Welcome to the Bernal Lab website!
We are a group of behavioral and sensory ecologists studying the ecology and evolution of animal communication focusing on frogs and flies. We are particularly interested in frog-biting midges and mosquitoes that eavesdrop on the calls of frogs. We integrate multiple levels of analysis -- mechanisms (neuroethology) and function (behavior and parasitology) -- to investigate the evolutionary ecology of eavesdropping enemies and their victims. Our research also examines current challenges confronted by frogs due to anthropogenic environmental changes.