Publications & Featured Articles


Publications are available from my researchgate homepage (Iink at bottom of page) or upon request.

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

Beckers, Martin, Wagner 2011a. 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 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 Schul 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 (see link below).
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. 

Links to the featured articles:

              Parasitism and Mate Selection WAMC Radio broadcast

              Scientific American feature of Dr. Beckers' research

              Impending death alters crickets' standards for mates

              Female katydids prefer mates 'cool' in winter and 'hot' in summer

              Flexible mating calls may contribute to ecological success of species