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Baugh Lab

Integrative Behavioral Biology

We use experimental approaches to integrate endocrinology, evolutionary biology and neurobiology in a bid to better understand the basis of natural behavior in vertebrates. We are especially interested in the biological basis of intra-population variation (within- and among-individuals) with a focus on sexual communication (bioacoustics and acoustically-guided behavior) and (neuro)endocrine traits as the phenotypic characters of interest. Amphibians serve as the principal study organisms.

Appointments

  • 2019 Present

    Associate Professor

    Swarthmore College, Biology Dept

  • 2013 2019

    Assistant Professor

    Swarthmore College, Biology Dept

Previous Academic Positions

  • 2010 2013

    Posdoctoral Fellow

    Max Planck Inst. for Animal Behavior & Netherlands Inst. for Ecology

  • 2004 2009

    Ph.D. Student

    University of Texas at Austin & Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst.

  • 2003 2004

    Research Technician

    University of Utah, Rose & Goller Labs

  • 2001 2003

    Curatorial Assistant

    Natural History Museum of Utah, Vertebrate Collections

Education

  • Ph.D. 2009

    Neuroscience

    University of Texas at Austin

  • B.S. 2002

    Biology

    University of Utah

Editorial Board

  • 2018-Present

    Associate Editor

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

  • 2015-Present

    Review Editor

    Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Awards

  • 2020
    Swarthmore College Faculty Sabbatical Fellowship
  • 2020
    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Renewed Research Fellowship, €10,000
  • 2016
    NSF MRI #1626008: Development of an observatory for quantitative analysis of collective behavior in animals. Collaborator (PI: Marc Schmidt, UPenn) $339,174
  • 2016
    James A. Michener Faculty Fellowship Swarthmore College, $81,500
  • 2011
    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Post-doctoral Research Funding, €82,800
  • 2010
    Max Planck Society International Post-doctoral Research Funding, €27,600
  • 2009
    Animal Behavior Society Travel Grant, $1000
  • 2009
    NSF Travel Grant, $1000
  • 2009
    Animal Behavior Society Travel Grant, $500
  • 2009
    Animal Behavior Society Allee Best Student Presentation, Honorable Mention
  • 2009
    University of Texas Center for Perceptual Systems Travel Grant, $1000
  • 2008
    University of Texas Homer Lindsey Bruce Endowed Fellowship, $20,600
  • 2007
    University of Texas Center for Perceptual Systems Travel Grant, $1000
  • 2007
    Animal Behavior Society Research Grant, $500
  • 2007
    University of Texas Professional Development Award, $1000
  • 2004
    Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (NIH) in Neurobiology, $22,750
  • 2004
    University of Texas Dean’s Excellence Award, $1000
  • 2004
    NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
  • 2002
    Magna cum laude | University of Utah
  • 2002
    University of Utah Biology Undergraduate Research Program Grant, $1000
  • 2002
    University of Utah Senate Research Grant, $2500
  • 2002
    Packard Foundation Research Grant, $1000
  • 2002
    Bamfield Marine Station (Canada) Academic Merit Scholarship, $1500
  • 1997
    University of Utah Biology Department Seville Flowers Fellowship (declined)
  • 1997
    University of Utah Achievement Scholarship $1000
  • 1997
    Utah Creditors Association Merit Scholarship $1000