SICB Division of Ecology and Evolution (DEE)

DEE Researchers Database Entry

Meredith Miles

Evolution of complex displays
I study the evolution of complex displays, which are the bizarre behaviors animals use to communicate with one another. In particular, I focus on gesture, or displays produced through body movement. Gestures are highly diverse and nearly ubiquitous in the animal kingdom, and can be used to produce visual, tactile, and acoustic signals. Right now my work uses the evolution of woodpecker drums to better understand how complex displays -- which encompass more than one signal element -- are shaped by interacting evolutionary drivers. I am currently a second-year PhD student in the Fuxjager Lab at Wake Forest University. For more information and recent publications, see our website (, and follow our progress on twitter @meredithcmiles and @fuxjagerlab!]