Good Morning,

Next Monday will be the second annual event sponsored by the Cornell Lab,
the Paul C. Mundinger Distinguished Lectureship.  This lectureship enables
us to bring to Cornell an ornithological scholar of highest repute to give
a talk to the full university community of staff, students, and members of
the public.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Gail Patricelli as our second Mundinger
Distinguished Lecturer.
I hope you can help us spread the word!

This event will also be live streamed at I hope you can
help us spread the word!

*Robots, Telemetry, and the Sex Lives of Wild Birds: Using Technology to
Understand and Protect an Enigmatic Bird*

*(Cornell Campus, B25 Warren Hall)*

*Monday, October 15th 2018, 5:00 pm*

*This is a free event, no RSVP required.*

Gail Patricelli, Professor & Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of
Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Animals use a dizzying array of sounds, smells, colors, dances, electrical
fields and seismic vibrations to convince each other to mate. These
elaborate courtship signals were a mystery until Darwin’s time—after
proposing his theory of natural selection, Darwin was left with the
question of how the flamboyant peacock could be shaped by the same process
that makes the peahen so perfectly camouflaged. There is now strong support
for Darwin’s answer to this question, the process he termed sexual
selection, proposing that the courting sex must be elaborate because the
courted sex demands it. But how can we study the conversations males and
females in non-human animals have about mating? One way to do this is to
participate, controlling one side of the conversation with a robot. Gail
Patricelli will talk about using robotic females and other technology to
study courtship behaviors in the greater sage-grouse, and how such research
informs conservation of this iconic North American bird and its habitat.

*This is the second talk in the Paul C. Mundinger Distinguished Lectureship
series, established in honor of the late Paul Mundinger, who received his
Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell. *

I hope to see you there!


Sarah K Wagner, PhD
Cornell Lab Of Ornithology


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