Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2013-present
Originally from Connecticut, Jake Berv is now a second year PhD. student in Irby Lovette’s lab at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He is broadly interested in population genomics, phylogenomics, and phylogenetic comparative methods.
While an undergraduate at Yale University, Jake worked with ornithologists Richard Prum and Kristof Zyskowski to study continental-scale biogeography in the Neotropics, and conducted field work in Suriname, Ecuador, and Brazil. After graduating in 2010, Jake continued working at Yale as a technician in the Prum Lab on a variety of projects related to Neotropical ornithology, including building the first comprehensive species tree of the cotingas (an incredibly diverse group of passerine birds), and several smaller projects related to the enigmatic bee hummingbirds.
As a graduate student at Cornell and 2014 recipient of the NSF GRFP fellowship, Jake continues to explore evolutionary ornithology at deep and shallow timescales. In his first year, Jake taught the writing intensive “Writing in the Majors” section of BioEE 1780, Introduction to Evolution and Diversity, and BioEE 2650, Tropical Field Ecology and Behavior, in Kenya. As a second year student, Jake has reprised his role as TA for BioEE 1780, and is busily catching up on programming skills and exploring dissertation topics.