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Lab Members, May 2015

 

 

 

CURRENT LAB GROUP MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES

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Irby Lovette
Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Director, Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program

Fuller Professor of Ornithology, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Genetic Resources, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

My personal research program cIrby 1enters on three broad topics: the generation and use of phylogenetic information for comparative studies of ecological and behavioral trait evolution and diversification patterns; the use of genomic information for the study of individual dispersal, population-level gene flow, hybridization, and speciation; and the generation of genetic information relevant to conservation and management issues.

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Bronwyn Butcher
Lab Manager

Bronwyn Fall 2014 I am responsible for the smooth sailing of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program’s laboratory and the training of students and visitors using this facility. I am closely involved with most of our projects, from methodologically simple studies of avian sex ratios to our most ambitious ‘big data’ investigations of genome-wide patterns of divergence and gene flow.

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Leonardo Campagna
Research Associate

Leo CampagnaI am interested in understanding the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity, both to answer basic questions in biology and to design effective conservation strategies. I approach this problematic using molecular tools to study the evolution of avian systems, generally in the early stages of speciation. I also use field ornithology methods and the comparative analysis of vocalizations and coloration. I have experience in a wide variety of genetic methods that allow the study of organisms with different degrees of divergence and sampled using different designs (e.g., individuals versus loci). These methods include phylogenetics, phylogeography, population genetics, landscape genetics, and genomics. A significant part of my work has focused on understanding species limits and patterns of introgression in an explosive radiation of South American finches in the genus Sporophila.

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David Toews
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

toews_pictureMy research focuses on the causes and effects of hybridization between recently diverged avian taxa. I strive to combine field-based research with integrative laboratory techniques. I employ genomic tools, stable isotopes, behavioural assays and biochemistry/physiology to better understand evolutionary processes and biogeographic patterns.

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Jen Walsh-Emond
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

p1000995I am interested in utilizing a combination of genomic and ecological approaches to characterize the drivers of divergence, both within and between species.

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Shawn Billerman
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Billerman photo I use an integrative approach that combines genomic data, plumage and morphometric data from museum specimens, climate niche modeling approaches, and citizen science data for a better understanding of hybridization between species. For my postdoctoral research I will be using a series of specimens housed at Cornell to compare multiple hybrid zones that occur in the Great Plains of North America, hoping to understand the factors that influence patterns of speciation on a broad scale.

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Petra Deane-Coe
Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010-present

PDC_audiorecordingMotivated by my interest in ecological drivers of diversification, I study adaptation, divergence, gene flow and hybridization in North American sparrows using genomic methods. I’m currently studying a case of recent and rapid adaptive divergence between inland and coastal Swamp Sparrows.

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Nicholas Mason
Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2012-present

Nick Mason 1I study phylogenetics, systematics, population genetics, and trait evolution in passerines. For my dissertation, I am focusing on species limits, demographic and colonization history, and local adaptations in horned larks (Eremophila).

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Jacob Berv
Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2013-present

415382_2862789243976_1854197886_oI am a second year PhD student in Irby Lovette’s lab at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. I am broadly interested in population genomics, phylogenomics, and phylogenetic comparative methods.

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Stepfanie Aguillon
Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2014-present

I am a PhD Candidate studying hybridization in northern flickers using genomic techniques to better understand the speciation process.

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Natalie Hofmeister
Graduate Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2015-present

Natalie photo I’m a PhD Candidate in my second year, and I use phylogenetic comparative and genomic methods to study the evolution of physiological traits in a variety of avian systems.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

 

Daniel Veronese, 2014-present

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