Mia E. Phillips

Ph.D. Candidate - ter Hofstede Lab

I'm a sensory ecologist studying the communication behavior of insects. I'm generally interested in broad patterns of sensory evolution and how animal sensory systems reflect the various selective pressures encountered by different species. At Dartmouth, I study how crickets use sound and vibration to find mates and avoid predators. I also study how ancestral cricket sensory biology may have influenced the evolution of contemporary acoustic signals. By studying animal sensory systems and how they evolve, we can discover the fundamental drivers of evolution in animal behavior.


Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, 007E
HB Hinman Box 6044

Selected Publications

  • Phillips, M. E., Chio, G., Hall, C. L., ter Hofstede, H. M., & Howard, D. R. (2020). Seismic noise influences brood size dynamics in a subterranean insect with biparental care. Animal Behaviour, 161, 15-22.

    Garrison, G., Phillips, M., Eifler, M., & Eifler, D. (2016). Intraspecific variation in opportunistic use of trophic resources by the lizard Ameiva corax (Squamata: Teiidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 37(3), 331-334.