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Margaret A. Swisher

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I am interested in interspecific vocal communication, and how communication is influenced by the environment. My dissertation focuses on anti-predator alarm calls of California ground squirrels. I am examining whether squirrels recognize different types of predators or different levels of threat that predators represent. I am also examining geographic variation in the alarm calls (also known as regional dialect). In the future I would like to study how climate change is affecting biogeography