CEB Committe on Evolutionary Biology

Jacob Cooper

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) at Park No. 566, Chicago.png

My research is focused on the biogeographic aspects of ecology and evolution in birds. I primarily work with birds in Africa, studying relationships across biogeographical barriers of different sizes. While at the University of Chicago, I have received internal funding from the University of Chicago and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, as well as support from National Geographic, the France Chicago Center, and the Field Museum to perform my dissertation research. This funding has allowed me to perform field work in Cameroon, as well as to visit other museum collections in Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I also enjoy working with biodiversity data and using it to better understand species’ ecology at different geographic scales. This work has already resulted in one publication while at the University of Chicago (doi:10.1111/jav.01771). I am an advocate for citizen science, and all of my travels (research and otherwise) are logged in the eBird citizen science database.