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2014 Biosymposium

Burns lab graduate student Shannon Walsh was one of three graduate students asked to speak at this year’s Biology Department Symposium. She presented some of her work on genetic divergence in the Spotted Towhee on the Channel Islands, located off … Continue reading

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Welcome Erik and Brian!

The Burns lab welcomes two new graduate students this fall. Erik Funk is a new MS student and earned a BS in Environmental Science from SDSU. Erik was actually an undergrad researcher in the Burns lab and was also engaged … Continue reading

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Shannon wins student presentation award!

Several Burns lab students past and present attended the recent bird meetings (AOU/COS/SCO) in Estes Park, Colorado. Shannon Walsh received a student presentation award for her talk on his MS thesis research on evolutionary divergence of Spotted Towhees on California’s … Continue reading

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Upcoming AOU/COS meeting in Colorado

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 Estes Park, Colorado. Here is a full list of presentations authored or co-authored by … Continue reading

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Tanager Song and Plumage Color

Mason, N. A., Shultz, A. J., and K. J. Burns. 2014. Elaborate visual and acoustic signals evolve independently in a large, phenotypically diverse radiation of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 281 1788 20140967.  pdf We recently … Continue reading

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Congratulations Luke!

Congratulations to Luke Klicka who successfully defended his MS thesis on the conservation genetics of the Bell’s Vireo. Luke studied the phylogeography of the Bell’s Vireo across its range using a combination of traditional and next generation sequencing approaches. His … Continue reading

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Congratulations Shannon!

Shannon Walsh, MS student in the Burns lab, just learned she has received funding from the Ralph Schreiber Fund of the Los Angeles Audubon Society to help fund her project. Shannon is working on Spotted Towhees on the Channel Islands. … Continue reading

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