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Derryberry, EP, JN Phillips, GE Derryberry, MJ Blum, and D Luther. Singing in a silent spring: Birds respond to a half-century soundscape reversion during the COVID-19 shutdown. Science 370, 575–579. DOI: 10.1126/science.abd5777 PDF

Derryberry, EP and CM Coomes. Providing urban birds nutritious food to feed chicks reduces urban versus rural breeding success disparities. Journal of Animal Ecology 89(7), 1546-1548. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13277

Berlow, M**, K Kohl, and EP Derryberry. Evaluation of non-lethal gut microbiome sampling methods in a passerine bird. Ibis 162(3), 911-923. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12807

Bolívar-Leguizamón SD, LF Silveira, EP Derryberry, RT Brumfield and GA Bravo. Phylogeographic and demographic history of the Variable Antshrike (Thamnophilus caerulescens), a South American passerine distributed along multiple environmental gradients. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 148, 106810. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106810

Cadena, CD, AM Cuervo, LN Céspedes, GA Bravo, N Krabbe, TS Schulenberg, GE Derryberry, LF Silveira, EP Derryberry, RT Brumfield and J Fjeldså. Systematics, biogeography, and diversification of Scytalopus tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae), an enigmatic radiation of Neotropical montane birds. The Auk 137(2), ukz077. DOI: 10.1093/auk/ukz077

Phillips, JN**, C Rochefort*, S Lipshutz**, GE Derryberry, D Luther and EP Derryberry. Increased attenuation and reverberation are associated with lower maximum frequencies and narrow bandwidth of bird songs in cities. Journal of Ornithology 161, 593-608. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-020-01751-2

Settlecowski AE*, AM Cuervo, JG Tello, MG Harvey, RT Brumfield and EP Derryberry. Investigating the utility of traditional and genomic multi-locus datasets to resolve relationships in Lipaugus and Tijuca (Cotingidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 147, 106779. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106779

Chesser, RT, MG Harvey, RT Brumfield and EP Derryberry. A revised classification of the Xolmiini (Aves: Tyrannidae: Fluvicolinae), including a new genus for Muscisaxicola fluviatilis. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 133(1), 35-48. DOI: 10.2988/20-00002


Moseley, DL, JN Phillips**, EP Derryberry, and DA Luther. Evidence for differing trajectories of songs in urban and rural populations. Behavioral Ecology 30(6), 1734-1742. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz142

Howell, CE*, RC Anderson and EP Derryberry. Female cognitive performance and mass are correlated with different aspects of mate choice in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Animal Cognition 22(6), 1085-1094. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-019-01299-6.

Oliveros, CH, DJ Field, DT Ksepka, FK Barker, A Aleixo, MJ Anderson, P Alström, BW Benz, EL Braun, MJ Braun, GA Bravo, RT Brumfield, RT Chesser, S Claramunt, J Cracraft, AM Cuervo, EP Derryberry, TC Glenn, MG Harvey, PA Hosner, L Joseph, R Kimball, AL Mack, CM Miskelly, AT Peterson, MB Robbins, FH Sheldon, LF Silveira, BT Smith, ND White, RG Moyle and BC Faircloth. Earth history and the passerine superradiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(16), 7916-7925. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1813206116

Lipshutz, SE**, JM Meier, G Derryberry, MA Miller, O Seehausen, EP Derryberry. Differential introgression of a female competitive trait in a hybrid zone between sex-role reversed species. Evolution 73(2), 188-201. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13675

McClelland, SC, RD Ribeiro, HW Mielke, ME Finkelstein, CR Gonzales, JA Jones, J Komdeur, EP Derryberry, EB Saltzberg, J Karubian. Sub-lethal exposure to lead is associated with heightened aggression in an urban songbird. Science of the Total Environment 654, 593-603. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.145

Coomes, CM**, RM Danner, and EP Derryberry. Elevated temperatures reduce discrimination between conspecific and heterospecific sexual signals. Animal Behaviour 147, 9-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.10.024


Moseley, DL, GE Derryberry, JN Phillips**, JE Danner, RM Danner, DA Luther, and EP Derryberry. Acoustic adaptation to city noise through vocal learning by a songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society London Series B 285, 20181356. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1356

Phillips, JN**, M Berlow**, and EP Derryberry. The effects of landscape urbanization on the gut microbiome: an exploration into the gut of urban and rural white-crowned sparrows. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6, 148. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00148

Phillips, JN**, KE Gentry**, DA Luther, and EP Derryberry. 2018. Surviving in the city: higher apparent survival for urban birds but worse condition on noisy territories. Ecosphere 9(9), e02440. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2440

Phillips, JN** and EP Derryberry.Urban sparrows respond to a sexually selected trait with increased aggression in noise. Scientific Reports 8, 7505. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-25834-6

Schenk, JJ, S Kontur*, H Wilson*, M Noble*, EP Derryberry. Allopatric speciation drives diversification of ecological specialists on sandhills. International Journal of Plant Sciences 179(4), 325-339. DOI: 10.1086/697073

EP Derryberry, N Seddon, GE Derryberry, S Claramunt, GF Seeholzer, RT Brumfield, N Tobias. Ecological drivers of song evolution in birds: Disentangling the effects of habitat and morphology. Ecology and Evolution 8(3), 1890-1905. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3760.


JN Phillips**, EP Derryberry. Equivalent effects of bandwidth and trill rate: support for a performance constraint as a competitive signal. Animal Behaviour 132, 209-215

EP Derryberry. Dawn song in natural and artificial continuous day: Light pollution affects songbirds at high latitudes. Journal of Animal Ecology 86 (6), 1283-1285

KE Gentry, EP Derryberry, RM Danner, JE Danner, DA Luther. Immediate signaling flexibility in response to experimental noise in urban, but not rural, white‐crowned sparrows. Ecosphere 8 (8)

SE Lipshutz**, IA Overcast, MJ Hickerson, RT Brumfield, EP Derryberry. 2017. Behavioural response to song and genetic divergence in two subspecies of white‐crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys). Molecular Ecology 26 (11), 3011-3027. Perspective by Dave Toews

JN Phillips**, EP Derryberry. 2017. Vocal performance is a salient signal for male–male competition in White-crowned Sparrows. The Auk 134 (3), 564-574

NA Mason, KJ Burns, JA Tobias, S Claramunt, N Seddon, EP Derryberry. 2017. Song evolution, speciation, and vocal learning in passerine birds. Evolution 71 (3), 786-796. News feature in PNAS

EP Derryberry, Katherine Gentry, GE Derryberry, JN Phillips**, RM Danner, JE Danner, DA Luther. White‐crowned sparrow males show immediate flexibility in song amplitude but not in song minimum frequency in response to changes in noise levels in the field. Ecology and Evolution 7(13), 4991-5001

DA Luther, R Danner, J Danner, K Gentry, EP Derryberry. 2017. The relative response of songbirds to shifts in song amplitude and song minimum frequency. Behavioral Ecology 28 (2), 391-397


Zucker, MR, MG Harvey, JA Oswald, A Cuervo, EP Derryberry, RT Brumfield. 2016. The Mouse-colored Tyrannulet (Phaeomyias murina) is a species complex that includes the Cocos Flycatcher (Nesotriccus ridgeway), an island form that underwent a population bottleneck. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 101: 294-302.

Derryberry, EP+, RM Danner+, JE Danner+, GE Derryberry, JN Phillips**, SE Lipshutz**, KE Gentry, and DA Luther. 2016. Patterns of song across natural and anthropogenic soundscapes suggest that white-crowned sparrows minimize acoustic masking and maximize signal content. PLOS one 11(4): e0154456.+equal first authorship

Luther, DA, J Phillips**, and EP Derryberry. 2016. Not so sexy in the city: urban birds adjust songs to noise but compromise performance and potency in communication. Behavioral Ecology 27(1): 332-340.


Zylberberg, M, EP Derryberry, CW Breuner, EA MacDougall-Shackleton, JM Cornelius, and TP Hahn. 2015. Haemoproteusinfected birds have increased lifetime reproductive success. Parasitology 142(8): 1033-1043


Cuervo, A, FG Stiles, M Lention, RT Brumfield, and EP Derryberry. 2014. Geographic variation and phylogenetic relationships of Myiopagis olallai(Aves: Passeriformes; Tyranniade), with the description of two new taxa from the Northern Andes. Zootaxa 3873(1): 1-24.

Zhang, G, C Li, Q Li, B Li, DM Larkin, C Lee, JF Storz, A Antunes, MJ Greenwold, RW Meredith, A Ödeen, J Cui, Q Zhou, L Xu, H Pan, Z Wang, L Jin, P Zhang, H Hu, W Yang, J Hu, J Xiao, Z Yang, Y Liu, Q Xie, H Yu, J Lian, P Wen, F Zhang, H Li, Y Zeng, Z Xiong, S Liu, L Zhou, Z Huang, N An, J Wang, Q Zheng, Y Xiong, G Wang, B Wang, J Wang, Y Fan, RR da Fonseca, A Alfaro-Núñez, M Schubert, L Orlando, T Mourier, J Howard, G Ganapathy, A Pfenning, O Whitney, MV Rivas, E Hara, J Smith, M Farré, J Narayan, G Slavov, MN Romanov, R Borges, JP Machado, I Khan, MS Springer, J Gatesy, FG Hoffmann, JC Opazo, O Håstad, RH Sawyer, H Kim, KW Kim, HJ Kim, S Cho, N Li, Y Huang, MW Bruford, X Zhan, A Dixon, MF Bertelsen, EP Derryberry, W Warren, RK Wilson, S Li, DA Ray, RE Green, S J O‘Brien, D Griffin, WE Johnson, D Haussler, OA Ryder, E Willerslev, GR Graves, P Alström, J Fjeldså, DP Mindell, SV Edwards, EL Braun, C Rahbek, DW Burt, P Houde, Y Zhang, H Yang, J Wang, ED Jarvis, MTP Gilbert, J Wang& Avian Genome Consortium. 2014. Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation. Science 346(6215): 1311-1320.

Jarvis, ED, S Mirarab, AJ Aberer, B Li, P Houde, C Li, SYW Ho, BC Faircloth, B Nabholz, JT Howard, A Suh, CC Weber, RR da Fonseca, J Li, F Zhang, H Li, L Zhou, N Narula, L Liu, G Ganapathy, B Boussau, MS Bayzid, V Zavidovych, S Subramanian, T Gabaldón, S Capella-Gutiérrez, J Huerta-Cepas, B Rekepalli, K Munch, M Schierup, B Lindow, WC Warren, D Ray, RE Green, M Bruford, X Zhan, A Dixon, S Li, N Li, Y Huang, EP Derryberry, MF Bertelsen, F Sheldon, RT Brumfield, C Mello, PV Lovell, M Wirthlin, JA Samaniego, AMV Velazquez, A Alfaro-Núñez, PF Campos, T Sicheritz-Ponten, A Pas, T Bailey, P Scofield, M Bunce, D Lambert, Q Zhou, P Perelman, AC Driskell, G Ruby, B Shapiro, Z Xiong, Y Zeng, S Liu, Z Li, B Liu, K Wu, J Xiao, X Yinqi, Q Zheng, Y Zhang, H Yang, J Wang, L Smeds, FE Rheindt, M Braun, J Fjeldså, L Orlando, K Barker, KA Jønsson, W Johnson, KP Koepfli, S O’Brien, D Haussler, OA Ryder, C Rahbek, E Willerslev, GR Graves, TC Glenn, J McCormack, D Burt, H Ellegren, P Alström, S Edwards, A Stamatakis,, DP Mindell, J Cracraft, EL Braun, T Warnow, W Jun, MTP Gilbert, G Zhang. 2014. Whole genome analyses resolve the early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science 346(6215): 1320-1331.

Smith, BT, JE McCormack, AM Cuervo, MJ Hickerson, A Aleixo, CD Cadena, J Perez-Eman, CW  Burney, X. Xie, MG Harvey, BC Faircloth, TC Glenn, EP Derryberry, J Prejean, S. Fields, and RT Brumfield. 2014. The drivers of tropical speciation. Nature 515(7527): 406-409.

Derryberry, EP+, GE Derryberry+, JM Maley, RT Brumfield. 2014. Hzar: Hybrid zone analysis using an R software package. Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 652-663. +equal first authorship


Tobias, JA, C. Cornwallis, EP Derryberry, S Claramunt, RT Brumfield, N Seddon. 2013. Species interactions and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution across a major radiation of birds. Nature. doi: 1038/nature12874

Claramunt, S, EP Derryberry, CD Cadena, AM Cuervo, C Sanín and RT Brumfield. 2013. Phylogeny and classification of Automolus foliage-gleaners and allies (Furnariidae). Condor 115(2): 375-385.


Tobias, JA, JD Brawn, RT Brumfield, EP Derryberry, ANG Kirschel, and N Seddon. 2012. The importance of Neotropical suboscine birds as study systems in ecology and evolution. Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 259-272. Tobias et al 2012 Neotropical birds study system.pdf

Peters, S, EP Derryberry, and S Nowicki. 2012. Songbirds learn songs least degraded by environmental transmission. Biology Letters 8(5): 736-739. Peters et al 2012 Biol Lett.pdf

Derryberry, EP, S Claramunt, N Seddon, J Tobias, A Baker, and RT Brumfield. 2012. Correlated evolution of beak morphology and song in the Neotropical woodcreeper radiation. Evolution 66(9): 2784-2797. Derryberry et al 2012.pdf

Claramunt, S, EP Derryberry, RT Brumfield, and JV Remsen, Jr. 2012. Ecological opportunity and diversification in a continental radiation of birds: climbing adaptations and cladogenesis in the Furnariidae. Am. Nat. 179(5): 649-666. Claramunt et al 2012.pdf

Luther D and EP Derryberry. 2012. Birdsongs keep pace with city life: changes in song over time in an urban songbird affect communication. An Beh 83:1059-1066. Luther and Derryberry 2012Urban change.pdf

Claramunt, S, EP Derryberry, JV Remsen, Jr, and RT Brumfield. 2012. High dispersal ability inhibits speciation in a continental radiation of passerine birds. Proc Roy Soc B 279: 1567-1574. Claramunt et al 2012 Dispersal and diversification in Furnariidae.pdf

McCormack J, J Maley, S Hird, EP Derryberry, GR Graves and RT Brumfield. 2012. Next generation sequencing reveals phylogeographic structure and a species tree for recent bird divergences. Mol Phylogenet Evol 62: 397-406. McCormack et al 2012 NGS methods.pdf


Derryberry, EP, S Claramunt, G Derryberry, RT Chesser, J Cracraft, A. Aleixo, J. Pérez-Emán, JV Remsen Jr, RT Brumfield. 2011. Lineage diversification and morphological evolution during an exceptional continental radiation, the Neotropical ovenbirds and woodcreepers (Aves: Furnariidae). Evolution 65(10): 2973-2986. Derryberry et al 2011 Furnariidae radiation.pdf

Derryberry 2011. Male response to historical and geographical variation in bird song. Biology Letters 7(1): 57-59.  Derryberry 2011 Biol Lett.pdf Press coverage: ScienceNow


Tobias JA, J Aben, RT Brumfield, EP Derryberry, W Halfwerk, H Slabbekoorn and N Seddon. 2010. Song divergence by sensory drive in Amazonian birds. Evolution 64(10): 2820-2839. Tobias et al 2009 Evolution.pdf

Derryberry, EP, RT Chesser, S Claramunt, J Cracraft, and RT Brumfield. 2010. Certhiasomus, a new genus of woodcreeper (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae) from South America. Zootaxa 2416: 44-50. Derryberry et al 2010 Certhiasomus.pdf

Derryberry, EP, S Claramunt, KE O’Quin, A Aleixo, RT Chesser, JV Remsen Jr, and RT Brumfield. 2010. Pseudasthenes, a new genus of ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Zootaxa 2416: 61-68. Derryberry et al 2010 Pseudasthenes.pdf

Claramunt S, EP Derryberry, RT Chesser, A Aleixo, and RT Brumfield. 2010. Polyphyly of Campylorhamphus, and description of a new genus for C. pucherani (Dendrocolaptinae). The Auk 127(2): 430-439.


Chesser RT, S Claramunt, EP Derryberry, and RT Brumfield. 2009. Geocerthia, a new genus of terrestrial ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Zootaxa 2213: 64-68. Chesser et al 2009 Geocerthia.pdf

Derryberry 2009. Ecology shapes birdsong evolution: variation in habitat and morphology explains variation in white-crowned sparrow song. American Naturalist 174(1): 24-33. Derryberry 2009.pdf Press coverage: Science Podcast; Science Daily; Jornal Tribuna de Macau; Discoveries BBC Wildlife; Daily Planet; Columbus Dispatch


Derryberry 2007. Evolution of bird song affects signal efficacy: an experimental test using historical and current signals. Evolution 61(8): 1938 – 1945. Selected by Faculty of 1000.  Derryberry 2007.pdf Derryberry 2007 supp material.doc Selected press coverage: ScienceNOW; New Scientist; London Daily Telegraph; The Vancouver Sun; Daily Mail; Spiegel; MSNBC, LiveScience; BBC Edinburgh, NewsDrive; Discovery News, The Feedbag; AAAS, Science Update; WCHL Radio Chapel Hill; CBC, As it Happens & The Adler Show

MacDougall-Shackleton EA, EP Derryberry, J Foufopoulos, AP Dobson and TP Hahn. 2005. Parasite-mediated heterozygote advantage in an outbred songbird population. Biology Letters 1(1): 105-107. MacDougall-Shackleton et al 2005.pdf

MacDougall-Shackleton EA, EP Derryberry and TP Hahn. 2002. Non-local male mountain white-crowned sparrows have lower paternity and higher parasite loads than males singing local dialect. Behavioral Ecology 13(5): 682-689. MacDougall-Shackleton et al 2002.pdf


NA Mason, B Pasch, KJ Burns, EP Derryberry. 2017. Integrating Museum and Media Collections to Study Vocal Ecology and Evolution. The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research. CRC Press.

CM Coomes, NK Wilson, RM Danner, EP Derryberry. 2017. Does Thermal Stress Affect Mate Selection? Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, E33-E33

RM Danner, CM Coomes, EP Derryberry. 2017. High Ambient Temperatures Reduce Cognitive and Motor Performance of an Endotherm. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, E237-E237

SE Lipshutz, EP Derryberry. 2017. Genomic Characterization of a Hybrid Zone between Sex-role Reversed Jacanas. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, E329-E329

DL Moseley, RM Danner, JE Danner, J Phillips, GE Derryberry, DA Luther, EP Derryberry. 2017. Cultural selection as a mechanism of acoustic adaptation to city noise: a songbird chooses to copy less degraded songs. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, E355-E355

MacDougall-Shackleton EA, EP Derryberry, J Foufopoulos, AP Dobson and TP Hahn. 2004. Parasite-mediated heterozygote advantage in an outbred songbird population. Integrative and Comparative Biology 44 (6): 596-596.

Derryberry, EP and BE Ballentine. 2003. Historical changes in vocal performance: implications for mate choice. Integrative and Comparative Biology 43 (6): 855-855.

Derryberry, EP, J Foufopoulos, AP Dobson, MacDougall-Shackleton EA, and TP Hahn. 2002. An investigation of the effects of two haematozoa on reproductive success in mountain white-crowned sparrows. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42 (6): 1219-1219.

Derryberry 2000. An investigation of the effects of two haematozoa on reproductive success in mountain white-crowned sparrows. Princeton University Senior Thesis.

Derryberry EP. 2000. A day in the field, Princeton Alumni Weekly, June 2000.