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  • Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas

    Melanie Colón

    The Ornithology group in the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas conducts research and provides undergraduate and graduate education on the birds of the world. Research topics include the species limits and species diversity, evolution, geography, genetics and genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology, and behavior. This work is greatly enhanced by extensive research collections of world birds, numbering more than 107,000 specimens, many of which are recently collected as part of the group's global bird sampling program. The data associated with all Ornithology specimens are freely available via http://vertnet.org.


    The collection may be browsed online via our DiGIR Portal and ORNIS.


    Collection Strengths: 107,000 specimens


    Research Strengths:

    Extensive program of avian inventories worldwide, with recent sampling trips to Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Fiji, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, and Palau. Expertise in molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography, niche modeling and biogeography, and pathogen surveillance in birds.

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