Lic. Camila Miravalles Stasta

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Since I can remember I have loved nature and felt an exciting madness to understand the reason for everything. I have always been curious about animal behavior and the evolution of cognition and sociality. I participated in several volunteer activities while doing my degree in which I acquired different tools to study and work with different species, from birds to mammals. I am currently doing my PhD on mimetic communication in a parasite-host system, in which the Screaming Cowbird is a breeding parasite specific to the Grayish Baywing and presents adaptations such as visual and vocal mimicry of juveniles. The work is being carried out in collaboration with the Laboratory of Dynamic Systems of the Department of Physics. We use a non-linear dynamic equations system to describe the movements of the syrinx. We use it to synthesize juveniles vocalizations and look for the key characteristics in them to study a possible sensory exploitation used by Screaming Cowbird fledglings when they produce begging calls to Grayish Baywing adults.