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New paper on Red Junglefowl Genetics

New paper on Red Junglefowl Genetics

Our first paper on Red Junglefowl captive population genetics has been published in the Journal PeerJ. This resulted from great work by former postdoc Charlotte Hieke and undergraduate researcher Nikolas Faust. Check it out here: Effective Population Sizes and Adaptive Genetic Variation in a Captive Bird Population.

RJF banding & sampling

RJF banding & sampling

Several lab members turned out to help capture, band, and bleed the new cohort of captive Junglefowl that were born here at TAMU. It was the first experience with capturing and bleeding birds for our two newest undergraduate researchers Reina Hingoranee and Younghee (Grace) Jeon. Monitoring the genetics of these populations regularly helps us understand how parentage and the mating system works in Junglefowl, as well as inform our investigations of long term trends in small populations. The DNA from the…

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Undergraduates present at campus conference

Undergraduates present at campus conference

Four undergraduate researchers (Savannah Butters, Elizabeth Berry, Lauren Arnold, and Daniella Burleson) working on the captive junglefowl colony as part of the CEFAM project under Travis Williams presented at the Aggie Research Program on their ongoing work on behavioral studies of captive populations. Well done guys!

Welcome Jamie Alfieri

Welcome Jamie Alfieri

Jamie Alfieri (re)joined the lab as a Ph.D Student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program. Jamie will be working on the genomics of avian hybridization. Welcome back Jamie!

Undergrad research paper preprint

Undergrad research paper preprint

Our manuscript looking at genetic diversity and effective population sizes in a captive Red Junglefowl population is now published as a preprint while it is under peer review. Kudos to undergrad researcher Nic Faust who worked on generating some of the data in this manuscript. Check out the paper here: Effective population sizes and adaptive genetic variation in a captive bird population

Undergrads present at Student Research Week

Undergrads present at Student Research Week

Undergraduate researchers Nik Faust and Morgan Modrzejewski presented a talk and poster, respectively, on the work they have been doing in our lab, at the Texas A&M Student Research Week. SRW is the largest student-run symposium of its kind. Congrats to Nik and Morgan for the hard work that led to the presentations!

Animal Genetics Conference in Cambridge, UK

Animal Genetics Conference in Cambridge, UK

I recently presented at the Animal Genetics and Disease conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK. This was the inaugural meeting of this new conference. The conference featured speakers including Leif Andersson, Sue Lamont, Helen Sang, Peter Parham, and Elaine Ostrander (NIH) among other many amazing speakers. I really liked the small close setting of this conference which was great to meet people. I presented data on new work we’ve been doing on structural genetic variation in the…

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Big Day 2017

Big Day 2017

Global Big day (birding) is May 13th this year. Its a great opportunity for amateur and professional birders to support bird conservation and participate in this global citizen science project. Check out more details here.

Wakonse

Wakonse

I participated in the Wakonse South Teaching conference held in Burnet, Texas over the weekend of March 31st. Other than being in a gorgeous location and the perfect time to be there, I had my mind blown repeatedly during some of the teaching workshops I attended there. I came back with some ideas to overhaul my own teaching, especially my undergrad genetics course. During the downtime in the conference, I made full use of the opportunity to be out and…

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Upcoming talk at Travis Audubon

Upcoming talk at Travis Audubon

With the increased attention that golden-cheeked warblers are getting, with efforts to delist the species, I believe it is a great opportunity to educate and inform the lay population, as well as the very active birding community it Texas, about what the demographic recovery means and what it doesn’t. To follow up my talks in the last year with Audubon San Antonio and Texas Ornithological Society, I will be talking about this topic at Travis Audubon in May this year.