EEB Seminar: November 7th 2013

King of Holland Bird of Paradise, first described in 1875 and painted here by John Gould in the late 1800. This ‘species’ is a hybrid between the Magnificent Bird of Paradise and the King Bird of Paradise.

Paul Martin will talk on

The Paradox of the Birds-of-Paradise: persistent hybridization as a signature of historical reinforcement

12:30 in the EEB Lounge

Paul is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Biology at Queen’s.

Birds of Paradise are way cool. And Paul’s going to tell us why. These birds are native to Australia and New Guinea. There are about 40 species in the family and they are among the most colourful and ornamented birds on the planet. Bright colours and bizarre plumage are often thought to be the signatures of speciation that help to keep closely related species from hybridising but the Birds of Paradise appear to hybridise much more than most birds.

Paul’s lab website is here and some of his recent papers are:

  • Eikenaar, C., F. Bonier, P.R. Martin and I.T. Moore. 2013 High rates of extra-pair paternity in two equatorial populations of Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis. Journal of Avian Biology DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00212.x.
  • Paul in the field (though he does wear the hat indoors, too)

    Rohwer, V.G., F. Bonier, and P.R. Martin. 2012. Juvenal plumage polymorphism in Yellow Warblers is not associated with sex. Condor 114:407-411. PDF

  • Moore, S.D. and V.G. Rohwer. 2012. The function of adult female begging during incubation in sub-arctic breeding Yellow Warblers. Animal Behaviour 84:1213-1219. PDF  [Drew Moore‘s honours thesis project in our lab]
  • Danner, J.E., R.M. Danner, F. Bonier, P.R. Martin, T.W. Small and I.T. Moore. 2011. Female, but not male, tropical sparrows respond more strongly to the local song dialect: implications for population divergence. American Naturalist 178:53-63. PDF  Featured in The New York Times, online and print (July 5, 2011, pg D3).
  • Crossman, C.A., V.G. Rohwer and P.R. Martin. 2011. Variation in the structure of bird nests between northern Manitoba and southeastern Ontario. PLoS ONE 6(4): e19086. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019086. LINK  [Carla Crossman‘s honours thesis project in our lab]

Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar

Coffee and cookies right after the seminar

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