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The Adirondack Archipelago: Bird Evolution at the Edge of the Boreal Forest @ 7:00 PM

Location: The Old Chapel, at the end of Liberty Lane @ Union College Schenectady, NY

The great swath of spruce-fir forest that stretches from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes reaches its southern limit in the mountains of New York. Here you find the southern outpost for the Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell’s Thrush, and other boreal forest specialists, their populations isolated as if on an archipelago of islands that rise above a sea of temperate deciduous forest. The evolution of these bird populations is the focus of research led by Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum. In this talk, Kirchman will describe his work catching and sampling birds in the field and sequencing their genes in the DNA lab, examining the geographic patterns of genetic diversity in the boreal forest archipelagos of northeastern North America.

Dr. Jeremy Kirchman has been Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum and Affiliate Professor of Biology at the State University of New York at Albany since 2006. Kirchman grew up in Illinois and first became interested on ornithology during a summer job in the Ozark Mountains in 1993,and has been studying birds ever since. Kirchman earned a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1994, and a MS in zoology from Louisiana State University in 1997. It was at LSU that he first became interested in museum specimen collections. From 1997-2001 he worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL, and in 2006 he completed his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.

close - The Adirondack Archipelago: Speaker’s Reception @ 5:30pm

Thursday April 26th - Speaker's Reception, 5:30pm - Enjoy light refreshments and viewing the photography awards exhibit prior to theThe Adirondack Archipelago: Bird Evolution at the Edge of the Boreal Forest special program at 7:00pm in the Old Chapel at the end of Liberty Lane on the Union College Campus.

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