Sarah Partan

Associate Professor of Animal Behavior, Hampshire College

Ph.D., Animal Behavior Graduate Group, University of California, Davis
B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Interests

We study how animals communicate with audio and visual signals, focusing on the interactions among signal components from different sensory channels that are emitted simultaneously.  Because animals communicate using all available channels, a complete understanding of their behavior must include examination of multiple signal channels.  Our methods include field observation, video playbacks, and “robotic” animal playbacks with mechanical models.