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San Diego Science Festival/SDSU Open House

Last Saturday was the start of the San Diego Science Festival which coincided with the SDSU Open House. At part of these events, we showed off some of the collections of the SDSU Museum of Biodiversity. Birds were represented as … Continue reading

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Congrats Luke, Allan, and Josh!

Lots of good news recently for Burns lab students: Burns lab MS student Luke Klicka has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Kansas. Also, Allan Cabrero was awarded a prestigious summer internship at the Smithsonian and … Continue reading

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New paper on the phylogeny of Sporophila seedeaters

Mason, N. A. and K. J. Burns. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics of the Neotropical Seedeaters and Seed-finches (Sporophila, Oryzoborus, Dolospingus). Ornitología Neotropical 24: 139-155. pdf We recently published a paper in Ornitología Neotropical reporting on the phylogeny of seedeaters. Seedeaters are … Continue reading

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New paper on the origin of finches on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island

We published a paper in this month’s Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution on the relationships of some finch-billed tanagers in the genera Nesospiza and Rowettia. These four tanagers are unusual in that they are the only tanagers found outside of the … Continue reading

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2013 AOU/COS Meetings

The Burns lab recently traveled to Chicago to attend the annual meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society. Kevin presented a talk co-authored with former students Allison Shultz, Pascal Title, and Nick Mason summarizing their work … Continue reading

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Upcoming AOU/COS meeting in Chicago

Lots of Burns lab members past and present will be represented at the upcoming joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society in Chicago. Here is a full list of presentations authored or co-authored by past or … Continue reading

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New tanager account published

Burns lab undergraduate student Cate Threlkeld just published an account of the Magpie Tanager for Neotropical Birds Online, produced by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. Below is an image of the first page of the account, click it to read … Continue reading

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Congratulations Shannon!

Burns lab graduate student Shannon Walsh recently received a Frank M. Chapman Award from the American Museum of Natural History to help fund her project investigating the conservation genetics of the Spotted Towhee (Pipilo  maculatus) on California’s Channel Islands. Two … Continue reading

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New Paper on the cover of Systematic Biology

Barker, F. K., K. J. Burns, J. Klicka, S. M. Lanyon, and I. J. Lovette. 2013. Going to extremes: Contrasting rates of diversification in a recent radiation of New World passerine birds. Systematic Biology 62: 298-320. link to article On … Continue reading

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New paper published on color evolution and relationships in a large clade of tanagers

Shultz, A. J. and K. J. Burns. 2013. Plumage evolution in relation to light environment in a novel clade of Neotropical tanagers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 112-125. We recently published a paper in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution on plumage … Continue reading

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