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Profile: Miranda Dyson

Miranda Dyson

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Dr Miranda Dyson is a Senior Lecturer in Biology at The Open University.

My research interests are in animal behaviour and communication. I have worked on several species of frogs (in South Africa, America and England) looking at reproductive behaviour. During the breeding season male frogs use vocalizations to attract females and females use male calls to choose among potential mating partners. My work has aimed at determining what aspects of male vocal signals females attend to when choosing a mate and also  how males compete with each other for access to females. I have also worked on fiddler crabs both in South Africa and Australia. Unlike frogs, fiddler crabs communicate mainly through visual cues. Males have an often brightly coloured enlarged claw which they use  to attract females (by waving at them) and to fight with other males. My interest is figuring out how females choose among males using these visual signals (male claw colour and wave characteristics). I am currently working on bumblebees on a floodplain meadow which are the main pollinators of the snakeshead fritillary. I also continue to work on fiddler crabs.

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Miranda Dyson's research

Miranda Lorraine Dyson and Patricia R.Y. Backwell (2016-07-20) Alternative mating tactics and male mating success in two species of fiddler crab, In Behaviour 12(153)

Miranda Lorraine Dyson, Michael S. Rheichert and Timothy R. Halliday (2013-05) Contests in amphibians, Cambridge University Press

Miranda Lorraine Dyson (2010-03) Courtship behaviour, CAB International Publishing

Miranda Lorraine Dyson (2008-01) Factors Affecting Mating Tactics in the Fiddler Crab, Uca vocans hesperiae, In Ethology 1(114)

Jerry Lea, Timothy R. Halliday and Miranda Lorraine Dyson (2003) The mating strategy of Alytes muletensis: some males are less ready to mate than females, In Amphibia-Reptilia 2(24)

Miranda Lorraine Dyson and H. C. Gerhardt (2002) Decoding the frog chorus, Oxford University Press

Jerry Lea, Miranda Lorraine Dyson and Timothy R. Halliday (2002) Phonotaxis to advertisement calls by midwife toads (Alytes muletensis) is not necessarily related to mating, In Amphibia-Reptilia 2(23)

Jeremy Lea, Miranda Lorraine Dyson and Timothy R. Halliday (2001-02) Calling by male midwife toads stimulates females to maintain reproductive condition, In Animal Behaviour 2(61)

Jeremy Lea, Timothy R. Halliday and Miranda Lorraine Dyson (2000-10) Reproductive stage and history affect the phonotactic preferences of female midwife toads, Alytes muletensis, In Animal Behaviour 4(60)

Miranda Lorraine Dyson (2000) Environmental variation: the effects on vertebrate mating systems with special reference to ectotherms, In Proceedings of the 14th course of the International School of Ethology, World Scientific

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