the Templeton Lab

Our research examines the evolutionary and ecological implications of animal behavior. Research projects are diverse, but tend to focus on how animals obtain and exchange information about their environments. As such, we study the behavior, cognition, learning, and ecology of animal communication, often focusing on birds.

I teach courses across the full Biology Department curriculum at Pacific University, including Introductory Biology, Animal Behavior, Animal Communication, Natural History of the Galapagos, and Advanced Research Methods.


Welcome to Chris Templeton's Lab!

Templeton, C.N., Zollinger, S.A., & Brumm, H. (2016). Traffic noise drowns out great tit alarm calls. Current Biology 26: R1173-R1174

Representative Publications

see Publications for a full list and links to pdfs

Templeton, C.N., Rios-Chelen, A.A., *Quiros-Guerrero, E., Mann, N.I., & Slater, P.J.B. (2013). Female happy wrens select songs to cooperate with their mates rather than confront intruders. Biology Letters 0120863.

Templeton, C.N. & Greene, E. (2007). Nuthatches eavesdrop on variations in heterospecific chickadee mobbing alarm calls. PNAS 104: 5479-5482

Templeton, C.N., Akçay, Ç., Campbell, S.E., & Beecher, M.D. (2010). Juvenile sparrows preferentially eavesdrop on song interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 447-453

Templeton, C.N., Greene, E. & Davis, K. (2005). Allometry of Alarm Calls: Black-capped chickadees encode information about predator size. Science 308: 1934-1937.