Natalie on starling evolution at Evolution2016

Evolution2016: Grad student Natalie Hofmeister gave a talk on how birds cope with and adapt to environmental variability, titled “Environmental fluctuations influence the evolution of the glucocorticoid receptor in African starlings.” She found that starling lineages that experience greater variance in rainfall show lower rates of substitution in this stress …

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Ben and Maria are Merrill Presidential Scholars

Ben and Maria are Merrill Presidential Scholars: congratulations to seniors Ben Van Doren and Maria Smith for being honored today as Merrill Presidential Scholars, which means that among other leadership contributions and accomplishments they each rank academically in the top 1% of their soon-to-be graduating class. A super-neat aspect of …

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Expanding Your Horizons outreach

Graduate students Petra Deane-Coe, Stepfanie Aguillon, and Natalie Hofmeister led a workshop in ornithology and evolution for 9th-grade girls from across New York as part of Cornell’s Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference this past Saturday. Stepfanie managed a hands-on bird-banding demonstration while lab members Jen Walsh, Dave Toews, and Sahas Barve …

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New paper on goose phylogeography and conservation

New paper on goose phylogeography and conservation: In this paper, visiting researcher Cecilia Kopuchian (Centro de Ecología Aplicada del Litoral, Argentina) and Leo Campagna from our lab use genomic data to explore the history of colonization of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands by the Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta) and the Ruddy-headed Goose …

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