Published: April 2, 2021

Ibera seedeaterSheela successfully defended her thesis on March 31st and is officially a doctor! Her dissertation work combined field-based behavioral experiments with whole-genome sequencing to study the behavioral traits that limit interbreeding between incipient avian species. Sheela will be joining Dr. Kristen Ruegg's lab at Colorado State University as a postdoc in May, where she will study adaptation to climate change in migratory birds. However, she hopes to continue to collaborate on projects related to speciation in capuchino seedeaters. She's excited to stay in Colorado so she can crash future Taylor Lab events!