Irby Lovette, Becca Brunner, and Nick Mason are in Galapagos over Spring Break with the 12 freshmen enrolled in their semester-long Galapagos curriculum: a 5-credit version of the Introductory Evolution course and a 3-credit Freshman Writing Seminar.
One of the first major papers to result from our collaborative work on chickadee hybridization has just come out in Current Biology, along with an associated commentary in that journal plus extensive popular media coverage! Article: Taylor SA, White TA, Hochachka WM, Ferretti V, Curry RL, Lovette I. 2014. Climate…
Warmest of congratulations to Dan on presenting and defending his dissertation on “Sexual selection and speciation in the red-backed fairy-wren”!!!
Freeman, B. and Class Freeman, A. M. 2014. Rapid upslope shifts in New Guinean birds illustrate strong distributional responses of tropical montane species to global warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 4490-4494.
Congratulations to graduate student Yula Kapetanakos on the publication of her very first research paper: Kapetanakos, Y.A., I.J. Lovette, and T.E. Katzner. 2014. Development of microsatellite markers and a restriction endonuclease digest assay for non-invasive sampling of endangered White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed vultures. Conservation Genetics Resources 6:539-542.
All of us wish a very fond farewell to Amanda Talaba, our stalwart lab technician for the past 8 years, who is leaving Cornell for other opportunities.
Irby has been elected by the Cornell faculty to a three-year term as a member at large of the University Senate.
Congratulations to PhD student Yula Kapetanakos on her new position as Associate Producer in the Lab’s Multimedia Program.
Postdoc Leo Campagna will be presenting tonight at the Lab’s Monday Night Seminar on “Exploring the origins of Neotropical avian biodiversity”.
Freeman, B. & Class Freeman, A. M. 2014. The avifauna of Mt. Karimui, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, including evidence for long-term population dynamics in undisturbed tropical forest. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 134: 30-51.
Congratulations to long-time lab group member Marjorie Weber for being awarded the Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Davis. We will all miss you!
Congratulation to graduate student Sahas Barve for being awarded a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research for his studies of elevational adaptation in Himalayan birds.
Warmest congratulations to Dan Baldassarre for being awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology to study evolution of blood-feeding in the vampire finch in Dr. J. Albert C. Uy’s lab at the University of Miami. We will miss you but hope to catch up with you in the Galapagos!
Congratulations to postdoc Leo Campagna and his co-authors on their new paper resulting from Leo’s PhD research: Campagna L, Kopuchian C, Tubaro PL, Lougheed SC. 2014. Pleistocene divergence, range expansion, and secondary contact followed by gene flow between mitochondrial lineages of a widespread Neotropical songbird (Zonotrichia capensis). Biological Journal of…
Congratulations to postdoc Scott Taylor and his co-authors for another paper resulting from his PhD research at Queen’s University: Burg T, Taylor SA, Lemmen K, Gaston AJ, Friesen VL. 2014. Postglacial population differentiation potentially facilitated by a flexible migratory strategy in golden-crowned kinglets (Regulus satrapa). Canadian Journal of Zoology 92: 163-172.
Taylor SA, White TA, Hochacka W, Ferretti V, Curry R, Lovette I. Climate-mediated Movement of an Avian Hybrid Zone Reveals Temporal Variation in Selection and Introgression. American Society of Naturalists. 2014. Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Jan 13 – 15.
Congratulations to graduate student Marjorie Weber for winning the Ed Rickets Award for Outstanding Student Presentation at the American Society of Naturalists meeting in Asilomar, CA for her talk “The Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Traits that Mediate Defense Mutualisms.”
Irby Lovette, Jake Berv, David Bonter, and Brian Lazzaro are presently leading the 10th iteration of BioEE2650 in Kenya: http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/department/courses/2650/BIOEE_2650/Home.html
Freeman, B.2014.Sexual niche partitioning in two species of New Guinean Pachycephala whistlers. Journal of Field Ornithology 85: 23-30.
Postdoc Scott Taylor just gave a seminar on his hybrid zone research at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” in Buenos Aries, Argentina