Richard Simpson

Grad Intern
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4601

Student Information

Graduate Student
Animal Behavior
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

I grew
up in Houston, TX and went to college at Trinity University, a small
liberal arts school in San Antonio, TX. I graduated with a B.S. in
Biology and completed an honors thesis on the evolution of sexual
dichromatism in wood warblers. I am currently a Ph.D. Student in Dr.
Kevin McGraw's lab in the Animal Behavior program.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in animal communication and signal evolution.
I study why animals have more than one method to communicate and how
that evolved. Currently, I am studying the evolution and function of
visual signals in North American hummingbirds. Specifically, I am
working to re-create the evolutionary history of hummingbird
iridescent coloration and exaggerated display behavior, while also
attempting to understand differences in how these signals are used
across species.

Courses

Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 415 Biometry
BIO 614 Biometry
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 415 Biometry
BIO 614 Biometry
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 322 Conservation of Biodiversity
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 415 Biometry
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 415 Biometry
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
BIO 415 Biometry