Systematics and biogeography of babblers (Timaliidae)
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Phylogenetics and species-limits in Pomatorhinus ruficollis
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Avian tree of life
My research focuses
on the evolutionary relationships of modern birds, the most diverse
morphological and ecological vertebrate group and the subject of numerous
biological studies. The
diversification of birds is postulated to have occurred very rapidly, with the
modern orders originating at roughly similar times. This pattern of radiation has led to enormous difficulty
deciphering deep avian relationships.
In fact, higher-level (i.e. interordinal) avian relationships are hotly
contested and remained largely unresolved until now, despite numerous
studies. Funded by the National
Science Foundation’s Assembling the Tree of Life program, the Early Bird project was
designed to collect genomic-scale data in order to decipher the phylogenetic
relationships of all major lineages of living birds. This “phylogenomic” study is a collaboration involving five
research labs. Together we
collected over 32 kilobases of DNA sequences each for over 200 representatives
across the diversity of birds. More...
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