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Black-capped chickadee livestream!

May 23, 2023

The 5th season of the Boulder Chickadee Study is in full swing with many chickadees raising young in Boulder and eggs about to hatch the higher elevation sites! One of our landowners has set up a livestream on the black-capped chickadee nest on their property. You can view it here:...

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Olivia defended her honors thesis and gave a talk at the EBIO Club Student Symposium

April 15, 2023

Congratulations to Olivia who recently defended her honors thesis! For her honors thesis Olivia studied the songs of black-capped and mountain chickadees in regions where they both occur (Boulder County, Colorado) compared to regions where they do not overlap. She found that mountain chickadees sound more different from black-capped chickadees...

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Haley and Sara are awarded CFO Research Grants

April 10, 2023

Congrats to Haley and Sara who were recently awarded research grants from the Colorado Field Ornithologists! Haley will be using this funding to study the influence of color pattern differences between black-capped and mountain chickadees on aggressive interactions between them, while Sara will be using the funding to study differences...

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Sara Padula is awarded the Sarah Crump Memorial Fellowship

April 10, 2023

Congratulartions to PhD student Sara Padula who is the first ever recipient of the Sarah Crump Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship was created by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and Sarah Crump’s family in honor of Sarah Crump (pictured here), who received her PhD from INSTAAR at the...


Congratulations Mia!

Jan. 28, 2023

Congratulations to Mia who recently completed her Master's degree. Mia joined the lab in 2020 and was an integral member of the Boulder Chickadee Study over the last three years. During that time she banded over 250 chickadees and shared her knowledge of birds with numerous members of the public,...

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Chickadee cognition work featured in Living Bird

Jan. 7, 2023

Living Bird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's publication, recently featured our collaborative work on chickadee spatial cognition in their Winter 2023 issue. This work is conducted with Dr. Valdimir Pravosudov, Dr. Carrie Branch, Ben Sonnenberg, and Dr. Georgy Semenov. Click the link to learn more:

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Kathryn publishes in Global Change Biology

Oct. 28, 2022

Congrats to Kathryn and her co-authors Theresa Burg and Ken Otter for their recent paper in Global Change Biology . One of Kathryn's main thesis chapters, this paper describes the relationship between human landscape disturbance and hybridization between black-capped and mountain chickadees. Our local work with t he Boulder Chickadee...

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Congratulations 2022 lab Graduates!

May 9, 2022

Congratulations to the Taylor Lab graduates of 2022! From left to right, Will recieved his undergraduate degree with honors, while Dr. Grabenstein, Dr. Theodosopoulos, and Dr. Funk all had their PhD conferred. Not pictured is Cori who also recieved her undergraduate degree with honors.

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Angela wins a Fulbright Award for Sweden!

April 15, 2022

Congratulations to Angela who just found out that she won a Fulbright Award for Sweden starting this fall! Angela will be using her time as a Fulbright recipient to expand on her recent discovery ( published in Biology Letters ) that the highly invasive SGS1 strain of the avian malaria...

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Olivia is awarded a summer UROP grant!

April 13, 2022

Congrats to Olivia for being awarded a summer UROP grant! Olivia's project project aims to further our understanding of birdsong evolution by exploring whether our local canyons act as isolating barriers that facilitate song divergence between black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) populations. She will determine (1) whether canyon-isolated populations have divergent...