Dr. Leonardo Campagna is a Research Associate in the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Leo’s research uses molecular tools, field ornithology methods, and the comparative analysis of vocalizations and coloration to study the evolution of avian systems, especially in the early stages of speciation. The majority of his work takes place in the Neotropics, with particular focus on an explosive radiation of finches in the genus Sporophila. Leo grew up in coastal Patagonia where his father is a marine mammal biologist and where Leo spent many formative summers helping out with studies of sea lions and elephant seals.
Dr. Natalia García is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Originally from Argentina, she is fascinated by bird song, a complex behavior that varies a lot across species. Her research focuses on answering questions related to the evolution of bird song, in particular how different factors promote or constrain song diversification. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab, she is comparing the genomes of pairs of species of Empidonax flycatchers that look almost identical and can only be identified by their songs. As vocalizations are innate in these species, she hopes to find areas of the genome that are related to differences in their songs.
Dr. Irby Lovette is the Fuller Professor of Ornithology and is Director of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he is also Associate Director for Academic Affairs. Irby has organized and taught nearly 25 international field courses in places like Kenya, Panama, Patagonia and Galapagos. His personal research involves the study of diversity, evolution, ecology, and behavior of birds and other animals. Back on campus, Irby regularly teaches Cornell’s introductory course in Evolutionary Biology, along with various graduate seminars and research courses.
Leo and Natalia will teach the 2019/2020 course.