Dr. Michael Braun. My research at the Smithsonian Institution uses sequence capture, genotyping-by-sequencing and next-generation sequencing to decipher phylogeographic and population genomic patterns of Southeast Asian birds.
At its core, my research interest lies in determining how geography, ecology and history interact to create, maintain, and distribute biological diversity. The specific fields in which I have carried out research include: landscape ecology, habitat selection, statistical phylogeography, environmental niche modeling, and population genetics. Most of my field work is conducted in tropical Southeast Asia.
I am from Malaysia and attended high school in Singapore. I got my bachelor's degree (B.Env.Sc.) from the University of Wollongong, Australia. After working in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a couple years, I joined Navjot Sodhi's lab in the National University of Singapore for my master's. * Big Forest River is the literal translation of my name, as written in Han characters - though in Chinese, it sounds much more "poetic".
Haw Chuan Lim (林 浩 川)
Apr '15 Link to schedule for SI genomics workshops (4/20-7/6, Mondays, 2-3pm, NMNH WG33). Please email me if you are interested in presenting.
Mar '15 Paper "Return to the Malay Archipelago: the biogeography of Sundaic rainforest birds" available as online early in Journal of Ornithology (IOC special issue).
Feb '15 Paper on Oriental Magpie Robin and Coppersmith Barbet available as online early in Current Zoology.
Jan '15 Manuscript "Deep sequencing and ecological characterization of gut microbial communities of diverse bumble bee species" accepted by PLoS One.
Dec '14 Proposal on the genomic architecture of manakin speciation and trait introgression funded by Competitive Pell Grant Program ($100k). Earlier awards in 2014: AOU Wetmore (April), Smithsonian Small Grant (August).
Oct '14 Paper on shorebirds co-authored with M. Posa (Mingko) currently available at Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.
Sep '14 Check out latest field pictures from Borneo (late June - Aug 2014) targeting several avian hybrid zones
Dec' 12 Link to slides for invited talk at IOCSEA, Khao Lak, Thailand. Thanks organizers!
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