“Zika training in Bolivia underway“
11 Dec 2016

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.

MJM signed letter confirming value of voucher specimens
27 Nov 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?

Tick ecology paper published
01 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.

NIH Supplement funded
15 Sep 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.

New Lab!
05 Jun 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.

Tick-bird interaction paper
23 May 2016

We’ve published a new paper on tick-bird interactions from 3,500 Panama museum specimens.

Pan-Dengue meeting, April 2016, Panama City
09 Jan 2016

I have been invited to give an oral presentation of our Aedes albopictus expansion paper at the upcoming Pan-Dengue meeting sponsored by the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Panama City. It’s always fun to return to my adopted homeland and meet up with friends and collaborators.

Given the controversial nature of our paper, I’m expecting a some fireworks at the talk. But, it’s important to remember that everyone shares the goal of controlling, if not eliminating, serious vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya…we just have different professional opinions on the best way to do that.

I'm moving to Oklahoma!
15 Dec 2015

I am thrilled to announce that starting June 2016, that I will be the Assistant Curator of Ornithology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History & Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma.

If you are interested in joining my lab as a graduate student, please see this announcement.

Arremon mitogenome published
15 Sep 2015

Krisangel Lopez is firing on all fronts, as two days into her year in Peru, and her first peer-reviewed paper is published. That paper reports on the possibility of cryptic species of Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris) in Panama, on the basis of extreme sequence divergence reported in full mitogenomes from that country.

Krisangel is in Peru
13 Sep 2015

Krisangel Lopez, a former Villanova student collaborator, arrives in Lima, Peru for a 9 month internship with Robert Gilman’s International Health research group. Please take a moment and read about the wonderful work that La Familia Gilman is doing in Peru and Bolivia at the intersection of medicine, public health, development, and ecology! Bob is a hero of mine, and one day I hope to have just a fraction of the impact that he’s had using science to make the world a better place. I’m so happy that Krisangel gets to learn from the best!

West Indian Next-gen data!
03 Sep 2015

West Indian Rad-Seq data are back! Check out my Research page for some interesting preliminary analyses of the data!

2015 AOU Meeting
28 Jul 2015

I traveled to the 2015 American Ornithologists’ Union Annual Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma to give a talk on our exciting West Indian mimid biogeography. Found time to hook up with Jeff Peter’s smart and fun group!

Back to Panama
21 Jun 2015

I am traveling for a month to INDICASAT in Panama to collaborate with my BCE (best collaborator ever) Jose Loaiza to work on some fascinating climate change models for zoonotic disease vectors, interact with my PhD student, Celestino Aguilar, and begin a new project with two Swarthmore undergrads, May Dong and Robert Huang on a proteomic tick identification preliminary project. It’s going to be a wild month in Panama.

New Rad-Seq Collaboration!
17 Jun 2015

I visited Boston for two days to begin a new collaboration with Jen Mortenson, Jeff DeCosta, Mike Sorenson, Michael Reed, Kate Freeman, and Bob Curry on the historical biogeography and population genomics of the West Indian mimids using Mike and Jeff’s ddRAD-Seq impressive pipeline.

20 May 2015

PhD Student Celestino Aguilar and I are traveling to the SSB/ASN stand alone meeting in Ann Arbor to learn about all the new tools in phylogenomic biology, and to present a talk on our work on using ultraconserved elements in a Panamanian suture zone.