John Anthony Jones –
I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Jordan Karubian’s lab at Tulane University and I am an broadly interested in the evolution of different and elaborate animal signals. Here, my dissertation focuses on continuing the work of Dr. Enbody (below) by further exploring the adaptive significance and mechanistic underpinnings of divergent patterns of female ornamentation across Papua New Guinea. I work in the same field sites as Erik before me and have taken over blog duties as off April 2017. The blog posts are from my time in the field in Milne Bay and Western Province.
I can be reached at Jjones49 (at) tulane.edu and on Twitter: JonesJA91. More information on me and my research interest can be found at Johnajones.wordpress.com
Erik Enbody –
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Jordan Karubian’s lab
at Tulane University. I am broadly interested in the processes that drive global biodiversity, with a particular interest in tropical ecosystems. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mechanisms and adaptive benefits of plumage ornamentation in female White-shouldered Fairywrens (Malurus alboscapulatus
) of New Guinea. In this unique system, several subspecies around the island of New Guinea vary only in degree of female ornamentation (or plumage with “bright characteristics”), while male plumage remains constant around the island. I leverage this pattern of variation to examine hypotheses relating to the evolution and maintenance of female traits. My research includes a strong international component and I spend much of my time working at field sites located in Milne Bay and Western Province, Papua New Guinea. This blog includes posts from my field site while working in New Guinea during the 2015-2016 field season.
I can be reached at eenbody (at) tulane.edu. More information can be found at erikenbody.github.io/