Nikki is a biochemistry major working with graduate student Pete Hosner and curator Robert Moyle. She works on sequencing genes to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships between bird species. This summer she is working at the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Maryland in the Laboratory of Genetics.
My research focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity. My formal training was in tropical ornithology, with a particular focus on systematics. As such, one component of my research focuses on the alpha taxonomy of birds, as well as on the phylogeny of recently radiated clades of birds. Tied to this focus is work with the basic geography of bird distributions, and with the composition of local avifaunas, based on detailed site inventories and scientific collections around the world. My work with the geographic and ecology of species' distributions, however, has taken me into other fields, including conservation biology and planning, invasive species biology, and disease transmission systems. In the latter field, my work has focused on numerous disease systems, including Chagas Disease, malaria, dengue, leischmaniasis, and ebola/Marburg. In general, my work is collaborative in nature, and usually involves geographers, computer scientists, and biologists.
Mark's research interests lie in the evolution, biogeography, and conservation of Neotropical birds, with local work in the midwestern United States. He has been conducting avian inventories across the planet and has deposited >7,000 audio recordings at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.
Joshua is an evolutionary biology major working with graduate student Carl Oliveros and curator Robert Moyle. With support from the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, he is working on phylogeography projects on Philippine birds.