Paper out

First, I have to say that from start to finish, working with Ecology and Evolution was wonderful—perhaps my best publishing experience (5 stars). This project also included many authors and was truly a team effort (as indicated by 3 co-first authors), which made it a lot of fun.

When sexual signals evolve, most attention is paid to impacts on intended receivers (potential mates) rather than fitness consequences for eavesdroppers. We asked how the deadly acoustically hunting parasitoid fly, Ormia ochracea, is responding to novel changes in cricket host signals (songs). Flies strongly preferred ancestral song over novel songs in both the field and the lab, but we caught more flies to novel songs in the field than reported in previous work, indicating that flies may be exerting some selective pressure. When played at realistic amplitudes, we found no preferences–flies responded equally to novel songs that varied in frequency, broadbandedness, and temporal measures. However, our lab experiment revealed the first evidence of preference for song amplitude–they like louder novel songs. Check out the paper to learn more!

ISBE Stockholm

It was surreal to attend a conference after several years of only virtual gatherings. This one happened to be in a wonderful location… Stockholm! I had never visited Sweden–what a beautiful place (at least this time of year). It was so much fun attending with the entire Tinghitella lab. Everyone gave outstanding talks and posters–I’m so lucky to be a part of this research group. I also saw some truly impressive talks from other scientists that I hadn’t heard of prior to this meeting–I took lots of notes and have lots of ideas. Thanks ISBE for a lovely conference.