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)
Just some of the things that happened over summer.
Smithsonian Intern Carolina Ferreira helped to quantify ecological niche and morphology of Arachnothera (spiderhunters). The data will be applied towards their phylogeny to see how these traits evolve.
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.
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