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Gail L. Patricelli


Evolution and Ecology

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

Research Interests:

Animal communication and sexual selection, with a focus on understanding why there is such 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 other Galliformes, and 3) the possible effects of noise from energy development on acoustic communication and breeding behaviors of sage-grouse.


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

Professional Societies:

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

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Animal Behavior  
Population Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Animal Behavior
Behavior and Conservation
Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:



Last updated 9/23/2014
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


EVE 107 Animal Communication
BIS 2B Introductory Biology