Murphy Lab

Behavioral Ecology

Trinity University

Troy G. Murphy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

My lab’s research spans behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and ornithology, with an emphasis on animal communication. Much of our research focuses on understanding the evolutionary processes (i.e., sexual and social selection) that favor female ornamentation, and how female signals can mediate competitive interactions. We also study the the evolution of territoriality, aggression, and conflict resolution. We combine field- and aviary-based behavioral research, with phylogenetic inference, to study these behaviors.

I am a firm believer that without speculation there is no good or original thought.

   Darwin to Wallace 1857