Zena Casteel

Graduate Student, ELSO Writing and Presenting Tutor


Zena Casteel is a graduate peer tutor pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior, and her research is focused on how vocal signals could lead to speciation in Song Sparrows. She feels comfortable working with research papers, grant applications, abstract submissions, and essays, and particularly enjoys working on presentations. 

Research Focus

I am broadly interested in the interaction between vocal behavior and evolutionary processes, and as a lifelong birder I think songbirds are an excellent system for examining these interactions. My project currently focuses on song and bill morphology in the widespread, polytypic and vocally remarkable Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)