Please join us on Monday, March 8th at 7:00pm for another exciting Zoom presentation, featuring speaker Bryce W. Robinson. Bryce will present his talk entitled, “The Red-tailed Hawk Project – phylogenomics and the evolutionary role of plumage diversity in Buteo jamaicensis.”
The Red-tailed Hawk project is a research collaboration focused on movement ecology, systematics, and genomics of Buteo jamaicensis. Bryce will tell us about current research that the Red-tailed Hawk Project has undertaken, with a focus on genomic investigations aimed at resolving the evolutionary relationships between the multiple subspecies. The project currently has two objectives: connect phenotype and genotype to a breeding location and resolve the status of polymorphism in the subspecies abieticola.
The project also strives to provide educational resources to the public. They hope to grow this effort as a strategy for obtaining breeding provenance for population genomics work, while developing a growing data set to answer questions including, but not limited to, the phenology of movements, differential movements between and within populations, and to better understand plumage type as an indicator of geographic origin.
Bryce W. Robinson is an ornithologist and illustrator who has conducted research on birds across North and Central America, and Australia. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is working towards a PhD at Cornell University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As part of his dissertation work, Bryce leads this research project focused on the Red-tailed Hawk. Find out more about this project at www.redtailedhawkproject.org, and explore more of Bryce’s work, including his bird illustration at www.ornithologi.com.
For details of how to join the Zoom meeting, please see our March newsletter.