Join PhD student Kathryn Grabenstein and Wild Bear for a virtual presentation on mountain chickadees genetics and evolution in the Rocky Mountains. The presentation will be 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A.
Kathryn is currently an NSF Predoctoral fellow and PhD Candidate at CU Boulder working with Dr. Scott Taylor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department.
She studies how humans alter the way closely-related species interact and the evolutionary consequences of those behavioral shifts. Specifically, she explores how when humans build cities, they can change how species that live there interact, and in some cases, cause them to interbreed and produce hybrids. This hybridization in human-altered environments highlights the power of habitat disturbances to break well-established species barriers. However, few studies have experimentally assessed how disturbances drive hybridization.
Combining genomics and field studies, Kathryn investigates how disturbance modifies interactions between chickadees to promote hybridization. Her work focuses on establishing a long-term study, the Boulder Chickadee Study, as an experimental framework and community science network to explore basic natural histories of Colorado chickadees, and to improve our understanding of how humans drive evolutionary trajectories.
Once a Wild Bear, Always a Wild Bear. For 25 years, Wild Bear has helped children and adults forge lifelong connections to nature through creative exploration of the outdoors. Specializing in mountain ecology, Wild Bear welcomes visitors to its hands-on nature center and provides year-round educational programs for people of all ages.