my favorite creature : the Rufous-collared Sparrow
me and female Batara, Lomas de Olmedo, Salta, 2005
Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolution Group, Biology Department,
University of Western Ontario. (519) 661 2111 x81324
PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOW RETIRED AND THEREFORE AM TAKING NO FURTHER GRAD STUDENTS
My research interests include:
EVOLUTION OF MORPHOLOGICAL & BEHAVIOURAL TRAITS
Broadly stated, my interests concern the characterization and interpretation of patterns of behavioural (mainly song), morphological and genetic variation, among individuals, among populations or among species.
I work primarily on passerine birds, and recent or current studies in my
lab. include: covariation in morphological, allozyme, mtDNA and song characteristics
in the South American sparrow Zonotrichia capensis, ontogeny and discrimination
dialects in Zonotri chia capensis, evaluation of the Acoustic Adaptation
Hypothesis in the explanation of bird song-structure, evolutionary convergence
among south American seedeating birds, and a phylogenetic study of the Neotropical
furnariid radiation, using DNA-sequence data.
You can find out more about all this at my Research Page.
At Western, I teach in the Biology, Zoology and Ecology & Evolution programs, and you can find information on some of my courses at the following locations:
Each course document will have links to related areas of interest elsewhere on the net.
I also contribute a few lectures to Interdisciplinary Studies 020E, The Sea.
Things I do in my other life:
A good deal of my "hobby-time" is devoted to Thames Valley International.
Follow that link to find out about who & what we are, how we came to be, about our repertoire of original dances, and sundry other morris-related musings.
If you find this stuff remotely interesting, you might like to visit Jeff Bigler's Directory of MorrisSides, or Rich Holmes' Morris page