- Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Ph.D., University of California Davis
Email Aaron Rundus
- Office Phone: 610-436-3151
- Office Room Number: Wayne 5th Floor Room 523
- Preferred Means of Contact: Email
Office Hours Spring 2018
- Tuesdays, Thursdays 10:00am - 11:00am
- Wednesdays 11:00am - 2:00pm
- PSY335 Animal Behavior
- PSY255 Introduction to Biological Psychology
My research program investigates the functional significance of signal structure and
communicative behavior in an effort to better understand the proximate and ultimate
sources of signal diversity in communication systems. Within this broad conceptual
framework, I am particularly interested in the evolution and function of complex multi-modal
signals, those consisting of elements of more than one signal modality.
My research examines (a) the role that the sensory specializations of signal targets
play in the evolution of multi-modal signals, (b) how components of these complex
signals are shaped by the environments through which they propagate (c) the impact
of immediate feedback on the proximate dynamics of signaling systems and (d) and the
role of signal targets as mediators of the learning experiences involved in the expression
of communicative behavior in both human and non-human animals.
- Joshi, Sanjay S., Johnson, Ryan, Rundus, Aaron S., Clark, Rulon W., Barbour, Matthew,
& Qwings, Donald H. in press. Robotic squirrel models: Study of squirrel-rattlesnakes
interaction natural settings. IEEE Robotics & Automation.
- Rundus, Aaron S., Sullivan-Beckers, Laura, Wilgers, Dustin J., & Hebets, Eileen A.
2011. Females are choosier in the dark: Environment-dependent reliance on courtship
components and its impact on fitness. Evolution, 65(1), 268-282.
- Hebets, EileenÂ A. & Rundus, Aaron S. 2011. Chemical Communication in a Multimodal
Context. In: Chemical Communication in Crustaceans. (Ed. by T. Breithaupt & M. Thiel), pp. 335-354. New York, New York: Springer.
- Rundus, Aaron S., Santer, Roger D., & Hebets, Eileen A. 2010. Multimodal courtship
efficacy of Schizocosa retrorsa wolf spiders: implications of an additional signal
modality. Behavioral Ecology, 21(4), 701-707.
- Rundus, Aaron S., Owings, Donald H., Joshi, Sanjay S., Chinn, Erin & Giannini, Nicholas.
2007. Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to deter rattlesnake predation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(36), 14372-14376.
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