Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S. - University of North Carolina
Ph.D. - Univ. Massachusetts Amherst

Phone - 540/568-6665
Office Hours

Moseley Lab Webpage :


Courses taught: Ecology and Evolution BIO 250 lecture and lab, Ornithology with lab BIO 305

Research interests: animal behavior, urban ecology, animal communication and birdsong, sensory ecology, noise pollution

Current Research Projects

As a sensory ecologist, my research interests lie broadly in evolution, ecology, and animal behavior. Specifically, I aim to understand how communication signals function in interactions within species, whether in male-male competition or in female choice, or between species concerning the broader communication network. Another major theme of my research involves how urbanization and anthropogenic noise (“noise pollution”) impact animal communication systems. 

To address these topics, I focus on local songbirds such as native sparrows and gray catbirds in the wild. My students and I color-band birds in order to record songs from marked individuals and to associate their songs with nesting success. My research interests apply to conservation issues regarding how we can make urban spaces (like small suburban parks) suitable habitat for migratory breeding birds. 

To learn more about these topics and my lab, please visit my lab webpage.

#undergraduate co-author, ^graduate student co-author, *joint-first author

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

Greene, V.W.^, J.P. Swaddle, D.L. Moseley, D.A. Cristol. 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

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

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 Behaviour. 116:203-212. doi: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

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

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

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.

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