Congratulations to Cooper for the award his poster Hybridization and Gene Flow Between Migratory and Non-Migratory Avian Species won at EVO-WIBO (Evolution in Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Oregon). His poster was based on his research using ddRADseq data to look at hybridization and gene flow in Towhees.
Ethan has a new publication in PeerJ on using data from museum collections to assess migration patterns in Painted Buntings (Passerina ciris).
2016) Assessing migration patterns in Passerina ciris using the world’s bird collections as an aggregated resource. PeerJ 4:e1871(
Check it out the full publication at the publishers website!
Congrats to CJ Battey and Dave Slager for receiving NSF grants to support their dissertation research! Their research projects are listed below.
CJ Battey: Investigating genomic signatures of range shifts and demographic change in migratory hummingbirds.
Dave Slager: Investigating patterns, processes, and the role of mimicry in the phenotypic evolution of Tyrannini flycatchers.
A post from the Burke Museum blog about our very own CJ Battey and his continuing work on Rufous Hummingbird migration patterns.
The Klicka Lab fully supports the conclusions of Rocha et al. (2014) and the merits of specimen collecting for natural history museums. The 100+ coauthors of this paper represent more than 60 research institutions on six continents. As stated by Rocha et al., “Halting collection of voucher specimens by scientists would be detrimental not only to our understanding of Earth’s diverse biota and its biological processes, but also for conservation and management efforts.”
Link to full article: [Rocha et al. 2014]
Our recent paper published in Ecology Letters was recommended by the Faculty of 1000 as an important paper in ecology. In our study, we compared latitudinal range patterns between families of New World vertebrates that had ancestral geographic origins in North and South America. We found that families that originated in South America exhibited strong niche conservatism and were largely restricted to the Neotropical region. In contrast, families that originated in North America were more widely distributed across the Nearctic and Neotropical regions. We suggest that this asymmetry in niche conservatism has influenced biodiversity patterns in the New World, and is one of the underlying causes of the latitudinal biodiversity gradient.
Smith BT, Bryson RW, Houston D, Klicka J. 2012. An asymmetry in niche conservatism contributes to the latitudinal species diversity gradient in New World vertebrates. Ecology Letters 15: 1318-1325.