Nicholas Mason

Nick is interested in understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes that drive speciation and diversification, specifically in birds. Nick uses molecular tools to study phylogeography, population genetics, and local adaptations. For his dissertation, Nick is focused on studying phylogeography, species limits, and conservation genetics within the Horned Lark—a widespread, highly variable songbird. Nick also enjoys studying trait evolution and diversification above the species level, which is reflected by his previous work as a master’s student in Kevin Burns’s lab.



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