HeatherPenney.jpgDr. David W Kikuchi


Email dwkikuchi [at] gmail.com
Telephone @ Lab +1 613 520 2600 (ext. 3866)
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Research Interests

I am a postdoc at Carleton University. My research interests span evolutionary and behavioral ecology. I study the process of adaptation, focusing on traits that prey species evolve to avoid predators. The paradigm that I have investigated most is mimicry, where one organism evolves a resemblance to another because of the selective benefits of sharing an appearance to mutual predators. I am interested in why mimicry is often imperfect, how mimicry arises from non-mimetic phenotypes, and how mimetic phenotypes are produced on a proximate level. These questions often entail studying the cognitive and perceptual systems of predators as well. I use field experiments, mathematical models, and a little wet lab work to address these issues.

More information can be found in my Curriculum Vitae, or by clicking on the links to the left.

Titcomb, G. C., D. W. Kikuchi, and D. W. Pfennig. in press. More than mimicry? Evaluating scope for flicker-fusion as a defensive strategy in coral snake mimics. Current Zoology

Kikuchi, D. W., B. W. Seymoure, and D. W. Pfennig. in press. Mimicry's palette: widespread use of conserved pigments in the aposematic signals of snakes. Evolution & Development.

Kikuchi, D. W. and D. W. Pfennig. 2013. Imperfect mimicry and the limits of natural selection. Quarterly Review of Biology 88:297-315. 

Pfennig, D. W. and D. W. Kikuchi. 2012. Life imperfectly imitates life [News & Views regarding Penney et al.]. Nature 483:410-411.

Pfennig, D. W. and D. W. Kikuchi. 2012. Competition and the evolution of imperfect mimicry. Current Zoology 58:608-619 .

Kikuchi, D. W. and D. W. Pfennig. 2012. A Batesian mimic and its model share color production mechanisms. Current Zoology 58:658-667 .

Kikuchi, D. W. and D. W. Pfennig. 2012. Mimicry. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kikuchi, D. W. and D. W. Pfennig. 2010. Predator cognition permits imperfect coral snake mimicry. American Naturalist 176:830-834 .

Kikuchi, D. W. and D. W. Pfennig. 2010. High model abundance may permit the gradual evolution of Batesian mimicry: an experimental test. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:1041-1048 .

Kikuchi, D. W. 2009. Terrestrial and understorey insectivorous birds of a Peruvian cloud forest: species richness, abundance, density, territory size and biomass. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25:523-529.

Kikuchi, D. W., E. Lasso, J. W. Dalling, and N. Nur. 2007. Pollinators and Pollen Dispersal of Piper dilatatum (Piperaceae) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:603-606 .

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