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Burns Lab at 2017 AOS

The Burns lab was well represented at the recent American Ornithological Society meetings, which were held this year at Michigan State University this year. Five past and present Burns lab members were in attendance. Erik received an AOS travel award … Continue reading

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2017 AOS in Michigan

Burns lab members past and present will be well represented at this week’s upcoming American Ornithological Society Meeting in East Lansing, Michigan. Here is a list of presentations by both former and current Burns lab members (in bold): Thursday,  August 3rd; 1:45 … Continue reading

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New AOS Checklist Supplement

The AOS checklist supplement for 2017 has recently been published. The paper can be downloaded here and the comments of committee members can be found here. This paper is is the result of work by the AOS Classification Committee, of … Continue reading

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New NSF Grant to Study Rufous and Allen’s Hummingbirds

The Burns lab recently received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study two closely related hummingbirds, the Rufous and the Allen’s Hummingbirds. The grant was awarded in collaboration with Chris Clark and Alan Brelsford, both at the … Continue reading

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Rosalyn receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Rosalyn Price-Waldman, a Burns lab MS student, was recently awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. These awards provide three years of support for graduate education and are given to annually to outstanding students who are pursuing graduate degrees in … Continue reading

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Congratulations Erik!

Congratulations to Erik Funk who successfully defended his MS thesis. His research involved using indices of phylogenetic diversity for conservation planning, focusing on tanagers and their relatives in a large clade known as Emberizoidea (9-primaried oscines). Erik will begin working … Continue reading

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Recent Burns Lab Papers in Evolution

Two papers were published recently on tanagers in the journal Evolution. Both papers originated form data sets collected by Burns lab MS students. In Allison Shultz’s paper, she presents her massive data set on plumage color of tanagers for the … Continue reading

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