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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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Erik publishes about redpolls in Nature Communications!

Nov. 25, 2021

Congrats to Erik for his recent publication in Nature Communications about an inversion supergene he disocvered in redpoll finches! Redpolls have puzzled birders and taxonomists for centuries because it is difficult to determine what "species" you're looking at. In 2015 Nick Mason and Scott published a paper in Molecular Ecology...

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Fired Up - a new NSF funded graduate training opportunity

Nov. 17, 2021

Starting in July 2022, the EBIO Department will be running a new NSF funded four-week field course for the incoming cohort of graduate students. The grant, led by Dr. Valerie McKenzie , will provide funding for the incoming cohort of EBIO graduate students in 2022 and 2023 to spend 4...

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New paper in Current Biology!

Nov. 9, 2021

The product of a very fun collaboration just came out in Current Biology! Using a long term dataset of spatial cognition from a wild population of mountain chickadees in the Sierra Nevada collected by Dr. Vladimir Pravosudov , Dr. Carrie Branch , Ben Sonnenberg, and Angela Pietra, we investigated the...


Happy Halloween!

Nov. 1, 2021

The Taylor Lab recently carved pumpkins (Mia's are featured in the story thumbnail and one of Georgy's is feature here) while learning about the domestication history of pumpkins from Peter (see below!). Happy Halloween everyone! Cucurbita pepo is the most widely cultivated and polymorphic of the squash species. Pumpkins, zucchini,...


New paper in Evolution!

Nov. 1, 2021

Nick Minor and Paul Dougherty (Carling Lab graduate students from the University of Wyoming) recently led a paper in Evolution exploring how we might best use eBird and other citizen science data to estimate avian hybridization in the wild. Check out the paper to read about a new approach that...

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A best talk award and an honorable mention at the 2021 AOS/SCO-SOC meeting!

Aug. 18, 2021

Last week the 2021 joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists met virtually. Members of the Taylor Lab gave an array of talks throughout the meeting on topics ranging from redpoll (Erik Funk) and wagtail (Georgy Semenov) genomics to avian malaria (Angela Theodosopoulos) and...

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New funding from the National Science Foundation!

July 2, 2021

We just got the official word of some new funding from NSF! The newly funded work is a collaborative grant with Valdimir Pravosudov at the University of Nevada Ren o. We'll examine the genetic basis of spatial cognition in food-caching mountain chickadees and link genetic variation to natural selection using...

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An update from the Boulder Chickadee Study Field Crew

June 15, 2021

2021 has been a busy and exciting year for the Boulder Chickadee Study! With COVID subsiding and vaccinations completed we've been able to operate at our normal capacity. Joining the team this summer are Mia Larrieu (PhD student), Olivia Taylor and Will Anderson (undergraduate students supported by UROP and BSI)...

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Katherine's honors thesis is published in the Journal of Field Ornithology

June 13, 2021

Congratulations to Katherine Feldmann on the publication of her honors thesis in the Journal of Field Ornithology! Her paper quantifies plumage differences between and within black-capped and mountain chickadees and sets the stage for furthering our understanding of the role that plumage might play in hybridization between the two species...