Our lab conducts research in integrative evolutionary biology by studying organismal biology (behavior and physiology) to better understand how vertebrate animals, birds in particular, adapt to changing environments and form new species.
We are currently studying animal migration. Migration has always intrigued humans— how do billions of birds know how to move thousands of miles each year and return the following spring to breed? How do they know when and where to go? And especially, will they be able to ‘keep up’ with environmental change?
The answer is to be found at many levels, but the one that interests us most is how birds process environmental cues, such as day length and temperature, in order to time annual recurring events. Will the mechanisms they use serve them well in a changed environment?