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Environmental conditions play a major role in determining the survival and reproduction of individuals and the ultimate persistence of populations.  At the Botero Laboratory we use a diverse set of tools from ecology and evolutionary biology to explore how variable and unpredictable conditions affect eco-evolutionary processes. Through theoretical modeling, experimental evolution, and large scale comparative studies, we seek a better understanding of general principles in biology and attempt to illuminate the mechanisms that drive them in organisms ranging from bacteria to man.

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Latest news...

[July 2017] Our first paper on the cognitive buffer hypotheses and the evolution of relative brain size in birds has been accepted for publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution! Please check in with us again for updates on its release.

[June 2017] Can ignoring the sequence of events in the evolution of complex traits lead to biased or even wrong conclusions about an evolutionary process? Our new paper on the evolution of family living and cooperative breeding in birds in PLoS Biology sugest that it may. Check out also Walter Koenig's interesting take on the significance of these findings.

[Feb 2017] Check out our new paper on the evolution of bird sociality in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Big thanks to Charlie Cornwallis for a really fun and insightful collaborative experience!

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