John Confer, associate professor in the Department of Biology, received $14,526 from the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute, plus a matching grant from the state Wildlife Grant.
Both grants are for his project entitled, "Hybridization and habitat selection by Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers." The awards provided funding to assess genetic introgression between the declining Golden-winged Warbler and the Blue-winged Warbler. They have provided funding for a nine-week field study with three students in southern New York. Results have already been incorporated in federal studies related to the Endangered Species Act.
To learn more about the institute, visit the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute website.
Contributed by Nancy Pierce