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Aaron Rundus

Contact Psychology  


Wayne Hall
125 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Undergraduate Office: 5th Floor Room 502
Phone: 610-436-2945
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Graduate Office: 5th Floor Room 506
Phone: 610-436-2532
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Aaron Rundus

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of California Davis
  • Email:
  • 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
  • Wednesday 11:00am - 2:00pm

Courses Typically Taught

  • PSY335 Animal Behavior
  • PSY255 Introduction to Biological Psychology

Brief Description of Research Interests

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.

Representative Publications

  • 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, Eileen 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.