B.S., Bates College

Meredith Miles

Ph.D Student, 2016-

Meredith studies the evolution of behavior through multiple lenses. Current foci include: i) understanding the significance of signal complexity through a macroevolutionary lens, and ii) examining the adaptive significance of signal modulation in the field.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys learning new skills (e.g., taxidermy, banjo).

selected Publications

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Schuppe, E.R., MIles, M.C., and Fuxjager, M.J. in press. Evolution of the androgen receptor: perspectives from human health to dancing birds. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

Miles, M.C., Schuppe, E.R., and Fuxjager, M.J. in press. Selection for rhythm as a trigger for recursive evolution in the elaborate display system of woodpeckers. The American Naturalist.

Miles M.C. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2019. Phenotypic diversity arises from secondary signal loss in the elaborate visual displays of toucans and barbets. The American Naturalist. 194: 152-167.

Miles, M.C. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2019. Social context modulates how the winner effect restructures territorial behavior in free-living woodpeckers. Animal Behaviour. 150: 209-218.

Miles, M.C., Goller, F. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. Physiological constraint on acrobatic courtship behavior underlies rapid sympatric speciation in bearded manakins. eLIFE 7: e40630.

Miles, M.C., Vitousek, M.N., Husak, J.F., Johnson, M.A., Martin, L.B., Taff, C.C., Zimmer, C., Lovern, M.B., and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. Standing variation and the capacity for change: are endocrine phenotypes more variable than other traits? Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58: 751-762. (Cover article

Miles, M.C. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. Synergistic selection regimens drive the evolution of display complexity in birds of paradise. Journal of Animal Ecology. 87: 1149-1159. 

Miles, M.C. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. Animal choreography of song and dance: a case study in the Montezuma oropendola (Psarocolius Montezuma). Animal Behaviour. 140: 99-107.  

Miles, M.C., Schuppe, E.R., Ligon, R.M., and Fuxjager, M.J. (2018) Macroevolutionary patterning of woodpecker drums reveals how sexual selection elaborates signals under constraint. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 285: 20172628. 

Fuxjager, M.J., Miles, M.C., Goller, F., Petersen, J., and Yancey, Y. 2017.  Androgens support male acrobatic courtship behavior by enhancing muscle speed and easing the severity of its trade-off with force. Endocrinology. 158: 4038-4046. 

Miles, M.C., Cheng, S., and Fuxjager, M.J. (2017) Biogeography predicts macro-evolutionary patterning of gestural display complexity in a passerine family. Evolution. 71: 1406–1416. (Cover Article)