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This semester’s challenge was… Cookies!

Dec. 13, 2019

A very festive event, the Fall 2019 Taylor Lab Bake-off set celebrity guest judge Dr. Erica Larson to task once again with carefully evaluating the crumb, the flavor, the creativity, and of course the bake of a very crowded table of treats. Interestingly, Judge's Choice didn't receive any People's Choice...

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Ethan Linck taught a tutorial on analyzing genomic data in Python and R

Dec. 9, 2019

On December 2nd, Taylor Lab Research Affiliate Ethan Linck taught a tutorial on analyzing population genomic sequence data in Python and R for a CU Boulder BioFrontiers Institute's Quantitative Exploration and Discussion (QED) Supergroup meeting. The QED Supergroup series, which was organized around a theme of genomics and bioinformatics for...

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A field update from Sheela

Dec. 5, 2019

Sheela is finishing up a behavioral experiment in the Iberá wetlands of Argentina to examine the traits used in species recognition by two species of capuchino seedeaters. Southern capuchino seedeaters are characterized by striking differences in male plumage coloration and song despite remarkably little ecological or genetic divergence. By presenting...

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2019 Wagner/Larson/Carling/Taylor Lab Retreat at the Mountain Research Station

Nov. 18, 2019

The Taylor Lab had a great time this past weekend meeting up with students and postdocs in the Wagner , Larson , and Carling labs. Lightening talks combined with professional development activities and a final evening of trivia made for an excellent joint lab retreat. It's always fun to hear...

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Scott and Danny gave talks at the Waterbird Society meeting

Nov. 13, 2019

Scott and Danny recent traveled to Salisbury Maryland to take part in the annual Waterbird Society meeting. Danny presented results from his whole genome investigation of phylogeny and introgression in boobies. Scott gave a talk about pelican phylogeny and conservation genetics of the Galapagos brown pelican as part of a...

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Editor's Choice: Perspective article on genetic associations with plumage color published in the Auk: Ornithological Advances

Oct. 28, 2019

A perspective article from Erik and Scott was recently published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances and highlighted as the Editor's Choice from the issue. The paper reviews some recent studies that reveal genetic associations with avian plumage color. This work highlights the role of gene regulation over gene product in...

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1st Annual Boulder Chickadee Study Participant Symposium

Oct. 23, 2019

The lab had a great time hosting the 1st Annual Boulder Chickadee Study Participant Symposium on Oct 19, 2019. The event featured an hour of interactive discussion with our amazing undergraduate researchers, talks from Scott, Kathryn, and Angela on the motivation for the study and results for our first year...

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Congratulations Shay!

Oct. 8, 2019

Congratulations to Shay, who was recently awarded a BSI Scholar Award! With this award, Shay will be examining thermoregulatory differences between clack-capped and mountain chickadee nests collected across a 6000 foot elevation gradient as part of her work with the Boulder Chickadee Study during the 2019 breeding season. The current...

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