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Stephen Bovio
Ph.D. Student

Stephen Bovio

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Texas A&M University 

3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843 

Tel: 2107227904 

email:rbovio@tamu.edu 

Curriculum Vitae 

Stephen Bovio

I graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Biology. As an undergraduate, I examined the social and mating system of the Northern Pygmy Mouse (Baiomys taylori) by monitoring a wild population using mark-recapture and radiotelemetry.

In 2016 I joined the Rosenthal lab. My interests are focused on topics of animal communication and behavioral ecology. Often times, animals send and receive signals in multiple sensory systems (e.g. visual, olfactory, auditory). To fully understand animal communication, it is necessary to quantify the effect of genotype and environment on receiver responses. Therefore, the aim of my research is to disentangle the evolutionary consequences of multimodal signaling in swordtails (Xiphophorus). Specifically I am interested in how signals from multiple modalities interact to shape female mating preferences, and in turn, how these preferences influence reproductive isolation barriers. I intend on investigating these questions by pairing behavioral preference trials with laboratory techniques in order to shed novel insight into some of the most important attributes of animal life.

Outside of lab you’ll find me playing Ultimate Frisbee for the A&M men’s club team, watching movies, going on nature walks with my dog (Duke) and cooking.

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