My research group focuses on the function and the development of song. Our study species is the song sparrow. We study function in the field, via a long-term banding, recording and radio-tracking program combined with field experiments (mostly playback studies). We study development both in the field, where we focus on young males we have banded in the nest or netted during their first summer, and in the laboratory, where we attempt to recreate the key conditions identified in the field studies. Our laboratory song-learning studies use multiple live
EDUCATION: B. A. Reed College, 1963, Ph.D. Boston University, 1969.
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS: 1969-71, Harvard Medical School; 1971-78, Eastern Michigan Univ, Univ of Michigan (adjunct); 1978-present, Univ of Washington (Professor 1987, Chair Psychology 1993-2002).