What's New!


  • March 2019: Jacqueline successfully defends her PhD thesis on the evolution of family life. She is heading to NC State next year to tackle veterinary school next.
  • January 2019: Dave returned form a sabbatical in Australia and Costa Rica. Great critters, fantastic ecosystems,  wonderful conversations, and some excellent science as well!
  • August 2018:  Tim, Kat, Allison, and Alex and me give presentations at the ISBE conference in Minneapolis. A smallish but pleasant meeting!
  • August 2017: Dave, Tim, and Ben give talks at the first AOS meeting in East Lansing, MI. 
  • May 2017: Alex Cones joins Team Sparrow and will be a PhD student with us in the fall.  
  • December 2016: Britt Heidinger and Dave get a new NSF grant to fund work on stressors and telomeres in sparrows!

Welcome to my web page. My students and I do research in Behavioral Ecology. Most but not all of us work on social and reproductive behavior in birds. We use a variety of approaches to better understand why animals behave in the ways they do. We observe marked individuals in the field and in captivity, manipulate important variables to test their effects on behavior, and use DNA techniques to better understand the causes and consequences of particular behaviors. Check out our web page and learn more about who we are and what we are doing.


-David F. Westneat



David F. Westneat| Tel 01 859 323 9499 | Fax 859 257 1717 | david.westneat@uky.edu