Welcome to the McCormack Lab!

Our research seeks to unite natural history collections with genomic techniques to explore the evolutionary origins of species. We explore evolutionary questions at the levels of populations (speciation-in-action and hybrid zones), species (phylogeography), and higher taxa (deep-level systematics).

Our work takes place in the Moore Laboratory of Zoology (MLZ), a world-renowned bird collection at Occidental College, home to over 65,000 specimens, mostly bird study skins from Mexico. The MLZ holds the largest Mexican bird collection in the world. Part of our research is promoting the use of this collection for basic research on the evolution of conservation of Mexican biota.

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The MLZ collection is searchable on Arctos and Ornis.

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Online Resources

Collaborators and I host a website devoted to open access of our lab protocols and bioinformatic pipelines for processing UCE data (see Research).

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