Congratulations Luke!

Burns lab graduate student Luke Klicka recently received three grants to help fund his project investigating the phylogeography of the Bell’s Vireo. The Bell’s Vireo is a widespread North American species consisting of four subspecies. However, no genetic data has been used to address the distinctiveness of these subspecies. Of particular interest is the Least Bell’s Vireo subspecies, a federally endangered subspecies that breeds in riparian habitat in southern California and northern Baja California. Luke is investigating the population genetic structure across the species to better inform conservation action. We thank the American Museum of Natural History (Frank M. Chapman Award), the American Ornithologists’ Union, and the Los Angeles Audubon Society (Ralph W. Schreiber Award) for helping fund this important work!

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