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2022 field season is a wrap!

July 13, 2022

The 2022 field season of the Boulder Chickadee Study has wrapped. Mia banded and bled the final mountain chickadees of the season during an outreach event at the MRS with folks from the Denver Field Ornithologists on July 10th. This field season was conducted by Mia, Will, Nikki, Olivia, Bernie,...

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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...

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Kathryn publishes in Ecology and Evolution!

April 2, 2022

Congrats to Kathryn and her co-authors for their recent pulbication in Ecology and Evolution "Sympatry leads to reduced body condition in chickadees that occasionally hybridize" . Kathryn reports an interesting pattern of reduced body condition in black-capped and mountain chickadees that co-occur and discusses potential drivers (e.g., crytpic hybridization, range...

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Cori successfully defended her honors thesis!

March 22, 2022

Congratulations to Cori for sucessfully defending her honors thesis! Cori gave an excellent presentation about her work examining links between urbanization, arthropods, chickadee diet, and nestling condition. Cori joined the lab as a freshman and has collected an impressive amount of data since then. Cori will be preparing her work...

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Will sucessfully defended his honors thesis!

March 16, 2022

Congratulations to Will for sucessfully defending his honors thesis! Will gave an excellent presentation about his work on house wrens. It turns out that there is a house wren hybrid zone along the Front Range (between eastern and western house wren subspecies) and that our nest box transect spans the...

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Angela selected as an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow!

March 11, 2022

Congratulations to Angela who recently found out that she was selected as a 2022-2023 American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow! Funding from this fellowship will allow Angela to continue her investigations on the malaria parasite, Plasmodium relictum , at Lund University. ASF is a fellowship that aims to support collaboration between scholars in...

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Mia, Olivia, and Will receive research grants from the Denver Field Ornithologists!

March 11, 2022

Congratulations to Mia, Olivia, and Will for receiving research grants from the Denver Field Ornithologists! And thanks for the DFO for continuing to support the work being done in our lab. These small research grants make many aspects of research possbile and we feel very fortunate. Mia will use her...

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Winter fieldwork at the MRS!

Feb. 23, 2022

Mia, Maria, Georgy, and Scott recently spent some time at the MRS banding and taking blood samples from mountain and black-capped chickadees. This field work is being conducted to get an idea of chickadee populations sizes at the MRS as we prepare to install feeders that will allow us to...

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Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants for Mia and Angela!

Jan. 13, 2022

Congratulations to Mia and Angela for being awarded Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants to support their PhD research! Mia will be using her award to explore the effects of urnabization and elevation on chickadee nestling development and Angela will be using hers to expand on her recent findings that SGS1,...

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New paper in Biology Letters!

Sept. 9, 2021

Congratulations to Angela and her co-authors Kathryn and Staffan on the publication of a new paper in Biology Letters that documents the highly invasive malaria lineage SGS1 in our non-migratory chickadees in Boulder County. What this means for our local songbirds is unclear, but SGS1 has been implciated in population...

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