Erik Funk

New paper in Systematic Biology on rosy finches led by Erik

Sept. 28, 2020

Erik, Scott, and collaborators Garth Spellman (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), Kevin Winker (University of Alaska), Jack Withrow (University of Alaska), Erika Zavaleta (University of California Santa Cruz), and Kristen Ruegg (Colorado State University), recently published some of their work on rosy-finches in Systematic Biology. This work uses whole...

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Sheela receives a talk award!

Sept. 15, 2020

Sheela was awarded the Mark E. Hauber Award for best oral presentation on avian behavior at the virtual NAOC 2020 meeting. Her talk was entitled “Assortative mating by plumage coloration genes in an incipient avian radiation” and covered exciting findings from her work on capuchino seedeaters.


Welcome Mia Larrieu!

Aug. 20, 2020

Mia Larrieu, a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be joining the Taylor lab as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student this fall. Prior to starting her PhD in our lab, Mia spent a few years as a field research assistant on some really interesting...


Denver Field Ornithologists fund Cori and Erik's work!

Aug. 17, 2020

Congratulations to Cori and Erik who were recently funded by the Denver Field Ornithologists. Cori will use this grant to sequence nestling chickadee fecal samples collected during the summer 2020 field season around Boulder. Information on what adult chickadees feed their nestlings, paired with vegetation and arthropod surveys conducted around...

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NAOC 2020

Aug. 10, 2020

Despite the fact that members and affiliates of the Taylor Lab did not travel to Puerto Rico for NAOC 2020, we're fully enegaged with the online conference and are looking forward to a week of exciting avian science. Sheela, Johanna, Erik, Georgy, Danny, and Ethan are all presenting various aspects...

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Taylor Lab Solidarity Statement

June 2, 2020

What follows is a modified statement about the recent deaths of Black Americans, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and David McAtee, at the hands of white policemen and vigilantes, and the recent racist interaction between a Black birdwatcher and a white dog walker in Central Park NY. The...

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An update from the field!

May 29, 2020

Despite operating on a smaller scale than usual (to avoid COVID-19 spread), the second year of the Boulder Chickadee Study is going strong with almost 50 nests! Cori, master data wrangler, has managed nearly 1200 data submissions from community scientists on chickadee breeding, Kathryn is in the midst of banding...

Scott gave a virtual talk

Scott gives virtual plenary address at the 2020 Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium hosted by the University of Guelph

May 14, 2020

Scott recently had the pleasure of giving one of three plenaries at the 2020 meeting of the Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium (held virtually) hosted this year by Scott's alma mater the University of Guelph. This graduate student organized conference has been running for almost 50 years and features...

Chickadee Nest Box in the Snow

2020 chickadee field season

April 16, 2020

In spite of several big snowfalls in the past week, chickadee breeding in Boulder is off to a roaring start. Thanks to community scientists monitoring 118 Boulder backyard boxes, we've identified 7 newly constructed chickadee nests, 23 excavated boxes, and one complete white-breasted nuthatch nest with 2 eggs in Boulder,...

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Scott awarded 2020 faculty Equity and Excellence Award by CU Boulder

April 14, 2020

Each year the CU Boulder Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement solicits nominations for Equity and Excellence Awards for faculty, staff and students. Scott was nominated by his colleagues Dr. Julian Resasco and Dr. Deane Bowers and is honored to be receiving the faculty Equity and Excellence Award for...