School of Biological Sciences
Natural and Health Sciences
Ross Hall, Room 2546
On Sabbatical for Spring 2018
501 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80639
- Postdoctoral training: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, CA
- Ph.D.: Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
- B.A.: Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Research/Areas of Interest
I study animal communication and social behavior. My research focuses on bird song
as a model system for understanding how signals evolve in nature. To understand song
function I examine how individuals use vocal signals within particular environmental
and social contexts. I study larger patterns of song evolution by measuring how songs
vary through time and space, both within and between species. Current projects examine
the function and evolution of male and female vocalizations among Colorado wren species,
New World sparrows, and Old World warblers. Research in the lab combines field observation,
population-monitoring, and sound recording analyses within a phylogenetic context.
Selected research publications
- Benedict L, Warning N (2017). Rock Wrens preferentially use song types that improve long distance
signal transmission during natural singing bouts. Journal of Avian Biology. Online First DOI: 10.1111/jav.01357.
- Warning N, Benedict L (2016) Facultative nest modification by rock wrens. Avian Biology Research. 9:58-65.
- Najar N, Benedict L (2015) Female Song in New World Wood-Warblers (Parulidae). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:139.
- Warning N., Benedict L. (2015) Paving the way: Functional nest architecture of the rock wren. Auk: Ornithological Advances. 132:288-299.
- Benedict L., Rose A., Warning N. (2013) Small song repertoires and high song type sharing among
Canyon Wrens. Condor. 115:874-881.
- Dahlin C., Benedict L., (2013) Angry birds need not apply: A perspective on the flexible form and multi-functionality
of avian vocal duets. Ethology. 119:1-10.
- Benedict L, Rose A, Warning N (2012) Canyon wrens alter their songs in response to territorial
challenges. Animal behavior. 84:1463-1467
- Benedict L (2010) California towhee duets are multi-functional signals for multiple receivers.
- Benedict L, Bowie RCK (2009) Macrogeographical variation in the song of a widely distributed
African warbler. Biology Letters. 5:484-487.
- Benedict L (2008) Unusually high levels of extrapair paternity in a duetting species with long-term
pair bonds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 62:938-988.
- Benedict L (2008) Occurrence and life history correlates of vocal duetting in North American
passerines.Journal of Avian Biology. 39: 57-65.
Find a full list of research publications here.
Recent research presentations
- Animal Behavior Society Meetings (2017) Toronto, ON, Canada
- North American Ornithological Conference (2016) Washington DC
- Department of Integrative Biology, University of Colorado Denver (2015) Denver, CO
- International Bioacoustics Congress (2015) Murnau, Germany
- Fort Collins Natural Areas Program (2015) Fort Collins, CO
- Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming (2014) Laramie, WY
- Joint AOU/COS/SCO Ornithology meetings (2014) Estes park, CO
- Animal Behavior Society Meetings (2013) Boulder, CO
- Fifth North American Ornithological Congress (2012) Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Animal Behavior Society Meetings (2012) Albuquerque, NM
- Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University (2011)
Fort Collins, CO
- International Ethological Congress / Animal Behavior Society (2010) Bloomington, IN