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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, Curator of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium

R. Haven Wiley
(b. 14 June 1943)


The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued 32 vascular plant specimens collected by R. Haven Wiley.

Though better known for his work on animal behavior, especially complex social behavior and communication in birds, Dr. Wiley has interests in all aspects of natural history.  The specimens he deposited in NCU – all ferns – were collected between 1956 and 1964 in his home state of Kentucky.  “My uncle was a rather well-known pteridologist, Herb Wagner [Warren Herbert Wagner, Ph.D., 1920-2000].  He and I would botanize together.  I found and identified all these specimens myself, but Uncle Herb confirmed my identifications.”

Haven Wiley graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Biology in 1965, then earned a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at Rockefeller University in New York, New York in 1970.  He joined the faculty to of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and retired from that institution in 2011.  He and his spouse, Minna, are active in many conservation organizations including the Triangle Land Conservancy, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, New Hope Audubon Society, and Breeding Bird Surveys.  

R. Haven Wiley
1961, J. M. Atherton High School yearbook “The Torch,” Louisville, Kentucky

PUBLICATIONS (partial list)
Wiley, R. H. 2017.  How noise determines the evolution of communication.  Animal Behaviour 124:  307-313.
Mincancin, J. P. and R. H. Wiley.  2014.  Allometric convergence, acoustic character displacement, and species recognition in the syntopic cricket frogs Acris crepitans and A. gryllus.  Evolutionary Biology 41:  425-438.
Wiley, R. H.  2013.  Signal detection, noise and the evolution of communication.  IN H. Brumm, ed.  Animal Communication and Noise.  Springer.  Pp. 7-30.
Wiley, R. H.  2013.  A receiver-signaler equilibrium in the evolution of communication in noise.  Behaviour (special issue in honor of R. H. Wiley, The Evolution of Animal Communication, M. Naguib and J. Price, editors)  150:  957-993.
Moseley, D. L. and R. H. Wiley.  2013.  Individual differences in the vocalizations of the Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus), a suboscine bird of neotropical forests.  Behaviour 150:  1107-1128. 
Wollerman, L. and R. H. Wiley.  2002.  Possibilities for error during communication by Neotropical frogs in a complex acoustic environment.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiolgy 52:  465-473.
Wollerman, L. and R. H. Wiley.  2002.  Background noise from a natural chorus alters female discrimination of male calls in a Neotropical frog.  Animal Behaviour 63:  15-22. 
Goddard, Renee and Haven Wiley.  1994. 
Dear Enemy” Notes:  A neighbor’s song means more than music to a hooded warbler’s ears.  Natural History May 1994:  36-40.



R. Haven Wiley in his preferred habitat.



University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931


Last Updated: July 26, 2017