Qvarnström lab: NEWS

February 2017

Congratulations Dr. McFarlane!

Eryn successfully defended her thesis last Friday after an intense and captivating exchange with her opponent, Professor Jenny Boughman from Michigan State University. She is now ready to fledge and we are all very happy for her and looking forward to continued future collaborations!

February 23, 2016

In the first half of February, two members of the lab, William Jones and Eryn McFarlane, travelled to the Comoé National Park Research Station in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa to try and locate Pied Flycatchers on their wintering grounds.

We are happy to report that the birds are abundant in gallery forest and forest mosaic habitats. We managed to capture a few individuals and collect various data on them. We are the first researchers from Uppsala to catch flycatchers on their wintering grounds!

We welcome our most recent Masterstudent Xuelai Wang, who joined our lab in November 2015. She is using genome wide association studies (GWAS) to evaluate whether the genetic structure of the collared flycatcher population vary across geographical distance and in relation to abiotic factors.