Ph.D., Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior
Current Areas of Research:
Our research focuses on evolutionary hypotheses and ecological contexts of animal behavior. We ask, in general, how animals tell apart their friends from their enemies. As a model system, for example, my own research has focused on brood parasitic birds, such as cuckoos and cowbirds, which lay their eggs in other birds nests. Why does the host accept the foreign egg and chick in its nest and how does the parasite trick the host to provide more food than its fair share? Other projects in the laboratory focus on the development of vocal recognition of conspecifics and mates, the genetic mating systems of socially monogamous seabirds, the migratory dynamics of seabirds and cuckoos, and decision making by monarch butterflies. This research is funded by international and national funding agencies, allowing for student-initiated projects to be incorporated in the overall research activity of the lab.
Selected Publications (* with research students):
Anderson MG, Ross HA, Brunton DH, Hauber ME (in press) Begging call matching between a specialist brood parasite and its host: A comparative approach to detect co-evolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.*
Hauber ME, Sewell MA, Zuk M (2008) Gender genomics and equality. Heredity 101: 395.
Cassey P, Honza M, Grim T, Hauber ME (2008) The modeling of avian visual perception predicts behavioural rejection responses to foreign egg colours. Biology Letters 4: 515-517.
Rayner MJ, Hauber ME, Imber MJ, Stamp RK, Clout MN (2007) Spatial heterogeneity of mesopredator release within an oceanic island system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 20862-20865.* Highlighted by Faculty of 1000.
Shawkey MD, Hauber ME, Estep LK, Hill GE (2006) Evolutionary transitions and mechanisms of matte and iridescent plumage coloration in grackles and allies (Icteridae). Journal of the Royal Society Interface 3: 777-786.
Hauber ME, Lacey EA (2005) Bateman's principle in cooperatively breeding vertebrates: the effects of non-breeding alloparents on variability of female and male reproductive success. Integrative and Comparative Biology 45: 903-914.
Kilner RM, Madden J, Hauber ME (2004) Brood parasitic cowbird nestlings use host young to procure parental resources. Science 305: 877-879.
Hauber ME (2003) Hatching asynchrony, nestling competition, and the cost of interspecific brood parasitism. Behavioral Ecology 14: 224-235 (with cover photo).
Hauber ME (2002) Conspicuous coloration and prey attraction in a stationary predator. Ecological Entomology 27: 686-691.
Hauber ME, Russo SA, Sherman PW (2001) A password for species recognition in a brood parasitic bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 268: 1041-1048.*
Evolution and Behavior
Sex and Behavior
Field Course in Animal Behavior
Methods in Animal Behavior
Doctoral Seminar on Animal Behavior