Dr. Cynthia Tedore
|2018-present||Research Associate, Behavioral Biology, University of Hamburg (Prof. Jutta Schneider), Germany|
|2017-2018||Postdoc, Centre d’Ecologie Fontionnelle & Evolutive du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Dr. Julien Renoult & Dr. François Molino), France|
|2013-2017||Postdoc, Lund Vision Group, Lund University (Prof. Dan-Eric Nilsson), Sweden|
|2013||PhD, Biology, Duke University (Prof. Sönke Johnsen), NSF GRFP Fellow & James B. Duke Fellow, USA|
My research program investigates the evolution of animal visual systems and perceptual biases, and how they evolve in response to the visual properties of an animal’s environment and lifestyle. I also study what drives and/or constrains the evolution of colors and patterns in all sorts of natural objects, from spiders, birds, fruits, and flowers to the dominant components of terrestrial habitat structure -- foliage and leaf litter. My research group is currently using and developing a variety of approaches and methodologies, including multispectral imaging, spectroscopy, spatial pattern analyses, behavioral assays, ophthalmoscopy, electrophysiology, RGB-UV computer animation, and simulations of animal perception using artificial intelligence.
Arias M*, Tedore C*, Elias M, Leroy L, Madec C, Matos L, Renoult JP, Gomez D (2020). Deep neural network and field experiments reveal how transparent wing windows reduce detectability in butterflies. bioRxiv DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.11.27.401497 (*these authors contributed equally to this work)
Tedore C and Nilsson D-E (2021). Ultraviolet vision aids the detection of nutrient-dense non-signaling plant foods. Vision Research 183, 16-29, https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0042-6989(21)00027-4
Tedore C and Nilsson D-E (2019). Avian UV vision enhances leaf surface contrasts in forest environments. Nature Communications 10, 238.
Chouinard-Thuly L, Gierszewski S, Rosenthal G, Reader S, Rieucau G, Woo K, Gerlai R, Tedore C, Ingley S, Witte K (2017). Technical and conceptual considerations for using animated stimuli in studies of animal behavior. Current Zoology 63, 5-19.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2017). Using RGB displays to portray color realistic imagery to animal eyes. Current Zoology 63, 27-34.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2016). Disentangling the visual cues used by a jumping spider to locate its microhabitat. The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 2396-2401.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2015). Immunological dependence of plant-dwelling animals on the medicinal properties of their plant substrates: A preliminary test of a novel evolutionary hypothesis. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 9, 437-446.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2015). Visual mutual assessment of size in male Lyssomanes viridis jumping spider contests. Behavioral Ecology 26, 510-518.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2013). Pheromones exert top-down effects on visual recognition in the jumping spider Lyssomanes viridis. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 1744-1756.
Tedore C and Johnsen S (2012). Weaponry, color, and contest success in the jumping spider Lyssomanes viridis. Behavioural Processes 89, 203-211.