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Leaping as a Way of Life: Behavioral Ecology of a Neotropical Bird

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October 25 at 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

This lecture will be held in B25 Warren Hall on the campus of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and livestreamed on Zoom.

The 2023 Paul C. Mundinger Distinguished Lectureship will be given by Regina Macedo, Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology at Brazil’s University of Brasilia.

The Blue-black Grassquit, a bird species native to South America, offers a fascinating window into avian behavior and evolutionary biology. Their eye-catching, leaping courtship dance is unique and distinctive. Dr. Regina Macedo has spent 25 years unraveling the intricacies of the Blue-black Grassquit and how the interplay between survival pressures and mate preferences molds behavior and appearances. Join us for this lecture as Dr. Macedo leads us through her work and explores how this unique Neotropical bird enhances our understanding of bird biology. 

This lectureship was established in honor of the late Paul Mundinger, who received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.


B25 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

137 Reservoir Ave
Ithaca, New York 14850 United States
Medium sized black bird perched on twig next to image of woman in a hat


October 25
5:30 pm–6:30 pm
Seminar Series

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