Author

Ioana Danci

Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Gordon Atkins

Abstract

Variation of cricket calling songs can be attributed to environmental factors, including temperature, humidity, vegetation, season, solar elevation, and geographic location. Recent studies found that latitudinal position affects the calling song of male Gryllus pennsylvanicus. My project evaluates whether longitudinal position influences the calling song of G. pennsylvanicus. Using the predicted values of 4 song features based on a mathematical model (Burden 2009), I evaluated data from 6 locatons along a longitudinal axis. I calculated R2 values to determine how well the model predicted the values in my sample populations. The model was found to be a poor predictor.

Subject Area

Crickets--Behavior--Environmental aspects, Crickets--Effect of sound on, Gryllus

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