Back for Dry Season 2021

Dec 2, 2021

Mairenn and Chima with a village weaver

The Dry Season team is back into the swing of things! Dr Chima Nwaogu began data collection for his fellowship project on breeding phenology, focusing on tchagras and dark-capped bulbuls in addition to historical egg collection records from the Choma area. Collins Moya and Silky Hamama are taking the lead to continue data collection on this project over the coming months. Jess Lund has been studying greater and lesser honeyguides, as well as their hosts. Meanwhile, Mairenn Attwood has been conducting playback experiments on fork-tailed drongos. After missing the 2021 season due to the pandemic, it was great to return to the site, see everyone again, and get back to field work!


Jess Lund awarded an R. C. Lewontin Grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution

The Society for the Study of Evolution has awarded Jess Lund an R. C. Lewontin Graduate Research Excellence Grant, which will enable her to expand her investigations into the fascinating lives of honeyguides. This grant is awarded to students early in their PhD programmes to assist them in enhancing the scope of their research. Thank you to the SSE for their generous support of our work!

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New paper on eggshell surface properties

Stephanie McClelland’s paper entitled “Eggshell composition and surface properties of avian brood-parasitic species compared with non-parasitic species” has been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. This study measured structural properties of the eggshells of brood parasites and their hosts around the world. The study found that…

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