Renee Duckworth Lab :: Ecology and Evolution :: University of Arizona

Current group:

Renee Duckworth (PI)
James Mouton | postdoc
Kathryn Chenard | grad
Matthew Moelling | grad
Maria Beiriz | grad
Sarah Scott | tech
Juliana Kosters | undergrad
Hannah Quick | undergrad


Ahva Potticary | grad
Chris Gurguis | grad
Stepfanie Aguillon | grad
Georgy Semenov | postdoc
Kelly Hallinger | postdoc
Anne-Laure Blanche | honor
Alexis Anderson | honor
Savannah Miller | REU
Taylor Bobowski | REU
Fatima Bravo | tech
Caitlin Gill | tech
Ellen Ouelette | tech
Allison Byrd | tech
Selene Fregosi | tech
Tayler LaSharr | UBRP

Anna Sevic | undergrad
Judy Quach | undergrad
Fernando Diaz | undergrad
Hannah Specht| tech

NSF CAREER Pop & Comm Ecol, DEB-1350107

NSF REU Pop & Comm Ecol, DEB-1620183

New papers:

Zenil-Ferguson, R, McEntee, JP, Burleigh, JG, Duckworth, RA. 2021. Evolution of nest site specialization and its macroevolutionary consequences in passerine birds. bioRxiv.

Gurguis, CI & Duckworth, RA. In rev. Assessing multiple timescales of behavioral change provides insight into function of an offspring signal. The American Naturalist.

Mouton, JC & Duckworth, RA. 2021. Maternally-derived hormones, neurosteroids and the development of behaviour. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 288: 20202467.

Potticary, AL & Duckworth, RA. 2021. A neuroendocrine perspective on the origin and evolution of cooperative breeding. Ornithology. 138: ukab036.

Chenard, KC & Duckworth, RA. 2021. The special case of behavioral plasticity? pg 301. In: DW Pfennig, ed. Phenotypic plasticity and evolution. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Potticary AL & Duckworth, RA. 2020. Multiple environmental stressors induce an adaptive maternal effect. The American Naturalist. 196: 487-500.

Duckworth, RA. 2020. Catastrophes and calms. Aeon. August 13 issue.

Duckworth, RA. 2019. Biological dynamics and evolutionary causation. In T Uller and K Laland (Eds.), Evolutionary Causation: Biological and Philosophical Reflections. MIT Press.

New talks:

-Workshop:  "Evolutin of Personality in Animals and Humans", Erice, Italy (Sept 2021)

-University of Bern "Behavioral, Evolutionary and Theoretical Ecology Seminar Series", Bern, Switzerland (March 2021)

-American Society of Naturalists' Symposium: "Merging behavioural ecology with eco-evolutionary dynamics", Asilomar, CA (Jan 2020)

UC Davis "Animal Behavior Seminar Series", Davis, CA (Nov 2019)

-American Society of Ornithology Conference Symposium: "Long-term studies of cavity nesting birds", Anchorage, Alaska (June 2019)

-Plenary Lecture, Evolution Evolving Conference, Cambridge University, UK (April 2019)

-Symposium: "Frontiers in Behavioural Research" Max Plank Institute, Seeweisen, Germany (April 2019)

-Gordon Research Conference "Unifying Ecology Across Scales", Biddeford, Maine (July 2018)

-Plenary Lecture, European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Groningen, The Netherlands (August 2017)



American Naturalist
Associate Editor


ASN, Young Investigator Award Committee, 2018-2020

Local Committee, AOS Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ April 2018

Councilor, Amercan Ornithological Society, 2016-2019


- This View of Life (2021)
- National Geographic: Book talk (2018)
- Webinar: Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science (2017)
- Nature: Research Highlights (2015)
- CBS News (2015)
- Science Podcast (2015)
- New Scientist (2013)
- BioScience (2012)
-The Scientist (2011)

Next class:

ECOL 610: EEB Internships, Grad course
(Fall 2021/Spring 2022)

ECOL 484/584: Ornithology
(Spring 2023)

Check out photos from Orn lab here!



Fellow of the American Ornithological Society, 2017

NSF CAREER Award, 2014

Elective Member. American Ornithological Union, 2012

Young Investigator Prize, American Society of Naturalists, 2010

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