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Associate Curator, Birds
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The tropics harbor the highest species diversity on the planet.  My students and I study genetic structure in tropical birds and other orgsnisms to address how this diversity evolved and how it continues to evolve as climates change and humans continue to alter landscapes.


Fieldwork in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yielded some surprising finds like this turkey purchased by a Congolese colleague.