To understand the origins and processes that generate biodiversity, we use genomic techniques to shed light on the process of speciation in birds, fish, and other animals.
We explore the many ways that birds have adapted to their environments and the genetic basis of underlying traits that makes birds such fascinating exemplars of evolution.
Our International Scholars Research Program supports work by researchers from around the world who seek to use genomic tools in studies of avian evolutionary biology.
Using molecular approaches, we reveal insights for conservation, such as how gene flow affects declining bird populations, or how “cryptic diversity” may exist in similar-looking species.
To understand how evolution shapes behavioral diversity, we pair molecular techniques with the study of social dynamics such as courtship displays, mating decisions, and parental care.
We contribute to Cornell’s teaching, research, and immersive field experiences, and welcome inquiries from students looking for experience in avian genomics.
Fuller Professor of Ornithology
Permissions Editor, Handbook of Bird Biology
Lab Manager of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Laboratory
Graphic of warbler, Setophaga diversity, courtesy of the Lovette lab; genetic differences between Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers, illustration by Liz Clayton Fuller; Sporophila family bird tree, courtesy of the Lovette Lab; Florida Scrub-Jay by Camille Merrell/Macaulay Library; Variegated Fairy-Wren by Tony Dawe via Birdshare.