Jessica Briggs

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Jessica Briggs

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Howard

Biological Sciences: Integrative and Organismal Biological Sciences - PhD

Research Topic:  Genetic and neuro-physiologcial impacts of noise on invertebrates

Communication is necessary to coordinate social interactions in animals. For communication to be effective, signals must be detected and assessed by a receiver, but background noise can interfere with the transmission of a beneficial signal leading to errors by the receiver. Acoustic noise alters behavioral responses for many species but the underlying mechanisms driving behavioral shifts has yet to be determined.

The Australian black field cricket relies on both substrate-borne and airborne signals for communication, making them an ideal model to investigate how the processing of beneficial signals is influenced by different types of noise. I am using a systematic approach to test the, neurological, behavioral, and endocrine response of female crickets under unfavorable acoustic conditions.