John Anthony Jones, PhD in Ecology and Evolutionarily Biology
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Area of Study / Keywords
Animal Behaviour Signal Evolution Coloration Birdsong
Dr. Jones is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist working in the Songbird Neuroethology Lab, headed by Dr. Chris Sturdy. His main research interests are in understanding the adaptive significance and functionality of various modes by which animals communicate (i.e., birdsong and plumage coloration). In particular, his research often focuses on understanding these traits from the female perspective; like their flashy male counterparts, female animals often communicate via the same mechanisms for the same function, but our collective understanding of how these traits evolve is limited. While at SNL, Dr. Jones serves as a mentor to the various projects carried out by current graduate and undergraduate students, including aiding in the conception of research projects, maintaining and overseeing day-to-day operations within the lab, and guiding students how to effectively present their work in written (e.g., peer-reviewed publication) and oral (e.g., scientific conference) formats.
Ecology is the scientific study of interactions between organisms and their environment in a hierarchy of levels of organization: individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Provides a comprehensive survey of general concepts that can stand alone or serve as preparation for advanced courses in ecology. Labs emphasize collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from ecological experiments and field studies to illustrate and complement lecture material. Examples are drawn from a broad range of organisms and systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or SCI 100. Open to students in the BSc Forestry and BSc Forest Business Management program once they have completed REN R 120 and REN R 205.