Our lab sits on the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit, and today it is still the home to many Indigenous people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

We are 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)

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Santiago Claramunt

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

s.claramunt [a] utoronto.ca