SnowbirdIntegrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco

SnowbirdIntegrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco

Ellen D. "Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780226330778

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This edited volume applies concepts and approaches from integrative organismal biology and evolutionary biology to a songbird genus, Junco. Among the most common and abundant groups of songbirds in North America, juncos exhibit stunning phenotypic diversity across their continent-wide range, and they have been the subject of numerous foundational studies in evolution, ecology, and animal behavior for nearly a century. Across its 14 co-authored chapters, the book synthesizes past, present, and future research programs on the role of hormones in life-history trade-offs, sex differences, and the evolution of behavior, as well as research on the junco as a model of avian diversification and speciation. The 19 contributing authors are biologists from 4 countries and 13 institutes or universities who share a keen interest in the junco because of its current and historical role in understanding evolutionary processes, the mechanisms underlying social behaviors, and how animals know when to breed and migrate. All of the contributors have conducted research on the junco, and collectively they provide diverse expertise in behavioral ecology, behavioral neuroendocrinology, biogeography, bird song, conservation biology, ecological genomics, migration biology, physiological ecology, quantitative genetics, seasonality, and urban ecology.  The volume is designed to appeal to scholarly audiences and serious amateurs.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Introduction

Ellen D. Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell

Chapter Two The Junco

Ellen D. Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell

Chapter Three Axes of Biogeographic Variation in the Avian Genus Junco

Jonathan W. Atwell, Dawn M. O’Neal, and Ellen D. Ketterson

Chapter Four Phenotypic Engineering

Nicole M. Gerlach and Ellen D. Ketterson

Chapter Seven Diving Deeper into Mechanism

Kimberly A. Rosvall, Christine M. Bergeon Burns, and Mark P. Peterson

Chapter Eight More than Meets the Eye

Borja Milá, Pau Aleixandre, Sofía Alvarez-Nordström and John McCormack

Chapter Ten Shifts in Hormonal, Morphological, and Behavioral Traits in a Novel Environment

Jonathan W. Atwell, Danielle J. Whittaker, Trevor D. Price, and Ellen D. Ketterson

Chapter Eleven A Physiological View of Population Divergence

Christine M. Bergeon Burns and Kimberly A. Rosvall

Chapter Thirteen Dark-Eyed Junco Song

Gonçalo C. Cardoso and Dustin G. Reichard

Chapter Fourteen Standing on the Shoulders

Ellen D. Ketterson amd Jonathan W. Atwell