Congratulations Erik, recipient of the Donald L. Bleitz Award!

May 29, 2019

Erik was recently awarded the Donald L. Bleitz Award, a small research grant from the American Ornithological Society. The proposal he submitted to them was titled "Evolutionary impacts of historical and contemporary changes in habitat on alpine specialists". He will use this funding to conduct some whole genome sequencing of...

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Field Ornithology this summer!

Dec. 7, 2018

Scott will be teaching Field Ornithology at the Mountain Research Station this summer, July 1st through the 18th! Students will study alpine and subalpine birds and will learn to implement various field techniques. More information, including links for course registration, can be found here .


(Grant) Society of Systematic Biologists

Nov. 18, 2018

Angela and Erik were both awarded a Graduate Student Research Award from the Society of Systematic Biologists!! This will help fund Erik’s investigation of the Gray-crowned / Black Rosy-Finch hybrid zone in Montana and Idaho. The money will be used to sequence individuals to evaluate introgression and to better understand...

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(Grant) NSF: Cognitive deficiency as a source of reproductive isolation between hybridizing species

Nov. 18, 2018

Along with collaborators Amber Rice from Lehigh University and Tim Roth from Franklin and Marshall College, the Taylor Lab has received NSF funding to explore the role that cognitive breakdown in hybrid chickadees may play in maintaining species barriers between hybridizing black-capped and Carolina chickadees. Our role will focus on...


Katherine takes on a Master of Arts!

Nov. 18, 2018

One of our undergraduate students, Katherine Feldmann, has decided to complete a Master of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in addition to her bachelor's degree. The concurrent program enables students to complete both degrees in five years. This additional time in our lab will enable Katherine to take on...

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(Paper) A Three Species Hybrid Wood-Warbler

Nov. 8, 2018

Scott collaborated with researchers from Cornell, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to investigate a tip from a birder about an odd sighting. Read the full paper here. Graphic shows predicted family tree of warblers leading to the three-species hybrid. Blue-winged, Golden-winged, and Brewster's Warblers by Liz Clayton Fuller; Chestnut-sided Warbler from...


DNA Is All Extracted!

Nov. 8, 2018

DNA extractions from the 2018 field season are done! Katherine F. and Kathryn G. tackled DNA extractions for all chickadees from the 2018 field season. These samples will be included in a larger population genomics sampling project.

Kathryn demonstrating how to properly string up a nest box

First Nest Boxes Go Up

Nov. 8, 2018

We put up 100 nest boxes at the MRS! Thanks to the Taylor lab and additional EBIO helpers we had 14 pairs of hands on deck! Boxes were put up at elevations as high as 11000' despite a snow-covered road. These will be incorporated into The Boulder Chickadee Study, a...

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Thoughts from PhDs in the Field: Angela, Erik, and Kathryn

Oct. 2, 2018

Angela went to Pennsylvania. Erik went to Montana, and Kathryn posted up at the CU Mountain Research Station. Below, find some of each of their thoughts on their experiences: Angela: I started out my summer field season in Pennsylvania in and around the Lehigh University campus. I had the opportunity...

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Teaching workshop with Biological Sciences Initiative

Oct. 2, 2018

Kathryn and Scott have been working with BSI to develop course content that can be implemented by teachers in their classrooms. Check out the trailer here! They also gave lectures at a workshop that connects K-12 teachers with real-world research and scientists, and enjoyed having this opportunity to engage with...