Shawn on towhee hybrids at the International Ornithological Congress

At the IOC in Vancouver, Shawn presented a portion of his postdoctoral work from the lab, describing how genetic data were generated from museum specimens using the HyRAD protocol. These data were used to characterize a hybrid zone between Eastern and Spotted Towhees, which showed extensive genetic introgression and low differentiation across the Great Plains. Shawn will use these results to compare with modern towhee samples to see how hybridization has changed over time in this region.

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