Our group studies avian genomics and the ecology of emerging Neotropical diseases. We are museum scientists that blend specimen-based approaches with cutting-edge tools that have emerged during the “Age of DNA”. Our work is focused on Neotropical ecosystems and the southern Great Plains.

Matthew Miller is the Curator of the Ornithology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Our group has an academic home in the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Biology.

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.

Posted 15 Sep 2016

We’ve arrived in Norman! Our group is settling in to Norman, the University of Oklahoma, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Over the summer, we will begin our first Great Plains collecting trip, return to Panama to export tissue duplicates back to our SNOMNH lab, and welcome Kevin and Krisangel to the group. It’s also a time for me to finish all the old manuscripts that have been lingering.

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