Kelly Ronald—a fellow on the Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity training grant through the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior and a postdoctoral fellow in the Hurley lab—was presented the Walter Clyde Allee Award at the annual convention of the Animal Behavior Society. The award was for her work on multimodal communication in brown-headed cowbirds—a study performed while she was a graduate student at Purdue University where she was co-advised by Esteban Fernandez-Juricic and Jeff Lucas. Ronald's talk at the convention was titled "Is mate choice in the eye and ear of the beholder? Multimodal sensory configuration shapes mating preferences."
The Walter Clyde Allee Award is an early-career award for the best paper in animal behavior.