Post by Paul Dougherty
Many species of plants and animals reach the limits of their distributions in the Great Plains of North America, where, in some cases, they are replaced by a closely related species that inhabits the other half of the continent.
The most interesting feature of these contact zones for me is the potential for hybridization between previously isolated taxa. Therefore, I aimed to illustrate some of the bird species that hybridize in the Great Plains.
Post by Cody Porter
This image represents my attempt to illustrate a striking pattern in the system I study: crossbills (Loxia).
Globally, and in the Americas specifically, there is a huge discrepancy between overall and local (sympatric) diversity in the two crossbill clades (the ‘red’ and ‘white-winged’ clades).
Post by Jonathan Lautenbach
This image is an early draft representing my research trying to understand how landscape features might influence the survival of sharp-tailed grouse in south-central Wyoming.
Author: Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, PhD candidate studying forest birds in Panama
"Tropical biology is a new topic for many audiences, and
climate change can be difficult to describe and discuss. My professional goal is to introduce these topics approachably, accurately, and humorously when possible, so that people
can understand the strange wonder of tropical birds, and
how they are responding to the warming globe."
Howdy, Internet! I'm Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, and I'll be taking the reins of the Science Communication Blog for the coming week. Most of my posts will be discussing public art, public science, and how scientists and non-scientists interact with these projects, but I'll use this first post to introduce myself.
Author: Melanie Torres, PhD candidate studying amphibians
Good evening, and welcome back to the University of Wyoming's science communication blog! Melanie Torres here, and I'm introducing two more of our aspiring science communicators via the 60-second or so interview assignment we completed last week.
While Michelle Mason and Cody Porter are from two different backgrounds, they both are doing some pretty fantastic research for their PhDs here at the University of Wyoming! Michelle's research focuses on supermassive black holes, whereas Cody is studying speciation in birds. Have a listen and enjoy!
Introduction recorded and produced by Heather Speckman.
Introduction recorded and produced by Melanie Torres.
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