New paper out in Oikos comparing two populations of Hudsonian Godwits with and without an ecological mismatch! (Jan)
Our new paper characterizing massive supergene in White-throated Sparrows is out in Current Biology! (Jan)
Metabolic Ecology Symposium selected! (Jan): Andy Boyce and I are organizing a symposium for NAOC 2016 in D.C and we've got an all-star lineup in store!
Cheviron lab goes west! (Aug): We've relocated to the Program of Organismal Biology, Ecology, & Evolution in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula! Sorry to say goodbye to friends and colleagues in Urbana-Champaign but couldn't be happier to be closer to these western juncos and explore the new scenery.
Summer fieldwork (Jun): Spent June in the Tetons with Matt Carling and his student Doug Eddy investigating (1) tradeoffs between aerobic performance and immune function and (2) the relative contributions of the oxygen and fuel supply pathways to thermogenic performance.
SICB 2015 (Jan): Zac, Henry, and I escaped winter to present our latest findings in West Palm Beach and we welcomed postdoc Jon Velotta - an excellent addition to the Cheviron lab!
Outreach with University Elementary (Oct):Just received some awesome thank you notes from the 2nd and 3rd graders at University Elementary, which included this very accurate portrait of me identifying a pelican. Students from grades 2-5 recently visited the department's teaching collection for their self-elected theme, Birds and Flight.
AOU Estes Park (Sep): Lots of great science at this year's AOU meeting in Estes Park, Colorado! I attended with labmates Phred Benham, Nick Sly, and Henry Pollock, and presented our new findings on patterns of avian metabolic scope--a Cheviron lab collaborative project.
Science = Mastered (Jul): Successfully defended my thesis! Now on to the PhD...
Spring Successes (May): April was a very rewarding month! I received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Clark summer fellowship, research grants from the AMNH Chapman Fund and Sigma Xi, followed by a grant from the Illinois Ornithological Society, as well as the School of Integrative Biology Heiligenstein Teaching Award! On top of that, my first chapter was accepted for publication. Feeling very fortunate!
Chilean Shorebird Survey Workshop (Jan): Flew to Santiago, Chile to take part in a 3-day workshop to train volunteers that will be conducting shorebird surveys along the entire coast of Chile this February! This work was organized by Dr. Nathan Senner and the Red de Observadores de Chile and will be complemented by simultaneous surveys along the coast of Peru. Together, these surveys will provide the data to enable comprehensive estimates of shorebird populations over much of Pacific South America.
SICB 2014 (Jan): Presented my thesis work at the SICB Annual Meeting in Austin and got a chance to hear about all of the great research my friends Jacquie Grace, Allison Fritts-Penniman, and Shane Campbell-Staton are doing for their dissertations! Plus, SICB announced that they generously awarded me a Grant-in-Aid of Research!
Winter fieldwork (Dec) : My labmates, Nick Sly and Phred Benham, and I took a cross-country road trip to New Mexico. We stayed at UNM's fantastic field station at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley. We teamed up with folks from the Witt Lab and the Museum of Southwestern Biology to sample Pink-sided and Oregon Juncos for my research!