Daniel M. Hooper
I am currently a RISE postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University working with Peter Andolfatto and Sarah Woolley. My research revolves around understanding speciation - the origin of species - truly as a process with a focus on Australian grassfinches in the family Estrildidae. I use a variety of comparative and functional genomic approaches together with behavioral assessments of mate preference and cognition in a hybrid context to holistically evaluate how species emerge.
Amelia is a second year PhD student in Irby J. Lovette's lab at Cornell University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her research focuses on what drives phenotypic variation through both an extrinsinc and intrinsic lens with a specialization in avian bills. Amelia is working with me to understand the polygenic basis of bill color variation in the long-tailed finch.
Kelsie is a third year undergraduate in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. She is currently using mtDNA to help evaluate the nature of hybridization in the wild between two subspecies of the long-tailed finch. Kelsie is broadly interested in behavioral ecology and field research.