The Painted Bunting is part of Bird Genoscape Project!

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Over the past seven years, I used the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) as a focal species to study avian ecology and evolution. In collaboration with my colleagues at the University of Oklahoma, Colorado State University, and UCLA, I developed DNA microsatellites for this species through a large-scale parallel pyrosequencing approach (454 Life Sciences) and investigated the patterns of population genetic structure across the species breeding and wintering range (see my CV and publication list for more details).

TEAMFrom top left to right: Andrea Contina (University of Colorado – Denver); Kristen Ruegg (Colorado State University); Christen Bossu (Colorado State University); Mike Wunder (University of Colorado – Denver and current post-doc advisor);Jeff Kelly (University of Oklahoma); Eli Bridge (University of Oklahoma).


More recently, we expanded the research on the Painted Bunting with an Illumina HiSeq 4000 genome scan to get a better insight on population migratory connectivity and to identify DNA sequences under natural selection. This research involves a large collaborative effort across departments and institutions. The first Illumina run was funded through Eli Bridge’s Lab at OU, but we have more research grant proposals in the works…more news coming up soon! We are also merging genomic data with stable isotope data! Stay tuned for more news…


Bird Genoscape Project link (click here)


Painted Bunting microsatellite DNA paper on EurekAlert! among the trending science news. You can read it here…






See the current research page and news page for more info. Above photo: Painted Bunting fitted with a geolocator at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge – OK; credits T. Michels/A. Contina. Infographic PABU SNPs worflow; credits A. Contina. List of collaborators at OU, CSU, UCD, and UCLA.

Stable Isotope map