I am delighted to say that next step on my academic journey will take me to the Natural History Museum in London/Tring, UK, for a two-year project with the somewhat pompous title The genomic underpinnings of convergent evolution: Repeated loss of flight in island rails, the greatest avian colonizers. Starting this fall, I will be hosted by Alex Bond, Senior Curator in Charge of the amazing bird collections, and I will collaborate closely with Jaime Chaves at SFSU.
This project is made possible by the European Union, who has awarded me a Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship.
Photo of the flightless Inaccessible Island Rail: Martim Melo (c). Photo of NHM London by Diliff, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 at http://tiny.cc/o8zojz.