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Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2018
Contact Info
Website: http://www.danamoseley.com/

Research Description

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.

  • Ecology and Evolution BIO 250 lecture and lab
  • Ornithological Research with Lab BIO 430

Office Hours

  • PhD in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, 2014,University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • BS in Biology, 2003, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Select Publications
  • Moseley, D.L., G.E. Derryberry, J.N. Phillips, J.E. Danner, R.M. Danner, D. Luther, & E.P. Derryberry. 2018. Cultural selection as a mechanism of acoustic adaptation to city noise for songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285(1888). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1356.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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