Assistant Professor of Biology

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

Phone - 540/568-6665
Office Hours

Current Research Projects

How urbanization and noise affect song and female preferences in a vocal mimic – the gray catbird. Collaborators/Postdoc sponsors – Drs. Ryder and Marra

The effects of anthropogenic noise on cultural evolution and song development in White-Crowned Sparrows. Postdoc sponsors: Drs. Elizabeth Derryberry and David Luther.

Noise as a deterrent to birds in socio-economically important areas. Testing effects of broadband noise on occupancy, community assemblages, communication, and foraging. Postdoc sponsor: Dr. Swaddle.

Neurophysiology of song learning – Exploring how individual variation in song learning ability corresponds with variation in the neural responses of single cells in a memory region of the songbird brain. Collaboration with Dr. Luke Remage-Healey, UMass.

Female preference development – assessing the influences on the development of female preferences for male signals in birds. Applying methods of video and song tutoring, behavioral and operant assays.

The effects of developmental stress on vocal performance and song learning in swamp sparrows. Collaboration with Dr. Jeff Podos

Sexual selection and signal function in the Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana-
The function of vocal performance in male-male competition assessed by playback

Color signals and vocal performance in the Swamp Sparrow. Measuring sexual dimorphism and multimodal signals. Collaboration with Dr. David Lahti

Vocal performance and song learning in swamp sparrows.
Collaboration with Drs. Lahti & Podos

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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