Faculty mentor: Cagan Sekercioglu
The Sekercioglu lab has a stock of feathers and blood samples from birds banded at the Rio Mesa Center. I utilized these samples to corroborate or correct identifications made in the field by using the mitochondrial gene for cytochrome c oxidase I. Utah provides vital riparian breeding habitat for some flycatcher species. Stopover sites help guarantee successful migration. Thus, having accurate population counts will allow for improved assessments regarding conservation efforts and threats
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