Sheela Turbek

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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Mia, Cori, Angela and Will received grants from CFO and/or DFO!

March 22, 2021

Mia has recently received funding from both the Denver Field Ornithologists and Colorado Field Ornithologists! She will use these grants to help set up her summer pilot project, as part of her PhD research, to explore how urbanization and elevation affects chickadee nestling development and behaviors exhibited within the nest...

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Cori and Erik gave talks for the Denver Field Ornithologists

March 8, 2021

Cori and Erik recently gave talks about their Denver Feild Ornithologists funded reseach to a packed virtual house with over 100 guests. Cori's first public talk, during which she detailed her findings from using DNA metabarcoding to determine what black-capped and mountain chickadees feed their young, was a smashing success...

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Scott talks guano islands with the Broomfield Birding Club

Feb. 27, 2021

Scott recently gave a talk titled "Guarding the world's finest guano: a story of ecology and economy" to the Broomfield Birding Club. The talk was focussed on the islands that Scott visited during his PhD fieldwork in Peru and Chile. These islands, the famous guano islands, have an amazing history...

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New paper in Nature Communications led by Georgy

Feb. 15, 2021

In a new paper just published in Nature Communications, we uncover a long-standing mystery of genetic architecture of the head plumage differences between alba and personata subspecies of the white wagtail. Read about our findings here and also check out "Behing the paper" blog post and a press release in...

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Scott gave a talk at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Feb. 5, 2021

Scott recently visited (virtually) the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, to give a talk about some of the lab's recent projects. Scotts talked focused on Erik's new work on redpoll supergenes (in collaboration with Dr. Nick Mason at LSU) and the work that Scott, Georgy, and Dom...

Katherine Feldmann

Katherine defended her Master’s Thesis

Jan. 29, 2021

In December 2020, Katherine defended her Master’s Thesis, a project focused on identifying the genomic signatures underlying reproductive isolation in two hybridizing songbirds. Black-capped and Carolina chickadees form a well-studied hybrid zone that spans from New Jersey to Kansas. Katherine’s research, in support of previous studies, identified continued northward movement...


Johanna's work was featured in the Macaulay Library news!

Dec. 9, 2020

Johanna's work on meadowlark song was recently featured in a news article on the Macaulay Library website . Their song research has focused on differentiating Lilian's, Eastern, and Western meadowlarks using community contributed song data. The article highlights research presented at the North American Ornithological Conference that used sounds from...


Angela has received a fellowship through the Center for the Study of Origins

Nov. 17, 2020

Angela will be starting her fellowship with the Center for the Study of Origins this spring. She will be working on a project examining immune gene variation in Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees using whole genome data for both species. Through this fellowship Angela will also be working with researchers across...