About Darren Irwin

I am a Professor in the Department of Zoology, and the Biodiversity Research Centre, at the University of British Columbia.

Call for archiving of bird images, recordings, and DNA published: OMBIRDS


The citation:

Szabo, I., S. Cavaghan, G. Hurley, and D.E. Irwin. 2014. A call for the preservation of images, recordings, and other data in association with avian genetic samples, and the introduction of a solution: OMBIRDS. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 131: 321-326. Link

Feel free to email Darren Irwin for a PDF.

For more information, please see the OMBIRDS page at the Beaty Museum’s website:


Congrats to Dr. Toews!


Dave Toews defended his Ph.D., titled “Hybridization, Speciation and the Biogeography of Genetic and Phenotypic Variation in Setophaga Warblers,” with much success on April 14th, 2004. We all wish Dr. Toews all the best with his future work. We have greatly enjoyed Dave’s presence as a M.Sc. and then Ph.D. student, and will miss him very much.

Congrats to Dr. Lee-Yaw!


Julie defended her thesis, titled “Understanding parapatric range limits in the Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum),” with much success on Friday, December 7th, 2013.

We wish Julie all the best with her move to Switzerland for a postdoc with Prof. Dr. Yvonne Willi, at the University of Neuchâtel, where Julie will continue studying range limits, this time with plants. She will be missed here at UBC!

Kira Delmore publishes paper on Swainson’s thrush migration (in Proceedings B)


Here is a UBC press release.

Delmore, K.E., J.W. Fox, and D.E. Irwin. 2012. Dramatic intraspecific differences in migratory routes, stopover sites and wintering areas revealed using light-level geolocators. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, published online ahead of print.

This paper is getting quite a bit of coverage in the popular press:

Kira’s CBC Radio interview with Daybreak South host Chris Walker

Articles in:
Huffington Post: “Birds with backpacks help UBC track bird migration
Maclean’s: “Tiny backpacks show birds don’t always flock together
Vancouver Sun: “B.C. birds lug backpacks along migration, fill them with data
The Province: “Backpack-toting birds give UBC researchers something to crow about
Birdwatch Magazine: “Swainson’s thrushes keep their distance
ScienceDaily: “Backpack-toting birds help researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots