The Mason Lab studies avian ecology, evolution, 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 also promote stewardship of our planet through education and outreach to increase ecological and evolutionary literacy and mitigate biodiversity loss.


16 Sep 2020

New review in the Auk on the ecology, evolution, and quantification of plumage patterns led by Nick.

09 Sep 2020

Welcome, Maggie! A new postdoc in our lab focusing on the evolution of migration in suboscines!

24 Aug 2020

First day of classes of the first semester for the Mason Lab at LSU.

15 Jul 2020

Welcome, Subir! A new postdoc in our lab focusing on the genomics of local adaptations in Horned Larks!

15 Jul 2020

Nick has arrived in Baton Rouge! The Mason Lab is officially underway.

15 Jul 2020

Welcome, David! The first PhD student in the Mason Lab, David is interested in the evolution of migration, biogeography, and speciation.

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