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Mia Phillips

PhD student ~ ter Hofstede Lab

I'm broadly interested in sensory ecology and understanding how animals obtain information from their surroundings. Specifically, I'm interested in the evolution and physiology of acoustic communication systems in crickets. Crickets, like many animals, rely on acoustic signals to find mates and reproduce. From these signals, listening crickets can gain information about the species, quality, and location of the sender. Here at Dartmouth, I'm investigating a cricket genus that uses both vibrational and acoustic communication within its courtship duet. I want to know how this unusual duet evolved and the underlying mechanisms that make it happen. I'm also generally interested in studying the influence of novel anthropogenic pressures on acoustic communication systems.