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IACS Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Liliana M Dávalos, Co-Author’s Research Discovery of the Molecular Evolution of Hummingbirds

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In a paper published in in  Genome Biology and Evolution, lead author and graduate of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, Dr. Marisa Lim, found that multiple hummingbird species – such as this giant hummingbird,  Patogona gigas – have adapted to high altitudes in the Andes Mountains through genetic mutations that affect the same biochemical pathways.

Co-Author Dr. Liliana M. D Davalosávalos , IACS Affiliate Faculty and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, explains in the article from Stony Brook News, they conducted massive parallel computing on each gene to find out if genes had changed with the colonization of hummingbirds at high elevation habitats using the high-speed computing capacities available at the IACS to accurately identify the genes and any changes.

Please see the Stony Brook News article for more details.