ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA
FIELD SEASON POST-PONED DUE TO COVID19 Travel restrictions
Evolution of musicality in an open-ended song learning bird
My current Australian research collaboration with a zoomusicologist Hollis Taylor explores the song of the Pied Butcherbird. I am interested in how complex communication (and musicality) evolved as a result of several factors including sociality, ecological stability, and song development. By working with a professional musician/musicologist, as a scientist who has undergone intensive musical training in my past (violin), we are able to bridge the gap between study techniques used in musicology and science to bring a new perspective and approach to how birdsong is studied.