Congratulations to CEB PhD candidate Jacob Cooper, who is the second author on First record of Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae in Nicaragua, which was just published online a few weeks ago, in Cotinga.
This paper details the first record of A. arizonae in Nicaragua, during a survey of the Serranía de Dipilto-Jalapa in June 2016. Birders in the area previously had failed to detect the species locally. Interestingly, subsequent to this discovery, A. arizonae was detected at another location in Nicaragua, suggesting that targeted surveys may be warranted to ascertain the status of this caprimulgid in country.
Jacob also is a co-author on Acknowledging uncertainty in evolutionary reconstructions of ecological niches, published on June 27 in Ecology and Evolution. This paper addresses reconstructing ecological niche evolution using an R package called nichevol, to augment insights into the biogeography and diversification of evolving lineages.
Great work, Jacob!