Faculty & Staff Directory
- Assistant Professor
PhD, Ecology, UNC Chapel Hill (2008)
My teaching, research, and mentorship span a wide range of topics, each of which includes some component of ecology, evolution, or conservation biology. Current research projects assess the efficacy of implemented conservation actions, the effects of fragmentation on tropical avian communities, the ecology and evolution of birds in cities, and the role of environmental temperatures on avian bill evolution.
Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Community Ecology
- Moseley D, G Derryberry, R Danner, D Luther, E Derryberry. 2019. Cultural selection as a mechanism of acoustic adaptation to city noise for songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In press.
- Luther D and R Danner. 2016. Birds with larger bills are more active in the heat: Support for the bill as a thermoregulatory organ. The Auk 133(4): 770-778.
- Luther, DA, T Brooks, S Butchart, M Hayward, J Lamoreux, M Kester, A Upgren. 2016. Determinants of bird conservation action implementation and associated population trends of threatened species. Conservation Biology. 30(6): 1338-1346.
- Luther D.A, J. Phillips, E.P. Derryberry. 2015. Not so sexy in the city: urban birds adjust songs to noise but compromise vocal performance. Behavioral Ecology. 27(1):332-340.
- Mentoring Excellence Award from the OSCAR Students as Scholars program at GMU 2015
- Chairs Award of Excellence from the Biology Department at GMU 2018