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Anne Leonard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Anne Leonard

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Degrees

  • Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011-2012
  • PERT Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, 2008-2011
  • Ph.D., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2008
  • M.S., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2004
  • B.A., Biology, Brown University, 2001

Postdoctoral Experience

  • Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011-2012
  • PERT Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, 2008-2011

Research Interests

Anne Leonard studies the evolutionary ecology of communication in plant-pollinator and sexual selection contexts.

Many organisms produce signals that span multiple sensory modalities, despite the costs and risks of producing complex and conspicuous displays. What benefit does a multi-component signal provide senders and/or receivers? How are these complex signals learned and used by receivers? Her research addresses these basic questions in sensory and cognitive ecology across a range of systems and scenarios, often guided by signal detection theory and neuroeconomic frameworks.

Past projects have explored the role of multimodal signals in cricket mate choice, the interactive effects of floral stimuli on bumble bee learning, and decision-making by crab and jumping spiders. Ongoing research addresses the nutritional ecology of floral rewards and cognitive ecology of pollination.

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