Education: Postdoc University of Utah, 2007-2008
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, 2007
B.A. Duke University, 1999
Office: Copley 122
BIOL 121 Integrative Biology I
BIOL 260 Vertebrate Field Biology
BIOL 309 Animal Behavior
BIOL 335 Evolution and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
BIOL 480 Evolutionary Biology
FYEC 233 Mad Scientists
Our research focuses on evolution and speciation in two groups of birds: Darwin’s
finches and Prothonotary warblers. Work on Darwin’s finches has focused on the interplay
between beak morphology and song production. Specifically, we have examined how
selection on beaks might impact the kinds of songs that birds can produce. These
songs, in turn, function to attract mates and may lead to population divergence
between different beak morphs. In addition, we are part of a study to document the
effects of an introduced parasite, Philornis downsi, on Darwin’s finches.
We also study the evolution of multiple, sexually selected traits in Prothonotary
warblers on the James River. In this system we are particularly interested in the
evolution of song and plumage. Current projects include: 1) documenting the relationship
between song, plumage, and adult fitness; 2) documenting the relationship between
song, plumage, and “direct benefits” to females (such as provisioning of nestlings);
and 3) understanding the relationship between song, plumage, and immune function.
Koop, J.A.H., Huber, S.K., Laverty, S.M., and Clayton, D.H. 2011.Experimental demonstration
of the fitness consequences of an introduced parasite of Darwin's finches. PLoS
ONE6(5): e19706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019706
Huber, S.K., Owen, J.P., Koop, J.A.H., King, M.O., Grant, P.R., Grant, B.R., and
Clayton, D.H. 2010. Ecoimmunity in Darwin's finches: Invasive parasites trigger
acquired immunity in the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis). PLoS One
5(1): e8605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008605
Hendry, A.P., Huber, S.K., De Leon, L.F., Herrel, A., and Podos, J. 2008. Disruptive
selection in a bimodal population of Darwin’s finches. Proceedings of the Royal Society
B. Biological Sciences. 276:753-759.
Huber, S.K. 2008. Effects of the introduced parasite Philornis downsi on
nestling growth and mortality in Darwin’s finches. Biological Conservation
Huber, S.K., De Leon, L.F., Hendry, A.P., Bermingham, E., and Podos, J. 2007. Reproductive
isolation between sympatric morphs in a bimodal population of Darwin’s finches.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences 274: 1709-1714.
Huber SK, Podos J. 2006. Beak morphology and song features covary in a population
of Darwin’s finches (Geospiza fortis). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Herrel, A., Podos, J., Huber, S.K., and Hendry, A.P. 2005. Evolution of bite force
in Darwin's finches: a key role for head width. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
Herrel, A., Podos, J., Huber, S.K., and Hendry, A.P. 2005. Bite performance and
morphology in a population of Darwin's finches: implications for the evolution of
beak shape. Functional Ecology. 19: 43-48.
Podos, J., Huber, S.K., and Taft, B. 2004. Bird song: The interface of evolution
and mechanism. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 35:
Publications: Peer Reviewed Curricula
Huber, S.K. and Lemons, P.P. 2002. Threats to Biodiversity: A Case Study of Hawaiian
Birds. Nation al Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo,
State University of New York, NY.
Lemons, P.P. and Huber, S.K. 2001. Dr. Collins and the Case of the Mysterious Infection.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State
University of New York, NY.