Eileen A. Hebets, Professor
School of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0118
402.472.2571
ehebets2@unl.edu

Much of the research in my laboratory focuses on the evolution and function of complex signaling. While many displays throughout the animal kingdom simultaneously utilize multiple signals, often in multiple modalities, the function and significance of these complex displays are not well understood. The primary goal of this research program is to understand the various selection pressures that might drive the evolution of complex signaling, with a special focus on courtship signaling. The methods that I use to achieve this goal incorporate multiple levels of analysis including broad comparative approaches concentrating on behavior and morphology, manipulative laboratory and field experiments, as well as more mechanistic approaches incorporating electrophysiology and endocrine assays. Currently, while the wolf spider genus Schizocosa is the primary system within which I focus my questions regarding complex signal function, I also work on the jumping spider genus Habronattus (see publication list).

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2017

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Sensory system plasticity in a visually specialized, nocturnal spider, Jay A. Stafstrom, Peter Michalik, and Eileen Hebets

2016

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Benefits of size dimorphism and copulatory silk wrapping in the sexually cannibalistic nursery web spider, Pisaurina mira, Alissa G. Anderson and Eileen Hebets

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The behavioral ecology of amblypygids, Kenneth J. Chapin and Eileen A. Hebets

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Absence of Mate Choice and Postcopulatory Benefits in a Species with Extreme Sexual Size Dimorphism, Marie Claire Chelini and Eileen Hebets

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Absence of Mate Choice and Postcopulatory Benefits in a Species with Extreme Sexual Size Dimorphism, Marie-Claire Chelini and Eileen A. Hebets

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Polyandry in the absence of fitness benefits in a species with female-biased sexual size dimorphism, Marie Claire Chelini and Eileen A. Hebets

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A systems approach to animal communication, Eileen A. Hebets, Andrew B. Barron, Christopher N. Balakrishnan, Mark E. Hauber, Paul H. Mason, and Kim L. Hoke

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Nocturnal foraging enhanced by enlarged secondary eyes in a net-casting spider, Jay A. Stafstrom and Eileen A. Hebets

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Amblypygids: Model Organisms for the Study of Arthropod Navigation Mechanisms in Complex Environments?, Daniel D. Wiegmann, Eileen A. Hebets, Wulfila Gronenberg, Jacob M. Graving, and Verner P. Bingman

2015

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Embracing multiple definitions of learning, Andrew B. Barron, Eileen A. Hebets, Thomas A. Cleland, Courtney L. Fitzpatrick, Mark E. Hauber, and Jeffrey R. Stevens

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The complexities of female mate choice and male polymorphisms: Elucidating the role of genetics, age, and mate-choice copying, Kasey D. Fowler-Finn, Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Amy M. Runck, and Eileen A. Hebets

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Octopamine levels relate to male mating tactic expression in the wolf spider Rabidosa punctulata, Eileen A. Hebets, Matthew Hansen, Thomas C. Jones, and Dustin J. Wilgers

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A dual function of white coloration in a nocturnal spider Dolomedes raptor (Araneae: Pisauridae), Tai-Shen Lin, Shichang Zhang, Chen-Pan Liao, Eileen A. Hebets, and I-Min Tso

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Temporal patterns of nutrition dependence in secondary sexual traits and their varying impacts on male mating success, Malcolm F. Rosenthal and Eileen A. Hebets

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Functional Approach to Condition, Dustin J. Wilgers and Eileen A. Hebets

2014

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A male spider’s ornamentation polymorphism maintained by opposing selection with two niches, Bo Deng, Alex Estes, Brett Grieb, Douglas Richard, Brittney Hinds, and Eileen Hebets

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Eight Legged Encounters, Eileen A. Hebets

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Multimodal sensory reliance in the nocturnal homing of the amblypygid Phrynus pseudoparvulus (Class Arachnida, Order Amblypygi)?, Eileen A. Hebets, Alfonso Aceves-Aparicio, Samuel Aguilar-Argüello, Verner P. Bingman, Ignacio Escalante, Eben J. Gering, David R. Nelson, Jennifer Rivera, José Ángel Sánchez-Ruiz, Laura Segura-Hernández, Virginia Settepani, Daniel D. Wiegmann, and Jay A. Stafstrom

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Nocturnal homing in the tropical amblypygid Phrynus pseudoparvulus (Class Arachnida, Order Amblypygi), Eileen Hebets, E.J. Gering, Verner P. Bingman, and Daniel D. Wiegmann

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Dangerous mating systems: Signal complexity, signal content and neural capacity in spiders, Marie E. Herberstein, Anne E. Wignall, Eileen Hebets, and Jutta M. Schneider

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Obligate male death and sexual cannibalism in dark fishing spiders, Steven Schwartz, William E. Wagner, and Eileen A. Hebets

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Tactical adjustment of signaling leads to increased mating success and survival, Laura Sullivan-Beckers and Eileen A. Hebets

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Detection of predator cues alters mating tactics in male wolf spiders, Dustin J. Wilgers, Daniel Wickwire, and Eileen Hebets

2013

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Diversification under sexual selection: the relative roles of mate preference strength and the degree of divergence in mate preferences, Rafael L. Rodríguez, Janette W. Boughman, David A. Gray, Eileen A. Hebets, Gerlinde Höbel, and Laurel B. Symes

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Spontaneous male death and monogyny in the dark fishing spider, Steven K. Schwartz, William E. Wagner, and Eileen Hebets

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Female mate choice for multimodal courtship and the importance of the signaling background for selection on male ornamentation, Jay A. Stafstrom and Eileen A. Hebets

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No evidence for a relationship between hemolymph ecdysteroid levels and female reproductive behavior in Schizocosa wolf spiders, Reed M. Stubbendieck, Anthony J. Zera, and Eileen A. Hebets

2012

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A robust new metric of phenotypic distance to estimate and compare multiple trait differences among populations, Rebecca Safran, Samuel Flaxman, Michael Kopp, Darren E. Irwin, Derek Briggs, Matthew R. Evans, W. Chris Funk, David A. Gray, Eileen A. Hebets, Nathalie Seddon, Elizabeth Scordato, Laurel B. Symes, Joseph A. Tobias, David P.L. Toews, and J. Albert C. Uy

2011

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More Ornamented Males Exhibit Increased Predation Risk and Antipredatory Escapes, but not Greater Mortality, Kasey D. Fowler-Finn and Eileen Hebets

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The degree of response to increased predation risk corresponds to male secondary sexual traits, Kasey Fowler-Finn and Eileen Hebets

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Current Status and Future Directions of Research in Complex Signaling, Eileen Hebets

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Chemical Communication in a Multimodal Context, Eileen A. Hebets and Aaron S. Rundus

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Enigmatic Ornamentation Eases Male Reliance on Courtship Performance for Mating Success, Eileen Hebets, Jay A. Stafstrom, Rafael L. Rodriguez, and Dustin J. Wilgers

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Females Are Choosier in the Dark: Environment-Dependent Reliance on Courtship Components and Its Impact on Fitness, Aaron S. Rundus, Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Dustin J. Wilgers, and Eileen Hebets

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Evidence for Air Movement Signals in the Agonistic Behaviour of a Nocturnal Arachnid (Order Amblypygi), Roger D. Santer and Eileen A. Hebets

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Complex courtship displays facilitate male reproductive success and plasticity in signaling across variable environments, Dustin Wilgers and Eileen Hebets

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A sticky situation: Solifugids (Arachnida, Solifugae) use adhesive organs on their pedipalps for prey capture, Rodrigo H. Willemart, Roger D. Santer, Andrew J. Spence, and Eileen Hebets

2010

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Female mate choice based upon male motor performance, John Byers, Eileen Hebets, and Jeffrey Podos

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A signal-substrate match in the substrate-borne component of a multimodal courtship display, Damian O. Elias, Andrew C. Mason, and Eileen Hebets

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Mate Choice and Learning, Eileen Hebets and Laura Sullivan-Beckers

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Multimodal courtship efficacy of Schizocosa retrorsa wolf spiders: Implications of an additional signal modality, Aaron S. Rundus, Roger D. Santer, and Eileen Hebets

2009

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Costs and benefits of freezing behavior in the harvestman Eumesosoma roeweri (Arachnida, Opiliones), Marie-Claire Chelini, Rodrigo H. Willemart, and Eileen Hebets

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Prey capture by the whip spider Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch, Roger D. Santer and Eileen Hebets

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Tactile learning by a whip spider, Phrynus marginemaculatus C. L. Koch (Arachnida, Amblypygi), Roger D. Santer and Eileen Hebets

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Courtship effort is a better predictor of mating success than ornamentation for male wolf spiders, Paul S. Shamble, Dustin J. Wilgers, Katharine A. Swoboda, and Eileen Hebets

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Condition-dependent alternative mating tactics in a sexually cannibalistic wolf spider, Dustin J. Wilgers, Amy C. Nicholas, David H. Reed, Gail E. Stratton, and Eileen Hebets

2008

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Seismic signal dominance in the multimodal courtship display of the wolf spider Schizocosa stridulans Stratton 1991, Eileen Hebets

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Substrate-dependent signaling success in the wolf spider, Schizocosa retrorsa, Eileen Hebets, Damian O. Elias, Andrew C. Mason, Gary L. Miller, and Gail E. Stratton

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Diet influences mate choice selectivity in adult female wolf spiders, Eileen Hebets, Jennifer Wesson, and Paul S. Shamble

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Agonistic signals received by an arthropod filiform hair allude to the prevalence of near-field sound communication, Roger D. Santer and Eileen Hebets

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Supplementary Material: Agonistic signals received by an arthropod filiform hair allude to the prevalence of near-field sound communication, Roger D. Santer and Eileen Hebets

2007

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A Review of Leg Ornamentation in Male Wolf Spiders, with the Description of a New Species from Australia, Artoria schizocoides (Araneae, Lycosidae), Volker W. Framenau and Eileen Hebets

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SUBADULT FEMALE EXPERIENCE DOES NOT INFLUENCE SPECIES RECOGNITION IN THE WOLF SPIDER SCHIZOCOSA UETZI STRATTON 1997, Eileen Hebets

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Experience leads to preference: experienced females prefer brush-legged males in a population of syntopic wolf spiders, Eileen Hebets and Cor J. Vink

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Cross-modal effects on learning: a seismic stimulus improves color discrimination learning in a jumping spider, Nicole D. VanderSal and Eileen Hebets

2006

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Female preference for complex/novel signals in a spider, Damian O. Elias, Eileen Hebets, and Ronald R. Hoy

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REGIONAL SEISMIC SONG DIFFERENCES IN SKY ISLAND POPULATIONS OF THE JUMPING SPIDER HABRONATTUS PUGILLIS GRISWOLD (ARANEAE, SALTICIDAE), Damian O. Elias, Eileen Hebets, Ronald R. Hoy, Wayne P. Maddison, and Andrew C. Mason

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Seismic signal production in a wolf spider: parallel versus serial multi-component signals, Damian O. Elias, Norman Lee, Eileen Hebets, and Andrew Mason

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AN EXAMINATION OF AGONISTIC INTERACTIONS IN THE WHIP SPIDER PHRYNUS MARGINEMACULATUS (ARACHNIDA, AMBLYPYGI), Kasey D. Fowler-Finn and Eileen Hebets

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The Role of Visual Ornamentation in Female Choice of a Multimodal Male Courtship Display, Eileen Hebets, K. Cuasay, and P. K. Rivlin

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ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF GIANT NEURONS IN THE ANTENNIFORM LEG OF THE AMBLYPYGID PHRYNUS MARGINEMACULATUS, A. J. Spence and Eileen Hebets

2005

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Seismic signals are crucial for male mating success in a visual specialist jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae), Damian O. Elias, Eileen Hebets, Ronald R. Hoy, and Andrew C. Mason

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Attention-altering signal interactions in the multimodal courtship display of the wolf spider Schizocosa uetzi, Eileen Hebets

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Xenophilic mating preferences among populations of the jumping spider Habronattus pugillis Griswold, Eileen Hebets and Wayne P. Maddison

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Complex signal function: Developing a framework of testable hypotheses, Eileen Hebets and Daniel R. Papaj

2003

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Subadult experience influences adult mate choice in an arthropod: Exposed female wolf spiders prefer males of a familiar phenotype, Eileen Hebets

2002

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Relating the unique sensory system of amblypygids to the ecology and behavior of Phrynus parvulus from Costa Rica (Arachnida, Amblypygi), Eileen Hebets

2001

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Sensory Biology of Whip Spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi), Ranier Foelix and Eileen Hebets

2000

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Electrophysiological studies of olfaction in the whip spider Phrynus parvulus (Arachnida, Amblypygi), Eileen Hebets and Reginald F. Chapman

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Surviving the flood: plastron respiration in the non-tracheate arthropod Phrynus marginemaculatus (Amblypygi: Arachnida), Eileen Hebets and Reginald F. Chapman

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Leg ornamentation and the efficacy of courtship display in four species of wolf spider (Araneae: Lycosidae), Eileen Hebets and George W. Uetz

1999

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Female responses to isolated signals from multimodal male courtship displays in the wolf spider genus Schizocosa (Araneae: Lycosidae), Eileen Hebets and George W. Uetz

1998

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Geographical variation in male courtship behavior and sexual isolation in wolf spiders of the genus Schizocosa, Gary L. Miller, Gary L. Stratton, Patricia R. Miller, and Eileen Hebets

1996

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HABITAT AND COURTSHIP BEHAVIOR OF THE WOLF SPIDER SCHIZOCOSA RETRORSA (BANKS) (ARANEAE, LYCOSIDAE), Eileen Hebets, Gail E. Stratton, and Gary Miller

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PATTERN AND DURATION OF COPULATION IN WOLF SPIDERS (ARANEAE, LYCOSIDAE), Gail E. Stratton, Eileen Hebets, Patricia R. Miller, and Gary L. Miller