What's New!


  • June 2020: Allyssa receives USDA Predoctoral Fellowship! Great job Allyssa!
  • June 2020: SQuID publication #2 on the robustness of linear mixed models to assumptions is online at Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 
  • May 2020: SQuID receives 3 years of funding from Norway's INTPART program. Challenge now will be to hold workshops in age of coronavirus! Stay tuned for how we sort that out. 
  • March 2019: Jacqueline successfully defends her PhD thesis on the evolution of family life. She is heading to NC State  to tackle veterinary school next.
  • 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