Dr Michael Reichert

Dr Michael Reichert

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Senior Postdoctoral Researcher


Professor John Quinn

Dr Michael Reichert



I completed a Bachelor degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina, where I first began my studies of frog communication. After brief research stays at the University of Louisville and the University of Texas, I received my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2011. I was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Humboldt University in Berlin before beginning my current position as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at University College Cork.


I am interested in the evolution of animal behaviours. Most of my previous research examined the evolution of acoustic communication behaviour in frogs and insects. I am particularly interested in the effects of the physical and social environment on behavioural plasticity in relation to aggression, signalling competition and female preferences. At UCC, I am working as a Senior Postdoc under a project led by Prof. John Quinn examining the evolutionary ecology of cognition in wild great tits http://ornithology.ucc.ie/current-projects/evolutionary-ecology-of-cognition/. For this project, I am particularly interested in how variation in cognition relates to variation in sexual signalling.


M.S. Reichert, L.B. Symes, and G. Höbel. In Press. Lighting up sound preferences: cross-modal influences on the precedence effect in treefrogs. Animal Behaviour

M.A. Bee, M.S. Reichert, and J. Tumulty. 2016. Assessment and recognition of competitive rivals in anurans. Advances in the Study of Behavior 48: 161-249

M.S. Reichert and G. Höbel. 2015. Modality interactions alter the shape of acoustic mate preference functions in gray treefrogs. Evolution 69: 2384-2398

M.S. Reichert. 2015. Effects of noise on sound localization in male grasshoppers,Chorthippus biguttulus. Animal Behaviour 103: 125-135

M.S. Reichert and B. Ronacher. 2015. Noise affects the shape of female preference
functions for acoustic signals. Evolution 69: 381-394

R.L. Rodríguez, M. Araya-Salas, D.A. Gray, M.S. Reichert, L.B. Symes, M.R. Wilkins, R.J. Safran and G. Höbel. 2015. How acoustic signals scale with individual body size: common trends across diverse taxa. Behavioral Ecology 26: 168-177

M.S. Reichert, H. Galante and G. Höbel. 2014. Female grey treefrogs, Hyla versicolor, are responsive to visual stimuli but unselective of stimulus characteristics. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 3254-3262

M.S. Reichert. 2014. Playback tests and studies of animal contest dynamics: concepts and an example in the gray treefrog. Behavioral Ecology 25: 591-603

M.S. Reichert and H.C. Gerhardt. 2014. Behavioral strategies and signaling in interspecific aggressive interactions in gray treefrogs.Behavioral Ecology 25: 520-530

M.S. Reichert. 2013. Sources of variability on advertisement and aggressive calling in competitive interactions in the gray treefrog, Hyla versicolor. Bioacoustics 22: 195-214

M.S. Reichert and H.C. Gerhardt. 2013. Gray tree frogs, Hyla versicolor, give lower-frequency aggressive calls in more escalated contests. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 795-804

M.S. Reichert. 2013. Patterns of variability are consistent across signal types in the treefrog Dendropsophus ebraccatus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 109: 131-145

M.S. Reichert. 2013. Visual cues elicit courtship signals in a nocturnal anuran. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 265-271

M.S. Reichert and H.C. Gerhardt. 2013. Socially-mediated plasticity in call timing in the gray treefrog, Hyla versicolor. Behavioral Ecology 24: 393-401

M.L. Dyson, M.S. Reichert, and T.R. Halliday. 2013. Contests in amphibians. In: Animal Contests. ed., I.C.W. Hardy and M. Briffa, pp. 228-257. Cambridge University Press.

M.S. Reichert and H.C. Gerhardt. 2012. Trade-offs and upper limits to signal performance during close-range vocal competition in gray treefrogs, Hyla versicolor. The American Naturalist 180: 425-437

M.S. Reichert. 2012. Call timing is determined by response call type, but not by stimulus properties, in the treefrog Dendropsophus ebraccatus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 433-444

M.S. Reichert and H.C. Gerhardt. 2011. The role of body size on the outcome, escalation and duration of contests in the grey treefrog, Hyla versicolor. Animal Behaviour 82: 1357-1366

M.S. Reichert. 2011. Aggressive calls improve leading callers’ attractiveness in the treefrog Dendropsophus ebraccatus. Behavioral Ecology 22: 951-959

M.S. Reichert. 2011. Effects of multiple-speaker playbacks on aggressive calling behavior in the treefrog Dendropsophus ebraccatus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1739-1751

M.S. Reichert. 2010. Aggressive thresholds in Dendropsophus ebraccatus: Habituation and sensitization to different call types. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64:529-539.

D. Satre, M. Reichert, and C. Corbitt. 2009. Effects of vinclozolin, an anti-androgen, on affiliative behavior in the Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis. Environmental Research 109:400-404

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