NEWS FROM THE WILEY LAB

August 2016 / February 2017

HOW NOISE DETERMINES THE EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION

Wiley, R. H. 2017. How noise determines the evolution of communication.
Animal Behaviour 124: 307-313  
(online, 13 August 2016)

Wiley's essay highlights 12 principles for the evolution of communication
and clarifies two ways that novel signals and responses can evolve

An accompanying "audioslides" presentation emphasizes
the wide application of noise for understanding the evolution of communication.

May 2016

reviews of Wiley's book "NOISE MATTERS: THE EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION"

are posted on his Author's page at amazon.com

May 2015

Wiley's new book "NOISE MATTERS: THE EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION"

is now being shipped to bookstores and amazon.com.

For the latest news . . . http://www.unc.edu/home/rhwiley/noise_matters/index.html

December 2013

Henrik Brumm's edited book, Animal Communication and Noise (Springer)

includes an introductory chapter by Wiley . . .

Wiley, R. H. 2014. Signal detection, noise, and the evolution of communication. In H. Brumm, editor. Animal communication and noise. Springer.

. . . an introduction to the evolution of communication in noise . . .

a subject about which this site should have more to say before long!!

July 2013

in honor of R. H. Wiley and his many students

SPECIAL ISSUE of the journal BEHAVIOUR (Vol. 150, Nos. 9-10)

EVOLUTION OF ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/1568539x/150/9-10O

edited by Wiley's former students Marc Naguib and Jordan Price
and including articles by other former students, graduate and undergraduate,
and by other colleagues ...

also Wiley's mathematical analysis of ...

A receiver-signaler equilibrium in the evolution of communication in noise.
Behaviour 150: 957-993.

May 2013

INFORMATION IN ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
a clarification of some theoretical issues

a chapter in ...

Communication as a transfer of information: measurement, mechanism, and meaning.
In U. Stegmann, editor.   Animal communication theory: information and influence.
Cambridge Univ. Press.   Pp. 113-129. [Summary]

January 2013

AN OVERVIEW OF THREE DECADES OF RESEARCH ON INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION
conducted by many members of the Wiley lab

with emphasis on the crucial importance of individual recognition
for the evolution of social behavior

published in Biological Reviews

December 2012

SIXTEENTH EXPEDITION TO LORETO, PERU

Wiley returned with another set of standardized samples of bird songs in Amazonian rainforests -- this time replicating previous sets from north and south of the Rio Amazonas east of the Rio Napo.

June 2012

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR SOCIETY SYMPSIUM:   EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION
organized by Marc Naguib and Jordan Price

12 June 2012 -- Albuquerque NM

to recognize the contributions all members of the Wiley lab have made
to studying animal communication over the past four decades!

Publication of contributions is planned for a special issue of Behaviour in 2013

July 2011

WILEY RETIRES -- TO FOCUS ON WRITING AND RESEARCH

effective 1 July 2011 ... after 40 years of teaching

April 2011

110TH OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIP WITH UNDERGRADS

Wiley just completed his 110th overnight field trip (since 1989) with an undergraduate class ...
without major mishap.
Highlights this time included three Common Eiders on the NC coast in April and from the same spot displaying Sandwich Terns and nesting Wilson's Plovers!

December 2010

NEW LIGHT ON THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF AVIAN SPECIMENS FROM THE PERUVIAN AMAZON

a major publication corrects misunderstandings about the extensive collections
of Amazonian birds in Peru by Alfonso and Ramon Olalla in 1925-28 ...

Bulletin 343 from the American Museum of Natural History

PERCEPTION OF SONGS HAS GREATER SCOPE THAN SONG PRODUCTION

confirming a prediction for signal detection in noisy environments ...
and introducing the first experiments with morphed birdsongs!

... read all about it in Biology Letters

... and see a related publication in Biology Letters in the preceding year.

Also relevant ...

A CONCISE REVEIW OF SIGNAL TRANSMISSION IN NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

an article in the new Encyclopedia of Neuroscience