signature of accurate imitative learning. Scientific Reports. 7(1), 17320. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-17401-2

Podos, J., and D. L. Moseley. 2017. Vocal Communication in Birds. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. 5th edition. Elsevier.

Swaddle, J.P.*, D.L. Moseley*, M.K. Hinders,  & E.P. Smith^. 2016. A sonic net excludes birds from an airfield: implications for reducing bird strike and crop losses. Ecological Applications. 26: 339–345. doi:10.1890/15-0829.1  *joint first author  link to pdf [See media related to this article: The Daily MailThe Economist, & The Huffington Post.]

Podos, J., D.L. Moseley, S.E. Goodwin, J. McClure, B.N. Taft, A.V. Strauss, C. Rega-Brodsky^, & D.C. Lahti. 2016. Measuring vocal performance in songbirds: Frequency excursion. Animal Behaviourdoi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.03.036 .

Moseley, D.L., D.C. Lahti, & J. Podos. 2013. Responses to song playback vary with the vocal performance of both signal senders and receivers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Vol. 280 (1768). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2013.1401 link to pdf

Moseley, D.L. & R.H. Wiley. 2013. Individual differences in the vocalizations the buff-throated woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus), a suboscine bird of neotropical forests. Behaviour. Vol. 150. 1107–1128.  DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003079 Moseley&Wiley2013.pdf

Lahti, D.C., D.L. Moseley, & J. Podos. 2011. A tradeoff between performance and accuracy in bird song learning. Ethology. Vol. 117: 802-811 pdf

Podos, J., D. C. Lahti, & D.L. Moseley. 2009. Vocal Performance and Sensorimotor Learning in Songbirds. Advances in the Study of Behavior. Vol. 40: 159-195.

Podos, J. & D.L. Moseley. 2009. Vocal communication in birds. Squire, L. (Ed). New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 4th edition. Elsevier Press. Vol. 10: 389-396.

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