Our group studies avian genomics and the ecology of emerging Neotropical zoonotic diseases. We are museum scientists that blend the traditional specimen-based approaches with cutting-edge tools that have emerged during the “Age of DNA”. This provides remarkably powerful tools for investigating fundamental questions about the processes that form and maintain species diversity, as well as applied questions of biodiversity conservation and global health.

Matthew Miller is the Curator of the Ornithology Department at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, located on the southern boundary of the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma. Our group has an academic home in the Department of Biology.

Our work is focused on Neotropical ecosystems (mostly Panama) and the avian hybrid zones of the southern Plains.

Jose Loaiza and I are sitting in the Copa Club at the Toucmen Airport working on our talks for the Zika training that is happening this week in Bolivia. It will be good to get back there and do some great work with awesome people.

Posted 11 Dec 2016

Matthew Miller was one of several Sam Noble curators to sign an important letter confirming the value of vouchers for species identification. That this is an issue is crazy. What is wrong with 2016?

Posted 27 Nov 2016

Helen Esser led a new paper on tick assembly and host body size that is out in The International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife.

Posted 01 Nov 2016

Led by Bob Gilman, Jose Loaiza and I were awarded an NIH Training Grant Supplement to train Bolivian scientists on field and lab techniques to combat emerging mosquito-borne zoonoses such as Zika. Our first trip to Bolivia is in December.

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