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


PhD students Julie Lee-Yaw, David Toews, and Kira Delmore win student talk awards


Congrats to Julie, Dave, and Kira on their student talk awards!!! Details below:

Julie Lee-Yaw:  Stoye Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, for her talk on ” Evidence for reduced feeding performance in a contact zone between long-toed salamander subspecies,” presented at the World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, BC, 8-14 August 2012.

David Toews: Student presentation award from the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, for his talk on “Introgression in the yellow-rumped warbler species complex: can variation in migratory behavior explain differences in mitochondrial genotype and phenotype in a cryptic hybrid zone?” Presented at the 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, BC, 14-18 August 2012.

Kira Delmore: Student presentation award from Bird Studies Canada for her talk on “Tracking Swainson’s thrushes along divergent migratory pathways using light-level geolocators,” presented at the 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, BC, 14-18 August 2012.

Excellent talks were also given at the NAOC-V by MSc student Haley Kenyon (“Can song discriminate between MacGillivray’s and mourning warblers in a narrow hybrid zone?”) and postdoctoral researchers Dr. Sampath Seneviratne (“Phenotypic and genetic variation across hybrid zones between three allospecies of sapsuckers”) and Dr. Miguel Alcaide (“Genomics of a ring species, the greenish warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides“).

New lab website


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