My research focuses on the community ecology of communication: the way that interactions within and between species affect the production and perception of signals. To address these questions, I study a variety of taxa including crickets, katydids, frogs, bats and birds. My current research focuses on modeling phenological patterns in bird activity and understanding why birds sing when they do. To quantify singing activity, I am using automated recording and machine learning approaches to find and identify bird calls from a network of recorders in Sapsucker Woods and in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.
Previously, I have held post-doctoral positions at Dartmouth College (Neukom Fellowship), the University of Wisconsin and the Smithsonian Institute for Tropical Research. I completed my PhD at Dartmouth College and a B.S. in Biology at Denison University.
Year Hired: 2018
Contact Information Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room #148 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA Phone: +1.607.254.2405 Email: email@example.com Website: www.laurelsymes.com
ter Hofstede, H. M. et al. (2020) ‘Calling songs of katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) from Panama’, Journal of Orthopteran Research.
Muñoz, V. E. et al. (2020) ‘Gone with the wind: Signal timing in a Neotropical katydid as an adaptive response to variation in wind-induced vibratory noise’, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74(59). doi: 10.1007/s00265-020-02842-z.
Symes, L. B. et al. (2020) ‘Sheep in wolves’ clothing: prey rely on proactive defences when predator and non-predator cues are similar’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1212.
Symes, L. B. and Wheatley, T. (2019) ‘Random is not real: How the patchy distribution of ecological rewards
may generate incentive hope. Editorially-selected commentary’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 42.
Symes, L. B. et al. (2019) ‘Applying and refining DNA analysis to determine the identity of plant material extracted from the digestive tracts of katydids’, Peer J, 7(e6808). doi: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6808.