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We interested in understanding how birds evolved and became one of the most diverse groups of vertebrates. We study how the interplay among speciation, extinction, phenotypic evolution and dispersal generated patterns of avian biodiversity over large temporal and geographic sales. We analyze molecular, phenotypic, and environmental data using phylogenetic and comparative methods to study the tempo and mode of bird evolution. Our work is highly integrative and aims for the unification of evolutionary and ecological theories of biodiversity.

Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Lochmias nematura (photo by Mark Peck)

Lab Values & Philosophy

  • We practice science ethically and respecting nature and people.
  • We strive to create an inclusive environment in which everybody feels valued and respected.
  • We welcome people from all nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and gender identities.
  • We are collaborative, not competitive, our goal is to build knowledge together.

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Contact information:

Santiago Claramunt

Department of Natural History
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
25 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B2

1(416) 586-5520
sclaramunt [a] rom.on.ca