Gail Patricelli

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Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

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+1 530 754 8310


2002 PhD Biology University of Maryland, College Park
2001 MS Biology University of Maryland, College Park
1993 BA Biology; Studio Art Whitman College

Research Interests

Animal communication and sexual selection, with a focus on understanding the amazing diversity and complexity in animals signals. Current projects address: 1) the causes and functional implications of directional sound radiation in songbirds, 2) sexual selection and acoustic communication in sage-grouse, and 3) the effects of noise pollution on acoustic communication and breeding behaviors of sage-grouse and other wildlife.


2002 Warder Clyde Allee award, Animal Behavior Society
2002 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics, Cornell University
2010 Outstanding New Investigator Award, Animal Behavior Society
2012 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship of Undergraduate Research
2013 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Evolution and Ecology
Center for Population Biology
Road Ecology Center


Animal Behavior Society
International Society for Behavioral Ecology
Society for the Study of Evolution
Ecological Society of America

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Animal Behavior
Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

Animal Behavior
  • Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Communication
  • Behavior and Conservation

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS



EVE 107 Animal Communication
BIS 2B Introductory Biology


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  • Patricelli, Gail L., J. Albert C. Uy, Gregory Walsh & Gerald Borgia. 2002. Sexual selection: Male displays adjusted to female's response. Nature. 415: 279-280.
  • Coleman, Seth W., Gail L. Patricelli & Gerald Borgia. 2004. Variable Female Preferences Drive Complex Male Displays. Nature. 428: 742-745.
  • Patricelli, Gail L. and Jessica L. Blickley. 2006. Overview: Avian communication in urban noise: the causes and consequences of vocal adjustment. The Auk. 123: 639-649.
  • Patricelli, Gail L., Marc S. Dantzker and Jack W. Bradbury. 2007. Differences in acoustic directionality among vocalizations of the male red-winged blackbird (Agelaius pheoniceus) are related to function in communication. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 61: 1099-1110.
  • Krakauer, Alan H., Maura Tyrell, Kenna Lehmann, Neil Losin, Franz Goller and Gail L. Patricelli. 2009. Vocal and anatomical evidence for a two-voiced syrinx in the greater sage-grouse Centrocercus urophasianus. Journal of Experimental Biology. 212: 3719-3727
  • Yorzinski, J. and G. L. Patricelli. 2010, Birds adjust acoustic directionality to beam their antipredator calls to predators and conspecifics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Ser. B. 277: 923-932
  • Patricelli, Gail L. and Alan H. Krakauer. 2010. Tactical allocation of display effort reduces trade-offs among multiple sexual signals in greater sage-grouse: an experiment with a robotic female. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 97-106
  • Patricelli, Gail L., Alan H. Krakauer and Richard McElreath. 2011. Assets and tactics in a mating market: economic models of negotiation offer insights into animal courtship dynamics. Current Zoology 57: 225-236
  • Blumstein, Daniel T., Patrick Clemins, Lewis Girod, Kung Yao, Gail L. Patricelli, Jill L. Deppe, Alex Kirschel, Alan Krakhauer, Sean F. Hanser, Brenda McCowan, Daniel J. Mennill, Andreas Mantik Ali. 2011. Acoustic monitoring in the terrestrial environment: applications, technological considerations, and prospectus. Journal of Animal Ecology. 48: 758–767
  • Iglesias, Teresa L., Richard McElreath and Gail L. Patricelli. 2012. Western scrub jay funerals: cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics. Animal Behaviour. 84: 1103–1111
  • Blickley, Jessica L., Karen S. Word, Alan H. Krakauer, Jennifer L. Phillips, Sarah N. Sells, John C. Wingfield, Gail L. Patricelli. 2012. Experimental chronic noise exposure is related to elevated fecal corticosteroid metabolites in lekking male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). PLoS ONE. 7 (11): e50462. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050462
  • Blickley, Jessica L., Diane Blackwood and Gail L. Patricelli. 2012. Experimental evidence for the effects of chronic anthropogenic noise on abundance of Greater Sage-Grouse at leks. Conservation Biology. 26: 461–471
  • Yorzinski, Jessica L., Gail L. Patricelli, Jason S. Babcock and Michael L. Platt. 2013. Through their eyes: selective attention in peahens during courtship. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 3035-3046.
  • Patricelli, Gail L., Jessica L. Blickley and Stacie L. Hooper. 2013. Recommended management strategies to limit anthropogenic noise impacts on greater sage-grouse in Wyoming. Journal of Human-Wildlife Interactions. 7(2): 230–249