David Steinberg, Ph.D.

UNC SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow


Ph.D. in Biology (2015)
Duke University; Durham

B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (2008)
Vanderbilt University

The Organization for Tropical Studies
Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach

Council for International Educational Exchange
Tropical Ecology and Evolution

Research Interests

  • Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology
  • Sensory Ecology of Animal Visual Signals
  • Visual Physiology
  • Herpetology and Field Biology
  • Educational Methodologies


Steinberg, D.S., and M. Leal. 2016. Visual motion detection and habitat preference in Anolis lizards.  Journal of Comparative Physiology A 202(11): 783–790.

Fleishman, L.J., B. Ogas, D.S. Steinberg, and M. Leal. 2016. Why do Anolis dewlaps glow? An analysis of a translucent visual signal. Functional Ecology 30: 345–355.

Steinberg, D.S., J.B. Losos, T.W. Schoener, D.A. Spiller, J.J. Kolbe, and M. Leal. 2014. Predation-associated modulation of movement-based signals by a Bahamian lizard. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111: 9187–9192.

Steinberg, D.S., and M. Leal. 2013. Sensory system properties predict signal modulation in a tropical lizard. Animal Behaviour 85: 623–629.

Steinberg, D.S., S.D. Powell, R. Powell, J.S. Parmerlee, Jr., and R.W. Henderson. 2007. Population densities, water loss rates, and diets of Sphaerodactylus vincenti on St. Vincent, West Indies.  Journal of Herpetology 41: 326–332.

Steinberg, D.S., J.L. Hite, and R. Powell. 2007. Sphaerodactylus vincenti. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 853: 1–6.

Hite, J.L., D.S. Steinberg, and R. Powell. 2007. Sphaerodactylus kirbyi. Catalogue of American
Amphibians and Reptiles 852: 1–2.

Last edited 12.01.2017