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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...

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Scott awarded the 2021 Bicentenary Medal by the Linnean Society

May 26, 2021

Earlier this week Scott was awarded the 2021 Bicentenary Medal by the Linnean Society in a virtual ceremony. The award, which comes in the form of a silver medal initially cast to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus’ death, is given to one scientist under the age...

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Scott will be the next Director of the Mountain Research Station and will become an INSTAAR Fellow

May 4, 2021

As of June 1, 2021 Scott will be the Director of the CU Boulder Mountain Research Station (MRS) as well as a Fellow of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Scott will be taking over from Dr. Bill Bowman who has been station Director for 31 years. Leading...

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Johanna's honors thesis is now published in Ornithology!

April 24, 2021

Congratulations to Johanna and Erik for the recent publication of Johanna's honors thesis in Ornithology ! Johanna and Erik worked closely together and combined acoustic and genomic analyses to clarify differetiation and species limits in the North American meadowlarks. Their results clearly show that Lilian's Meadowlark is both acoustically and...

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Scott gave the "Rising Star in Evolution" talk for the 2021 Atwood Colloquium at the University of Toronto

April 17, 2021

Every year biologists from all three University of Toronto campuses as well as the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) participate in the Atwood Colloquium. In addition to featuring talks from U of T graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, three guest speakers are invited. This year Scott was invited as the "Rising...

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Sheela defended her doctoral thesis!

April 2, 2021

Sheela successfully defended her thesis on March 31st and is officially a doctor! Her dissertation work combined field-based behavioral experiments with whole-genome sequencing to study the behavioral traits that limit interbreeding between incipient avian species. Sheela will be joining Dr. Kristen Ruegg's lab at Colorado State University as a postdoc...

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Sheela publishes on seedeater speciation in Science!

March 25, 2021

Congratulations to Sheela for publishing a large part of her PhD thesis in Science! This work, led by Sheela in close collaboration with Dr. Leo Campagna , combines whole genome sequencing with incredibly challenging field studies of mating behavior in two Sporophila seedeaters. It provides exciting evidence that the Iberá...

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