The Mason Lab studies avian evolution, ecology, and conservation at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science and the Louisiana State University Department of Biological Science since Fall 2020.

We are museum-based ornithologists. Our overarching goal is to study and document avian biodiversity, and natural history collections are central to that mission. We further promote the stewardship of our planet through education and outreach to increase ecological and evolutionary literacy and mitigate biodiversity loss.


23 Apr 2021

Nick publishes a book review on ''Bird is the Word An Historical Perspective on the Names of North American Birds''.

19 Apr 2021

Collaborator Amelia Demery publishes with Nick on the macroevolutionary effects of morphology on tanager song.

12 Apr 2021

Nick publishes with MVZ collaborators on integrative species delimitation.

08 Mar 2021

Samantha Rutledge joins the Mason Lab as a new PhD student to begin in Fall 2021. Welcome, Samantha!

26 Jan 2021

MVZ undergrad Elisa Yang, Phil Unitt, and Nick publish a preprint on Dorsal color in "Oregon" Dark-eyed Juncos.

01 Jan 2021

Happy New Year from the Mason Lab! Looking forward to a productive 2021.

20 Dec 2020

Mason and Bowie (2020) is featured on the cover of the last issue of the Auk.

13 Nov 2020

Nick and collaborators publish on agriculture and stable isotopes of Horned Larks in the Imperial Valley in Journal of Ornithology.

11 Nov 2020

Subir and B10K collaborators (including many other LSUMNS members) publish 363 bird genomes in Nature.

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