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Songbirds Changed Their Tune During the Pandemic, March 12

feature-imageElizabeth 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. 

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.

Register here for the March 12 Science Forum presentation.


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