Publications and Featured Articles


Publications are available from my ResearchGate homepage or upon request.

  • Beckers. 2020. Phenotypicl plasticity related to temperature induces song variation in the filed cricket Gryllus rubens. Ethology 126(8): 781-790.

  • Beckers, Murphey, Pease, Norman. 2019. Parallel plasticity of mating songs and preferences in the field cricket Gryllus rubens. Ethology 125(7): 476-484.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2018. Males and females evolve riskier traits in populations with eavesdropping parasitoids. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 174.

  • Beckers, Kijimoto, Moczek. 2017. Doublesex alters aggressiveness as a function of social context and sex in the polyphenic beetle Onthophagus taurus. Animal Behaviour 132: 261-269.  

  • Macagno, Beckers, Moczek. 2015. Differentiation of ovarian development and the evolution of fecundity in rapidly diverging exotic beetle populations. Journal of Experimental Zoology A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 323(9): 679-688.

  • Beckers, Anderson, Moczek. 2015. A combination of developmental plasticity, parental effects, and genetic differentiation mediates divergences in life history traits between dung beetle populations. Evolution & Development 17(2): 248-259.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2013. Parasitoid infestation changes female mating preferences. Animal Behaviour 85: 791-796.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2012b. Eavesdropping parasitoids do not cause the evolution of less conspicuous signaling behavior in a field cricket. Animal Behaviour 84: 1457-1462.

  • Kijimoto, Pespeni, Beckers, Moczek. 2012. Beetle horns and horned beetles: emerging models in developmental evolution and ecology. WIREs Interdisciplinary Reviews in Developmental Biology, doi:10.1002/wdev.81

  • Wagner Jr., Beckers, Tolle, and Basolo. 2012. Tradeoffs limit the evolution of male traits that are attractive to females. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2899-2906.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2012a. Divergent preferences for song structure in a field cricket and its phonotactic parasitoid. Journal of Insect Behavior 25(5): 467-477.

  • Beckers, Martin, Wagner. 2011. Survival rates of planidial larvae of the parasitoid fly Ormia ochracea (Diptera: Tachinidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 84(3): 235-237.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2011b. Male field crickets infested by parasitoid flies express phenotypes that may benefit the parasitoids. Animal Behaviour 82(5): 1151-1157.

  • Beckers & Wagner. 2011a. Mate sampling in a field cricket: evidence for a fixed threshold strategy with last chance option. Animal Behaviour 81: 519-527.

  • Beckers & Schul. 2010. Female adaptation to developmental plasticity of male calling behavior. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64(8): 1279-1290.

  • Bush, Beckers, and Schu.l 2009. A complex mechanism of call recognition in the katydid Neoconocephalus affinisJournal of Experimental Biology 212: 648-655.

  • Beckers & Schul. 2008. Developmental plasticity of mating calls enables acoustic communication in diverse environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 1243-1248.

  • Beckers & Schul. 2004. Phonotaxis in Hyla versicolor (Anura: Hylidae): the effect of absolute call amplitude. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 190: 869-876.

Featured Articles

  • The Animal Behavior manuscript (Beckers & Wagner 2013) has been featured in ScienceNews on March 26, 2013, and Scientific American on September 17, as well as on diverse online webpages. Additionally, this research was featured in the radio broadcast ‘Academic Minute’ on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on July 3.
  • The Animal Behavior manuscript (Beckers & Wagner 2011) has been featured in the ‘In Focus’ section of the Journal.
  • The Carmel Valley Pine Cone, CA: 'Aided by extraordinary hearing, flies stalk mate-seeking crickets'. July 31, 2009.
  • The manuscript published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society (2008) was featured in national newspapers and on national and international web-pages, such as EurekAlert (AAAS), ScienceDaily, St. Louis post-dispatch, Kansas City infozine. 

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