Out and About: News from the Winger Lab
August 2017: UMMZ ornithologists conduct first museum expedition to Krygyzstan in 50 years
In August, UMMZ ornithologists Michael Harvey (postdoc, Rabosky Lab), Rachael Herman (research assistant, Winger Lab) and Brian Weeks (postdoc, Winger Lab) conducted an ornithological expedition to Kyrgyzstan, the first to that country in over 50 years. Read more about their adventure here.
August 2017: Speciation Symposium
Along with Jay McEntee of the University of Florida, Ben hosted a symposium titled "Trait divergence and speciation: Tempo, mode and mechanism" at the American Ornithological Society meeting in East Lansing, MI. The outstanding speaker lineup included Haley Kenyon, Sara Lipshutz, Nick Mason, Jason Weir, Jay and Ben.
July 2017: Andean bird speciation research published
The culmination of Ben's PhD dissertation was published in the July issue of Evolution. Accompanying the article were this Evolution Digest feature and a UMich EEB research feature.
June 2017: Fieldwork in Minnesota
Ben and collaborators Andy Jones and Courtney Brennan from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Heather Skeen from the Field Museum in Chicago traveled to northern Minnesota for their research on the population genetics of migratory boreal birds. The fieldwork resulted in some of the first genetic sampling from this part of the breeding range for several species, and will help further our understanding of both the evolutionary history and conservation needs of boreal birds.
April 2017: Migration research featured in Living Bird
Ben's 2014 paper on the evolution of bird migration was featured in the spring issue of Living Bird magazine. The article included these fantastic gifs by Virginia Greene, illustrating the difference between the "northern" and "southern" home theories for the evolution of bird migration, which were central to the research. Ben's paper showed that bird migration evolved out of the northern hemisphere more frequently than had been previously supposed. This research was previously featured in other media including National Geographic.
April 2017: Seminar at Kellogg Biological Station
Ben had a great time visiting Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station to give a seminar. He was thrilled to see the seminar advertised with this amazing chalk illustration of the Yellow-scarfed Tanager!
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