Research in the Luther lab at George Mason University focuses on behavioral ecology and Research in the Luther lab at George Mason University focuses on behavioral ecology and conservation biology. We investigate how species respond to their surrounding environment and alterations to those environments. Our research currently has three main themes; the influence of background noise on the evolution of acoustic communication, the ecology, evolution, and conservation of terrestrial species dependent upon salt marsh and mangrove habitats, and assessing the impact of conservation actions on the population trends of threatened and endangered species.