Check out what I've been up to! Satellite tracking of my route and current location for my 2018 field season can be found here:

I'm a PhD Candidate in the Burns lab at San Diego State University studying animal behavior and hybridization between Allen's (Selasphorus sasin) and Rufous (Selasphorus rufus) Hummingbird.

From March through May I'll be conducting field work, sampling the inland transect in northern California, and eventually advance into central and southern Oregon along the coast. I'll provide updates and pictures on my travels as often as possible.

News: I recently had my first manuscript accepted for publication (in the final phases of editing) and am at work on three different manuscripts regarding Allen's and Rufous Hummingbird, the first of which is a description of the hybrid zone, which seems to span from Humboldt County, CA, through Lane County, OR. Other projects I am currently working on include the phylogeography of Allen's Hummingbird and an in-depth description and comparison of courtship behavior in Allen's and Rufous Hummingbird. 

2017: We've officially been award a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)! "The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant of $xxx to San Diego State University for support of the project entitled 'Collaborative Research: Admixture mapping of a hybrid zone to test Tinbergen's emancipation hypothesis'. This award starts April 15, 2017 and ends March 31, 2020." The project this grant is funding is described on the "Research" page.                             


Brian Myers
PhD Candidate
San Diego State University
Department of Biology