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Songbirds Changed Their Tune During the Pandemic

Elizabeth Derryberry, associate professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will present “Songbirds Changed Their Tune During the Pandemic,” Friday, March 12.

When pandemic lockdowns were instituted, human activities ceased in an unprecedented way. Traffic sound in the San Francisco Bay Area of California reduced to levels not seen for half a century, which led to a shift in song frequency in white-crowned sparrows. In her presentation, Professor Derryberry will discuss the reasons behind why the shift was notable and how the new “quiet” allowed the birds to quickly fill the most effective song space.

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The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. 

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Please note, registration is required for the webinar. Once approved, you will receive a link to view the webinar. All registrations must be submitted by 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 12 to be approved.

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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College of Arts and Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


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