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Staff Scientist
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I am a Staff Scientist in the Zoology Department, Bird Division and am working on The Field Museum's Emerging Pathogens Project. My research program focuses on three main areas: 1) avian and parasite phylogenetics, comparative biology and evolutionary history, 2) coevolutionary history of birds and their parasites, and 3) biodiversity surveys of avian parasites and pathogens. In particular much of my work has focused on examining the factors that promote the processes of diversification and speciation at both the microevolutionary and macroevolutionary levels. I principally use birds and their parasites as my model system and I have addressed evolutionary questions about host-parasite coevolution, host-switching, mimicry, avian hybridization, geographic variation, and population genetic structure.

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Website for "Southern Amazonian birds and their symbionts: Biodiversity and endemicity of parasites from the most diverse avifauna on Earth" Project

Outreach Media and Interviews

Variety is the Spice of Lice: http://vimeo.com/44956295

Science at FMNH-Collecting Birds for Museums: http://vimeo.com/49323191

Science at FMNH-The Emerging Pathogens Project: http://vimeo.com/49323186

Science at FMNH-Can working at The Field Museum change your life? (A video about how working at the Field Museum helped my undergraduate student to discover her love for biology): http://vimeo.com/49323192

NPR: All Things Considered: Big-Beaked Toucans Play It Cool: http://tinyurl.com/mscfyn

ChicagoPR: Eight-Forty-Eight: Dead Migratory Birds: http://tinyurl.com/9t4fzo2

FMNH Expeditions: Amazonian Birds: http://vimeopro.com/fieldmuseum/amazonian-birds