Chickadee on knee

Nederland Wild Bear Summer Camp

Oct. 2, 2018

Kathryn spent a day as an instructor for the Nederland Wild Bear Summer Camp, and enjoyed connecting with communities outside of the city of Boulder and working with kids. They banded birds, built nest boxes, went on a bird walk, and discussed research. This camp connects youth with active scientists...

High school researchers in the field

Nature Kids Lafayette

Oct. 2, 2018

Angela and Kathryn mentored two high school students over the summer from Lafayette, Alex and Kay, through CU Science Discovery (see photo at right)—a rewarding experience that immersed youth from throughout Colorado in their own research projects. They taught them how to carry out bird surveys, keep a field notebook,...

A higher resolution examination of climate-mediated hybrid zone movement Poster

Dom presented a poster at the International Ornithological Congress (IOC 2018) in Vancouver

Oct. 2, 2018

Dom presented a poster titled “A higher resolution examination of climate-mediated hybrid zone movement” at IOC 2018, which supported the findings of previous studies of lower resolution of the hybrid zone movement and found that several gene groups had consistently low introgression. See poster to the right.

Nest Box Lumber

100 Chickadee Nest Boxes Built!

Oct. 2, 2018

We’ve built over 100 nest boxes for the Boulder Chickadee Study (102, to be exact). 250 more to go this year, oof. Good luck Kathryn and Katherine!

Sample measurements of chickadee cap by UV Chroma, Reflectance, and Patch Size

Katherine presents her summer research

Oct. 2, 2018

Katherine spoke at the REU meeting on her research into plumage variation between two social bird species. She has been busy mapping chickadee sightings and collecting data from captured birds at the Mountain Research Station, and is gearing up to photograph specimens and start quantifying the variation in plumage between...

2018 Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention

Scott gave the keynote talk at the 2018 Colorado Field Ornithologists convention

May 24, 2018

Scott was the keynote speaker at the 2018 CFO convention and gave a talk on his recent work on chickadees, redpolls, and warblers titled, “Insights into avian evolutionary ecology from genomes and citizens.” Scott had a great time at the convention and enjoyed meeting some local Colorado birders.

The Auk 2018 Biogeographic origins of Darwin's finches (Thraupidae: Coerebinae)

Congratulations Erik!

May 24, 2018

The latest edition of The Auk: Ornithological Advances will contain a paper by our very own Erik Funk, which is the product of his work as a Masters student at San Diego State University under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Burns. Erik reconstructed the ancestral range of Darwin’s finches and...

The Great Taylor Lab Bakeoff 2018

Announcing the 2018 Star Baker: Dom Wagner!!!

May 24, 2018

Dom’s Cheddar Herb Bread really took the cake at the first annual Great Taylor Lab Bakeoff. He properly proved both his bread and his baking skills. Good bake! The rest of the competition was as stiff as a good sourdough starter, and we applaud everyone who entered. Thank you to...

Congratulations Katherine!

Katherine is awarded multiple grants!

May 2, 2018

Congrats to Katherine Feldmann, one of our undergraduate researchers, for fully funding her upcoming research with a UROP Individual Grant, an NSF funded REU, and an EBIO Hesse grant! She recently presented a poster on her plans for the summer at an on-campus symposium, and we are excited to see...

AOS Graduate Presentations

Graduate students shine at AOS

May 2, 2018

Kathryn, Erik, and Angela all presented their ongoing research at the annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society in Tucson. Erik and Angela both presented posters on their plans for the upcoming field season and their broader thesis work, and Kathryn gave a talk about the influence of human disturbances...

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