In review or revision:

ter Hofstede HM, Symes LB, MartinsonSJ, Robillard T, FaureP, Madhusudhana S, PageRA. Calling songs of katydids (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) from Panama.In review at the Journal of Orthopteran Research.


Symes, LB, NL Wershoven*, L Hoeger*, JS Ralston*, SJ Martinson, HM ter Hofstede, CM Palmer. Applying and optimizing DNA analysis to determine the identity of plant material extracted from the digestive tracts of insects. PeerJ 7,e6808.

Symes, LB and T Wheatley. Random is not real: How the patchy distribution of ecological rewards may generate incentive hope. Editorially selected commentary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42.

Symes LB, Martison SJ, L Hoeger*, PageRA, ter Hofstede HM. 2018. From understory to canopy: In situ behavior of Neotropical forest katydids in response to free-flying bats. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:27. Click for PDF.

Fitzpatrick CL, Mendelson TC, Rodríguez RL, Safran RJ, Scordato E, Servedio MR, Stern CA, Symes LB, Kopp M. Theory meets empiry: a citation network analysis. . Bioscience. 68(10), 805-812.

Symes LB. 2018. Spatial and temporal variation in three call traits and preferences of the tree cricket Oecanthus forbesi. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:35. Click for PDF.

Kopp M^, Servedio MS^, Mendelson TC, Safran RJ, Rodriguez RL, Scordato EC, Symes LB, Balakrishnan CN, Hauber ME, Zonana DM, van Doorn GS. 2018. Mechanisms of assortative mating in speciation: connecting theory and empirical research. The American Naturalist 191:1-20.

Symes LB, Rodriguez RL, and Höbel G. 2017. Beyond temperature-coupling: Effects of temperature on    ectotherm signaling and mate choice and the implications for communication in multi-species assemblages. Ecology and Evolution. 00:1–11. Click for PDF.

Reichert M, Symes LB. and Höbel G. 2016. Female acoustic signal timing preferences are robust to cross-modal visual stimulation. Animal Behaviour 119 151-159. Click for PDF.

Symes LB, Page RA, and ter Hofstede HM. 2016. Effects of acoustic environment on male calling activity and timing in Neotropical forest katydids. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70(9) 1485-1495. Click for PDF.

Symes LB, Ayres MP, Cowdery C*, and Costello RA*. 2015 Energetic, morphometric, and acoustic trade-offs define signal diversification ridges in Oecanthus tree crickets. Evolution 69(6) 1518-1527. Click for PDF.

Symes, LB, Serrell N, and Ayres MP. 2015. A practical guide for mentoring scientific inquiry. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 96(2) 352-367. (

Symes LB and Price TD. 2015 Sexual stimulation and sexual selection. The American Naturalist. 185(4) 43-45. Click for PDF.

Rodríguez RL, Araya–Salas M, Gray DA, Reichert M, Symes LB, Wilkins MR, Safran RJ and Höbel G. 2015. How acoustic signals scale with body size: common trends in static allometry across diverse taxa. Behavioral Ecology. 26(1): 168-177. Click for PDF.

Symes LB 2014. Species composition affects the shape of mate response functions. Evolution 68: 205-213. Click for PDF.

Scordato ESC, Symes LB, Mendelson TC, and Safran RJ. 2014. The role of sexual selection in speciation: how often is ecology measured? The Journal of Heredity 105 (Special Issue): 782-794. Click for PDF.

Costello RA* and Symes LB. 2014 Effects of anthropogenic noise on male signaling behaviour and female phonotaxis in Oecanthus tree crickets. Animal Behaviour 95: 15-22. Click for PDF. 

Symes LB and Collins NC+. 2013. A new species of tree cricket from the southwestern United States. Journal of Orthoptera Research 22: 87-91. Click for PDF.

Safran RJ, Scordato ESC, Symes LB, Rodriguez RL, and Mendelsen TC. 2013. Contributions of natural and sexual selection to the evolution of premating reproductive isolation: a research agenda. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:643-650. Click for PDf.

Rodriguez RL, Boughman JW, Gray DA,  Hebets EA, Hobel G, and Symes LB. 2013. Diversification under sexual selection: the relative roles of mate preference strength and the degree of divergence in mate preferences. Ecology Letters 16: 964-974. Click for PDF.

Safran RJ, Flaxman S, Kopp M, Irwin D, Evans MR, Funk WC, Gray D, Hebets EA, Seddon N, Scordato ESC, Symes LB, Toews D, and Uy A. 2012. A robust new metric of phenotypic distance to estimate and compare multiple trait differences among populations. Current Zoology 58: 426-439. Click for PDF.

Collins N+ and Symes LB. 2012. Oecanthus walkeri: A new species of tree cricket from Texas. Journal of Orthopteran Research. Journal of Orthoptera Research 21: 51-56. Click for PDF.

McPeek MA, Symes LB, Zong DM*, and McPeek CL*. 2011. Species recognition and patterns of population variation in the reproductive structures of a damselfly genus. Evolution 65: 419-428. Click for PDF.

Schultz TD, Anderson CN, and Symes LB. 2008. The conspicuousness of colour cues in male pond damselflies depends on ambient light and visual system? Animal Behaviour. 76: 1357-1364. Click for PDF,

Paul P and Symes LB. 2008. Ballistocardiography in the physics classroom. The Physics Teacher 46:300-302. Click for PDF.

* Indicates undergraduate or high school student co-author; + Indicates citizen scientist co-author

Non-peer reviewed contributions:

Symes LB and Price TD. Review of 'Animal Communication in Noise, Ed. H. Brumm.' Animal Behaviour 108 43-45.

In preparation:

Symes LB,Martinson SJ, and ter Hofstede HM. Wolves in sheep’s clothing: many katydid species ignore   echolocation calls of potentially-predatory bats when other bat guilds are common. In preparation for Ecology.

Symes LB, K Kittelberger*, SM Stone*, R Holmes, J Ralston*, MP AyresWhen to tweet: using spatial data to deconstruct the sources of daily variation in calling activity of breeding migrant songbirds. In preparation for Ecology.