Peggy Hill, PhD

Peggy Hill, PhD
Professor Emerita of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-2992 Oliphant Hall Room 330B

Education

PhD – University of Oklahoma MS – The University of Tulsa BS – The University of Tulsa

Bio

Peggy Hill is Professor Emerita of Biological Science. She is broadly trained as an ecologist and teacher. Her undergraduate degree is in education, and she taught math and science at the secondary level for 10 years. Her master's work on oak hybridization gave her training in evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics, and her interest in this work continues. Hill's PhD training included a combination of physiological and behavioral ecology to allow her to work in the overlap area between these two specializations. This background has allowed her to teach geometry and vertebrate anatomy, evolution and invertebrate zoology, and to work with students on varied questions they wish to pursue. Hill most enjoys working outside, whether it is in the prairie, forest or an Oklahoma stream, learning something new each day about the living world.

Research Interests

Animal Communication through Airborne and Substrate-borne Vibration
Biotremology
Mating Systems
Orthoptera
Foraging in Honeybees

Teaching Interests

Environmental Ethics and Conservation
Ecology
Animal Behavior
Physiological Ecology
Human Anatomy

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. and Andreas Wessel. 2016. Biotremology. Current Biology 26:R187-R191.

  • Golden, Timothy M. J. and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2016. The evolution of stridulatory communication in ants, revisited. Insectes Sociaux. doi: 10.1007/s00040-016-0470-6

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2015. DISPATCH: He’s giving me good vibrations. Current Biology 25(21): R1046–R1047.

  • Padhi, Abinash, Richard E. Young, Jr., Cara Hoffart, Trevor Sarratt, Jennifer Fancher, Michael Steffen and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2010. Investigating genetic relationships within the Gryllotalpidae: A molecular hypothesis. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 19:357-360.

  • Howard, Daniel R.and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2009. Grassland botanical structure influences lek spatial organization in Gryllotalpa major Saussure (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). American Midland Naturalist, 161:206-218.

  • Howard, Daniel R., Andrew C. Mason and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2008. Hearing and spatial behavior in Gryllotalpa major Saussure (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). The Journal of Experimental Biology, 211:3613-3618.

  • Howard, Daniel R. and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2007. The effect of fire on spatial distributions of male mating aggregations in Gryllotalpa major Saussure (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) at the Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma: Evidence of a fire-dependent species. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 80:51-64.

  • Howard, Daniel R. and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2006. Morphology and calling song characteristics in Gryllotalpa major (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Journal of Orthoptera Research, 15:53-57.

  • Barclay, Alexander, Richard W. Portman and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2005. Tracheal gills of the dobsonfly larvae, or hellgrammite Corydalus cornutus L. (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 78:181-185.

  • Hoffart, Cara, Kylie Jones and Peggy S. M. Hill. 2002. Comparative morphology of the stridulatory apparatus of the Gryllotalpidae (Orthoptera) of the continental United States. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 75:123-131.

  • Hill, Peggy S.M. and John R. Shadley. 2001. Talking back: sending soil vibration signals to lekking prairie mole cricket males. American Zoologist, 41:1200-1214.

    Shadley, J. R. and Hill, P. S. M. 2000. Talking back: sending soil vibration signals to lekking prairie mole cricket males. American Zoologist, 40:1207

  • Hill, Peggy S.M. 2001. Vibration and animal communication: a review. American Zoologist, 41:1135-1142.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2001. Vibration as a communication channel: a synopsis. American Zoologist, 41:1133-1134.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2000. Elements of the acoustic repertoire of the prairie mole cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae: Gryllotalpa major). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 73:95-102.

  • Hill, Peggy S.M. 1999. Lekking in Gryllotalpa major, the prairie mole cricket (Insecta: Gryllotalpidae). Ethology, 105:531-545.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 1998. Environmental and social influences on calling effort in the prairie mole cricket (Gryllotalpa major). Behavioral Ecology, 9:101-108.

  • Hill, P.S.M. and J.R. Shadley. 1997. Substrate vibration as a component of a calling song. Naturwissenschaften, 84:460-463.

  • Hill, Peggy Sue Morrison and Paul Buck. 1980. Interspecific hybridization in a natural oak population with particular regard to introgression. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 60:48-53.

  • Keane, K., and P. Hill. Redefining the Lek across a Broad Diversity of Lek-Like Systems. Animal Behaviour.
  • Howard, D., E. Joels, and P. Hill. Differential Effects of Grassland Disturbance on Closely Related Sympatric Species: Are ‘broad brush’ Management Policies Always the Best Approach?. Conservation Biology.

Conference Proceedings

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2003. Variation in surface openings for prairie mole cricket burrows. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals. July 27-30, 2003. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

  • Hill, P. Laudation for Drs. Matija Gogala, Andrej Čokl and Meta Virant Doberlet: On the Occasion of the Bestowal of the Insect Drummer Award 2015. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fűr allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie.

Books

  • Cocroft, R., Gogala, M., Hill, P. S.M., and Wessels, A. (eds.). 2014. Studying Vibrational Communication. Volume 3, in: Janik, E.M. and McGregor, P, eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). Berlin: Springer.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2008. Vibrational Communication in Animals. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

  • Hill, P., R. Lakes-Harlan, V. Mazzoni, P. Narins, M. Virant-Doberlet, and A. Wessel. “Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior II.”. Volume X, In: Janik, E.M. And McGregor, P, Eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). Berlin: Springer., Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Cocroft, R., Gogala, M., Hill, P. S.M and Wessels, A. 2014. Fostering research progress in a rapidly growing field. Chapter 1, in: Cocroft, R., Gogala, M., Hill, P. S.M and Wessels, A., eds. Studying Vibrational Communication. Volume 3, in: Janik, E.M. and McGregor, P, eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). Berlin: Springer.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2014. Stretching the paradigm or building a new? Development of a cohesive language for vibrational communication. Chapter 2, in: Cocroft, R., Gogala, M., Hill, P. S.M and Wessels, A., eds. Studying Vibrational Communication. Volume 3, in: Janik, E.M. and McGregor, P, eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). Berlin: Springer.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2010. Introduction. In: The Use of Vibrations in Communication: Properties, mechanisms and function across taxa. C. E. O’Connell-Rodwell (ed). pp. 1-8. Kerala, India: Research Signpost. (ISBN: 978-81-7895-451-6)

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. and Harrington Wells. 2003. Individual constancy to color by foraging honey bees. pp. 147-l55. Chapter 12. In: Exploring animal behavior in laboratory and field. B.J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa, eds. New York, Academic Press.

  • Wessel, A., H. Hoch, and P. Hill. “Biotremology: A Short History.”. Chapter 3, In: Hill, P. S.M., Lakes-Harlan, R., Mazzoni, V., Narins, P., Virant-Doberlet, M. and Wessels, A., Eds. Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior II. Volume X, In: Janik, E.M. And McGregor, P, Eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). B, Springer.
  • Hill, P., R. Lakes-Harlan, V. Mazzoni, P. Narins, M. Virant-Doberlet, and A. Wessel. “Quo Vadis, Biotremology?”. Chapter 1, In: Hill, P. S.M., Lakes-Harlan, R., Mazzoni, V., Narins, P., Virant-Doberlet, M. and Wessels, A., Eds. Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior II. Volume X, In: Janik, E.M. And McGregor, P, Eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). B, Springer.
  • Hill, P., and A. Wessel. “What Is Biotremology?”. Chapter 2, In: Hill, P. S.M., Lakes-Harlan, R., Mazzoni, V., Narins, P., Virant-Doberlet, M. and Wessels, A., Eds. Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior II. Volume X, In: Janik, E.M. And McGregor, P, Eds. Animal Signals and Communication (series). B, Springer.

Magazine/Trade Publications

  • Hill, Peggy. 2002. Ça vibre de partout! Pour la Science, Janvier/Avril: 64.

Invited Reviewed Articles

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2012. Do insect drummers actually drum? Studying vibrational communication across taxa. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fűr allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, 18: 603-611.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2009 How do animals use substrate-borne vibrations as an information source? (Invited review) Naturwissenschaften, 96:1355–1371.

Other

  • Hill, P. S. M. and J. R. Shadley. 2006. Variation in Gryllotalpa major burrow mouths: Why bother? Integrative and Comparative Biology, 46:e61.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2004. Vibrational communication. pp. 378-379, In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Marc Bekoff, ed. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press.

  • Hill, Peggy S. M. 2003. Review: Environmental Signal Processing and Adaptation. Heldmaier, G. & Werner, D. (eds.). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Ethology, 110:78-79.

  • Hill, P. S. M. 2003. Surface opening variations, dominant frequency and amplitude of song in the prairie mole cricket. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 43:846.

  • Fowler, E. and Hill, P. S. M. 2000. Individual identification of the prairie mole cricket, Gryllotalpa major. American Zoologist, 40:1018.

  • Brantley, S. and Hill, P. S. M. 2000. Lekking in Gryllotalpa major, the prairie mole cricket: a test of the “Hotshot” hypothesis. American Zoologist, 40:953-954.

  • Hoffart, C. and Hill, P. S. M. 2000. Morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses of Gryllotalpidae: which came first, the chirp or the trill? American Zoologist, 40:1060.

  • Shadley, J. R. and Hill, P. S. M. 2000. Talking back: sending soil vibration signals to lekking prairie mole cricket males. American Zoologist, 40:1207

  • Hill, P. S. M. 2000.Vibration and animal communication: a review. American Zoologist, 40:1057.

  • Hill, P.S.M. 1999. Lekking behavior in the prairie mole cricket. American Zoologist, 39:133 SI.

  • Hill, P.S.M. and J.R. Shadley. 1998. Substrate vibration as a component of a calling song. American Zoologist, 38:169A

  • Hill, P.S.M. 1997. Calling effort in the prairie mole cricket, Gryllotalpa major. American Zoologist, 37:96A.

  • Hill, P.S.M. 1997. Lekking behaviour in the prairie mole cricket, Gryllotalpa major. Advances in Ethology, 32:210.

  • Hill, P. Reproductive Ecology of Gryllotalpa Major (prairie Mole Cricket). The University of Oklahoma, 1996.
  • Hill, P.S.M. 1996. The communication repertoire of the prairie mole cricket. American Zoologist, 36:92A.

  • Hill, P. S. 1993. Reproductive behavior in the prairie mole cricket, Gryllotalpa major, (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). American Zoologist, 33:104A.

  • Hill, P. A Study of Interspecific Hybridization in a Natural Oak Population With Particular Regard to Introgression. The University of Tulsa, 1977.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Orthopterists’ Society
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (formerly American Society of Zoologists)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
  • Sigma Xi
  • Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • International Society for Behavioral Ecologists
  • Animal Behavior Society

Awards & Honors

  • Minority Award for Outstanding Contribution to Multiculturalism
  • Lewis M. Duncan Outstanding Advisor Award
  • Nominee for Outstanding Teacher
  • Faculty Member of the Year
  • Insect Drummer Award
  • Medicine Wheel Award
  • Engineering and Natural Sciences College Faculty Member of the Year
  • Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award