I am an assistant professor at Texas A&M San Antonio (January 2021) with a broad interest in animal behavior, communication, and the effects of human activity on wildlife. Specifically, I am interested in how sexually selected traits and ultimately reproductive fitness are affected by landscapes and soundscapes, and am currently investigating the effects of sensory pollution on avian communities. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) in the Francis lab. My dissertation research at Tulane focused on the effects of anthropogenic noise on the evolution of bird song in the Derryberry lab. I've had a variety of research experience, with undergraduate research in the Nieh lab with stingless bees, volunteering in collections of herpetology and entomology at the SDNHM, and working with citizen scientists to better understand species diversity across an urban gradient.
I am currently recruiting Master's students! Please reach out to me via email: jphillips at tamusa.edu with a letter of interest and research goals.