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Welcome Dr. Jay Falk

Jan. 18, 2023

The Taylor Lab welcomes Dr. Jay Falk, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow joining the lab this month. Jay studies the evolution of sex differences and similarities, and is broadly interested in how social interaction leads to biodiversity both within and across species. With hummingbirds as a model taxa, Jay uses an...

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Angela publishes in Parasites and Vectors

Jan. 16, 2023

Congrats to Angela and Colleagues for their article recently accepted to the journal Parasites and Vectors . The article titled “Survey of Haemosporidian Parasite Infections in an Endangered High Alpine Bird,” is an exploration of haemosporidian parasites that infect Brown-capped Rosy Finches. The Brown-capped Rosy Finch is a nearly endemic...

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Erik publishes in Evolution

Jan. 8, 2023

Congrats to Erik and his colleagues! The final chapter of Erik's PhD thesis was recently accepted for publication in Evolution . Erik's manuscript explores genotype-phenotype associations for plumage color and elevation in rosy finches and highlights several candiate genes for both. Given their recent diversification and the independent nature of...

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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: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/harsh-mountain-winters-have-made-chickadees-smarter/

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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...


Welcome Dr. Haley Kenyon

Oct. 28, 2022

The Taylor Lab welcomes Dr. Haley Kenyon, the newest Postdoctoral Associate to join us in Boulder. Haley will be expanding upon her PhD research on chickadee signaling by working within the Boulder Chickadee Study. A fellow Canadian, Taylor Lab members should expect to see butter tarts and Nanaimo bars at...

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Sara published her undergraduate research in Wader Study

Sept. 26, 2022

Sara Padula, first year PhD student in the lab, has published her undergraduate research in Wader Study entitled Kiawah and Seabrook islands are a critical site for the rufa Red Knot. The rufa Red Knot is a long distance migratory shorebird that has experienced a population decline of over 85%...


Johanna Beam's undergraduate honors thesis leads to the recognition of a new meadowlark species in North America!

Aug. 24, 2022

There is a newly recognized species of meadowlark in North America, the Chihuahan Meadowlark, thanks to the hard work of Johanna Beam and her direct undergraduate honors thesis supervisor Erik Funk. Read all about this new development here: https://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2022/08/24/chihuahuan-meadowlark-lilians

New students 2022

Welcome to the new members of the Taylor Lab!

July 13, 2022

Welcome to our incoming PhD students Sara , Nikki , and Ajay , as well as our incoming NSF REPS Fellow Abi . Check out their profiles to learn more about our newest lab members!

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Scott receives Tenure!

July 13, 2022

It’s official! Scott is now an Associate Professor!