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Tamra Mendelson

Professor

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences, Room 426
Phone
410-455-2267
tamram@umbc.edu
Education
Ph D, Duke University (2001)
BS, University of Wisconsin (1991)
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About

Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin, PhD in Zoology from Duke University.

Research Interests

Research in my lab focuses on the causes and consequences of evolutionary changes in communication systems. Using a colorful group of North American freshwater fish called darters, we ask the following questions: Why does mating communication evolve over time? How does the rate of communication evolution compare with ecological divergence and other reproductive barriers? (Why) Are individuals attracted only to members of their own species? By addressing these questions, we're trying to understand why male color patterns have diversified so extensively in this group, what are the consequences of that divergence, and what general principles about the ecology and evolution of communication can we learn by studying these beautiful fish?

Teaching Interests

BIOLOGY 142: Foundations of Ecology and Evolution BIOLOGY 481: Advanced Topics in Evolution BIOLOGY 760: Graduate Seminar in Ecology and Evolution

Intellectual Contributions

Male mate choice contributes to behavioral isolation in sexually dimorphic fish with traditional sex roles vol. 130 1-7 Animal Behaviour

The accumulation of reproductive isolation in early stages of divergence supports a role for sexual selection vol. 29 676 Journal of Evolutionary Biology

The ecological drivers of nuptial color evolution in darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae) 4 vol. 70 745–756 Evolution

Male behaviour predicts trait divergence and the evolution of reproductive isolation in darters (Percidae: Etheostoma) vol. 112 179–186 Animal Behaviour

Mutation-order divergence by sexual selection: diversification of sexual signals in similar environments as a first step in speciation 9 vol. 17 1053–1066 Ecology letters

2 vol. 2014 257-268 Copeia

The (mis) concept of species recognition 8 vol. 27 421–427 Trends in ecology & evolution

6 vol. 107 579–588 Heredity