Rafael L. Rodríguez
Behavior and Evolution

substrate-borne vibrational communication
Campylenchia nymph (Hemiptera: Membracidae)
Cladonota adult (Hemiptera: Membracidae)
Entylia adults (Hemiptera: Membracidae)
Membracis mexicana (Hemiptera: Membracidae)
Red bat roosting on an treehopper host plant
Rafael L. Rodriguez, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
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Publications by Rafael L. Rodríguez

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2017

Fowler–Finn KD, Cruz DC & Rodríguez RL. 2017. Local population density and group composition influence the signal-preference relationship in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30, 13-25.

Kilmer JT & Rodríguez RL. 2017. Do structures with sexual contact functions evolve negative static allometries? A case study with the harvestman Leiobunum vittatum (Opiliones Sclerosomatidae). Ecology, Ethology & Evolution 29(1), 64-73.

Kilmer JT & Rodríguez RL. 2017. Ordinary least squares regression is indicated for studies of allometry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30, 4-12.

2016

Fowler–Finn KD & Rodríguez RL. 2016. The causes of variation in the presence of genetic covariance between sexual traits and preferences. Biological Reviews 91, 498–510.

Mendelson TC, Fitzpatrick CL, Hauber ME, Pence CH, Rodríguez RL, Safran RJ, Stern CA & Stevens JR. 2016. Cognitive phenotypes and the evolution of animal decisions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31, 850-859.

Rebar D & Rodríguez RL. 2016. Males adjust their signalling behaviour according to experience of male signals and male–female signal duets. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29, 766–776.

2015

Fowler–Finn KD, Kilmer JT, Hallett AC & Rodríguez RL. 2015. Variation in signal–preference genetic correlations in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Ecology and Evolution 5(14), 2774-2786.

Rebar D & Rodríguez RL. 2015. Insect mating signal and mate preference phenotypes covary among host plant genotypes. Evolution 69-3, 602–610.

Rodríguez RL, Araya–Salas M, Gray DA,Reichert MS, Symes LB, Wilkins MR, Safran RJ & Höbel G. 2015. How acoustic signals scale with individual body size: common trends across diverse taxa. Behavioral Ecology 26, 168–177.

Rodríguez RL, Briceño RD, Briceño-Aguilar E & Höbel G. 2015. Nephila clavipes spiders (Araneae: Nephilidae) keep track of captured prey counts: testing for a sense of numerosity in an orb-weaver. Animal Cognition 18, 307–314.

Rodríguez RL, Burger MG, Wojcinski JE & Kilmer JT. 2015. Vibrational Signals and Mating Behavior of Japanese Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 108(6), 986–992.

Rodríguez RL, Cramer JD, Schmitt CA, Gaetano TJ, Grobler JP, Freimer NB & Turner TR. 2015. Adult age confounds estimates of static allometric slopes in a vertebrate. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 27(4), 412–421.

Rodríguez RL, Cramer JD, Schmitt CA, Gaetano TJ, Grobler JP, Freimer NB & Turner TR. 2015. The static allometry of sexual and non–sexual traits in vervet monkeys. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114, 527–537.

2014

Fowler–Finn KD, Al–Wathiqui N, Al–Wathiqui M, Cruz D, & Rodríguez RL. 2014. Male Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) vary mate-searching behavior but not signaling behavior in response to spider silk. Naturwissenschaften 101, 211–220.

Rebar D & Rodríguez RL. 2014. Genetic variation in host plants influences the mate preferences of a plant-feeding insect. The American Naturalist 184, 489-499.

Rebar D & Rodríguez RL. 2014. Trees to treehoppers: genetic variation in host plants contributes to variation in the mating signals of a plant- feeding insect. Ecology Letters 17, 203-210.

2013

Bailey NW, Fowler-Finn KD, Rebar D, & Rodríguez RL. 2013. Green symphonies or wind in the willows? Testing acoustic communication in plants. Behavioral Ecology 24, 797-798.

Fowler–Finn KD & Rodríguez RL. 2013. Repeatability of mate preference functions in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Animal Behaviour 85, 493-499.

Gabor CR, Aspbury AS & Rodríguez RL. 2013. Geographic variation in behaviour: an introduction. Evolutionary Ecology Research 15, 601–604.

Rebar D & Rodríguez RL. 2013. Genetic variation in social influence on mate preferences. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280, 20130803.

Rodríguez RL. 2013. Causes of variation in genotype × environment interaction. Evolutionary Ecology Research 15, 733–746.

Rodríguez RL, Boughman JW, Gray DA, Hebets EA, Höbel G & Symes LB. 2013. Diversification under sexual selection: the relative roles of mate preference strength and the degree of divergence in mate preferences. Ecology Letters 16, 964–974.

Rodríguez RL, Hallett J, Kilmer T & Fowler-Finn K. 2013. Curves as traits: genetic and environmental variation in mate preference functions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 434-442.

Rodríguez RL, Kolodziej RC & Höbel G. 2013. Memory of prey larders in golden orb-web spiders, Nephila clavipes (Araneae: Nephilidae). Behaviour 150, 1345-1356.

Rodríguez RL, Rebar D & Fowler–Finn KD. 2013. The evolution and evolutionary consequences of social plasticity in mate preferences. Animal Behaviour 85, 1041-1047.

Safran RJ, Scordato ESC, Symes LB, Rodríguez RL & Mendelson TC. 2013. Contributions of natural and sexual selection to the evolution of premating reproductive isolation: a research agenda. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 1743, 643-650.

2012

Fowler–Finn KD & Rodríguez RL. 2012. Experience–mediated plasticity in mate preference functions: mating assurance in a variable environment. Evolution 66, 459-468.

Fowler–Finn KD & Rodríguez RL. 2012. The evolution of experience-mediated plasticity in mate preferences. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 1855-1863.

Rebar D, Höbel G & Rodríguez RL. 2012. Vibrational playback by means of airborne stimuli. The Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 3513-3518.

Rodríguez RL. 2012. Grain of environment explains variation in the strength of genotype 3 environment interaction. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 1897-1901.

Rodríguez RL & Al–Wathiqui N. 2012. Causes of variation in sexual allometry: a case study with the mating signals and genitalia of Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera Membracidae). Ethology Ecology & Evolution 24, 187-197.

Rodríguez RL & Al–Wathiqui N. 2012. Genotype × environment interaction in the allometry of traits in the body, genitalia, and signals of Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105, 187-196.

Rodríguez RL, Haen C, Cocroft RB & Fowler–Finn KD. 2012. Males adjust signaling effort based on cues arising from expression of female mate preferences. Behavioral Ecology 23, 1218-1225.

2011

Al–Wathiqui N & Rodríguez RL. 2011. Allometric slopes not underestimated by OLS regression: a case study in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104, 562-566.

Hebets EA, Stafstrom JA, Rodríguez RL & Wilgers DJ. 2011. Enigmatic ornamentation eases male reliance on courtship performance for mating success. Animal Behaviour 81, 963–972.

Rodríguez RL & Al–Wathiqui N. 2011. Genotype × environment interaction is weaker in genitalia than in mating signals and body traits in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Genetica 139, 871-884.

Rodríguez RL & Gloudeman MD. 2011. Estimating the repeatability of memories of captured prey formed by Frontinella communis spiders (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Animal Cognition 14, 675-682.

2010

Cocroft RB, Rodríguez RL & Hunt RE. 2010. Host shifts and signal divergence: mating signals covary with host use in a complex of specialized plant-feeding insects. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99, 60-72.

2009

Eberhard WG, Rodríguez RL & Polihronakis M. 2009. Pitfalls in understanding the functional significance of genital allometry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 435-445.

Rodríguez RL. 2009. Trait duplication by means of sensory bias. Behavioral Ecology 20, 1376-1381.

2008

Rodríguez RL, Sullivan LM, Snyder RL & Cocroft RB. 2008. Host shifts and the beginning of signal divergence. Evolution 62, 12-20.

2006

Rodríguez RL & Cocroft RB. 2006. Divergence in female duetting signals in the Enchenopa binotata species complex of treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Ethology 112, 1231-1238.

Rodríguez RL, Ramaswamy K & Cocroft RB. 2006. Evidence that female preferences have shaped male signal evolution in a clade of specialized plant-feeding insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273, 2585-2593.

2005

Cocroft RB & Rodríguez RL. 2005. The behavioral ecology of insect vibrational communication. BioScience 55,
323-334.

Rodríguez RL, Schul J, Cocroft R & Greenfield MD. 2005. The contribution of tympanic transmission to fine temporal signal evaluation in an ultrasonic moth. Journal of Experimental Biology 208, 4159-4165. Link to Journal of Experimental Biology.

2004

Greenfield MD & Rodríguez RL. 2004. Genotype-environment interaction and the reliability of mating signals. Animal Behaviour 68, 1461-1468.

Rodríguez RL & Greenfield MD. 2004. Behavioural context regulates dual function of ultrasonic hearing in lesser waxmoths: bat avoidance and pair formation. Physiological Entomology 29, 159-168.

Rodríguez RL & Snedden WA. 2004. On the functional design of receiver bias and mate choice. Animal Behaviour 68, 427-432.

Rodríguez RL, Sullivan LE & Cocroft RB. 2004. Vibrational communication and reproductive isolation in the Enchenopa binotata species complex of treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Evolution 58, 571-578.

2003

Rodríguez RL & Greenfield MD. 2003. Genetic variance and phenotypic plasticity in a component of female mate choice in an ultrasonic moth. Evolution 57, 1304 – 1313.

2000

Rodríguez RL. 2000. On the fore legs of seed bugs (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae): aggression and allometric scaling in Scolopostethus affinis Schilling. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 73, 6-10.

Rodríguez RL & Gamboa E. 2000. Memory of captured prey in three web spiders (Araneae: Araneidae, Linyphiidae, Tetragnathidae). Animal Cognition 3, 91 – 97.

1999

Eberhard WG, Huber BA & Rodríguez RL. 1999. Don’t forget the biology: a reply to Green. Evolution 53, 1624-1627.

Rodríguez RL. 1999. Male and female mating behavior in two Ozophora bugs (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 72, 137-148.

Rodríguez RL. 1999. Spermatophore transfer and ejection in the beetle Pseudoxychila tarsalis (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 72, 1-9.

1998

Eberhard WG, Huber BA, Rodríguez RL, Salas I, Briceño RD & Rodríguez V. 1998. One size fits all? Relationships between the size and degree of variation in genitalia and other body parts in twenty species of insects and spiders. Evolution 52, 415-431.

Rodríguez RL. 1998. Copulation, fighting behavior and life cycle of Neopamera bilobata (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Revista de Biología Tropical 46, 837-840.

Rodríguez RL. 1998. Mating behavior of two Pseudoxychila beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Canadian Entomologist 130, 735-750.

Rodríguez RL. 1998. Possible female choice during copulation in Ozophora baranowskii (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae): female behavior, multiple copulations, and sperm transfer. Journal of Insect Behavior 11, 725-741.

1997

Rodríguez RL. 1997. Notes on the natural history of two Ozophora bugs (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) in Costa Rica. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 70, 203-206.

1995

Rodríguez RL. 1995. Male courtship behaviour in Phaleria gracili­pes (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Entomologists’ Monthly Magazine 131, 41-45.

1994

Rodríguez RL & Eberhard WG. 1994. Male courtship before and during copulation in two species of Xyonysius bugs (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 67, 37-45.

Book Chapter

2015

Rodríguez RL. Chapter 18. Mating Is a Give-and-Take of Influence and Communication Between the Sexes. pp. 479-496 IN: Cryptic Female Choice in Arthropods: Patterns, Mechanisms and Prospects. Springer. (Peretti AV & Aisenberg A, eds.).

2014

Rodríguez RL & Barbosa F. Chapter 9: Mutual Behavioral Adjustment in Vibrational Duetting. pp. 147-169 IN: Studying Vibrational Communication. Springer. (Cocroft RB, Gogala M, Hill P.S.M & Wessel A, eds.).

2008

Cocroft RB, Rodríguez RL & Hunt RE. Host shifts, the evolution of communication and speciation in the Enchenopa binotata complex of treehoppers. pp. 88-100 IN: Specialization, speciation, and radiation: the evolutionary biology of herbivorous insects. University of California Press. (K Tilmon, ed.).

Public Outreach Essays

1994

Rodríguez, RL. Control biológico de mosquitos: una estrategia contra el dengue. La República Junio 19, p. 20A

1993

Rodríguez, RL. Selección Natural y Conservación. La Nación Sept. 19, p. 16A

Rodríguez, RL. Selección Natural y Conservación de Recursos Naturales. Semanario Universidad Aug. 6, p. 16

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