Moira van Staaden

Dr. Moira van Staaden

Ph. D., Texas Tech University    

Office:     303A Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-0341

Research: Ethology and evolution



Research Interests:

The mechanisms of sensory biology and its interface with population biology. We employ a variety of approaches to investigate the evolution of sensory organs and communication systems, and their significance at both the population and species level. These include comparative and functional morphology, behavioral analysis, acoustic transmission in natural habitats, construction of molecular phylogenies, and spatial genetic analyses of populations.

Selected Publications:

van Staaden M.J. & A.R. Smith. 2011. Cutting the Gordian knot: Complex signaling in African cichlids is more than multimodal. Current Zoology 57: 237-252.

Sylvester J.B., Rich, C.A., Loh, Y-HE, van Staaden, M.J., Fraser G.J. & Streelman, J.T. 2010. Brain diversity develops at the boundaries. Proceedings of th eNational Academy of Science 107(21): 9718-9723.

Smith, A.R. & M.J. van Staaden. 2009. The association of visual and acoustic courtship behaviors in African cichlid fishes. Marine & Freshwater Behavior & Physiology 2: 211-216.

Donelson, N.C., Smith, A.R., & M.J. van Staaden. 2008. Variation in adult longevity in a polymorphic species. Journal of Orthopteran Research 17(2): 279-282.

Couldridge, V.C.K. and M.J. van Staaden. 2006. Female preferences for male calling songs in the bladder grasshopper Bullacris membracioides. Behaviour 143: 1439-1456.

Donelson, N.C. and M.J. van Staaden. 2005. Alternate strategies in male bladder grasshoppers Bullacris membracioides (Orthoptera: Pneumoridae). Behaviour 142: 761-778.

Couldridge, F. and M.J. van Staaden. 2004. Habitat-dependent transmission of male advertisement calls in bladder grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Pneumoridae). J. Exp. Biol. 207:2777-2786.

van Staaden, M.J., H. Römer, M. Reiser, S. Ott and M.A. Papst. 2003. Serial hearing organs in the atympanate grasshopper Bullacris membracioides (Orthoptera, Pneumoridae). J. Comp. Neurol. 465(4):579-592.

van Staaden, M.J. and R. Huber. 2001. Multidisciplinary dissection of behavioral arousal: The role of muscarinic acetylcholine stimulation in grasshopper stridulatory behavior. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 98:9468-9470.

van Staaden, M.J. & H. Römer. 1998. Evolutionary transition from stretch to hearing organs in ancient grasshoppers. Nature 394: 773-776.

van Staaden, M.J. & H. Römer. 1997. Sexual signalling in bladder grasshoppers: tactical design for maximizing calling range. J. Exp. Biol. 200: 2597-2608.