Birds & Brains
We have studied a variety of organisms and systems to answer our questions. Right now most (but not all!) of our projects use the model of the rock dove (Columba livia), also known as the common pigeon. Doves have historically been used as powerful models for studying reproductive behavior, genetics, and more recently, genomics. In addition, these birds have been used across the globe as a bioindicator species of environmental contaminants. For these reasons and more, the B3 lab focuses much of our work on this amazing, highly underappreciated animal!