2017

IBIS-Journal

March/13/2017. The Editorial Board of Ibis, the journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), just communicated me that a review that I recently submitted for a manuscript under consideration for publication has been selected as one of the top 10 reviews submitted to Ibis in 2016. Reviews are assessed on quality and timeliness. I am honored to be a reviewer for Ibis. Thank you!

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February/11-12/2017. My colleagues and I, together with our NRT graduate students, attended the sUAS Remote Pilot Test Prep Course at OU as part of our NSF-NRT Earth Observation Science for Society and Sustainability (EOS3 ) Practicum course. We are looking forward to collect biological and environmental data with drones!

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SchoonerSeptember /14/2017. Eli Bridge and I started a collaboration with the Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER) at OU, which will provide the High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure that we need to run avian genome analysis. We opened our supercomputer account and we are officially Schooner users. Here is the link to OSCER. More coming soon..

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2016

PrintAugust/22/2016. First week of the fall semester and we are excited to meet our first cohort of NRT graduate students! We will teach the first two courses of the Earth Observation Science for Society and Sustainability (EOS3 ) certificate: Interdisciplinary EOS3 and EOS3 Data Analytics. Follow this link for more details…

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August/16-20/2016. My colleagues and I presented our research at the North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) in Washington, D.C.. The theme of the meeting was “Bringing Science and Conservation Together.” Remarkably, this was “the largest-ever North American Ornithological Conference, with about 2,000 ornithological professionals, amateurs and students from North America, the Caribbean, and around the world”. Great conference indeed! Here is the link to the conference

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uclaApril/18-21/2016. Just got back from UCLA where I attended training for BestRAD Illumina Library Preparation. Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research have already mapped the migration paths of sub-populations of the Wilson’s warbler, and compiled the genomic data of a second bird species by analyzing DNA”…continue to read here

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CEECApril/16-17/2016. My Co-authors David Hille and William Oakley will be presenting a poster at the The Central Ecology and Evolution Conference (CEEC) in Norman. CEEC is the new sister conference to the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC). Our poster will be about the survey “Human perception of wildlife” and it can be downloaded here.

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radar_logo2April/14/2016. I will be presenting at our weekly Aeroecology meeting (OBS). I will cover topics on light pollution, radar data, animal behavior, and migration.

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cogerApril/08/2016. Article accepted for publication in Conservation Genetics Resources, hurray!! Genome-wide identification and characterization of simple sequence repeats in the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) for population and forensic analyses.” Contina et al. 2016 (doi:10.1007/s12686-016-0522-2).

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IZcoverMarch/14/2016. Article accepted for publication in Integrative Zoology, hurray! Exploring novel candidate genes from the Mouse Genome Informatics Database: potential implications for avian migration research.” Contina et al. 2016. (DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12199).

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March/05/2016. Oklahoma Biodiversity Network – First Forum hosted at OU!! Excellent opportunity to build “a collaborative community to tackle some of the most pressing biological conservation issues in Oklahoma”. We had great time and great ideas… looking forward to the next event!

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February/01/2016. Invited speaker RiddeManitoba_Contina_seminarll Faculty Seminar of Env. Earth & Res. – University of Manitoba, Canada!! I will be giving a talk entitled “Ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of Neotropical Songbirds”                      

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SCFJanuary/12-13/2016. Software Carpentry Workshop at OU. Thank you S.C. for helping us with Unix Shell, building code in Python, and using GitHub. I really enjoyed this workshop!!

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2015

BEECDecember/14/2015. Co-Author ofDo molt-migrant songbirds optimize migration routes based on primary productivity?” Bridge et al. 2015. Now available at doi:10.1093/beheco/arv199          

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uwDecember/14-15/2015. Invited speaker Dept. of Veterinary Sciences – University of Wyoming. I will be giving a talk on Painted Bunting population genetics, ecology, and migration.

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OU_AOU_2015July 28-Aug 02/2015. This year’s annual meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union (arguably the largest and most diverse ornithological society in the New World) and the Cooper Ornithological Society will take place at the University of Oklahoma in Norman! It is great to be part of the organizing committee! Here is the conference link

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