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Maude Baldwin

Ph.D Student

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Harvard University

26 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA02138

Tel : 617-496-9389 (Office)

Fax : 617-495-5667

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B. A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, 2005.




Research Interests

I am interested in how organisms perceive their environment and how this varies across species. I plan on combining chemical ecology, molecular evolution of gene families, and behavioral work to examine the function and evolution of taste and smell in birds. In collaboration with Prof. Gaby Nevitt and Dr. Terry O'Dwyer at UC Davis I am investigating intraspecific chemical signals and potential receptors in Leach's Storm Petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) . I am also very interested in avian taste receptors and have begun work on both molecular and behavioral aspects of taste in hummingbirds and emus.

After graduating from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2005, I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany on a project on wing morphology and migration in subpopulations of the Common Stonechat with Dr. Barbara Helm, and helped as a field assistant in Panama on a project of Dr. Emily DuVal (now at Florida State University) on Lance-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia lanceolata). I then worked in the lab of Dr. Mitchell Baker at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) studying pesticide resistance and mating behavior in the Colorado Potato Beetle, as well as trends in vertebrate dispersal patterns. I joined the Edwards lab in 2007.



Recent Publications

Baldwin, M.W., Winkler, H., Organ, C.L. & Helm, B. (2010). Wing pointedness associated with migratory distance in common-garden and comparative studies of stonechats (Saxicola torquata). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1050-1063.

Organ, C.L., Rasmussen, M.D., Baldwin, M.W., Kellis, M. & Edwards, S.V. (2010). Phylogenomic approach to the evolutionary dynamics of gene duplication in birds. In: Evolution after gene duplication (K. Dittmar & D. Liberles, eds), pp. 253-268. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ.

Ferrero, D. M., Wacker, D., Roque, M. A., Baldwin, M. W., Stevens, R. C., & Liberles, S. D. (2012). Agonists for 13 trace amine-associated receptors provide insight into the molecular basis of odor selectivity. ACS Chemical Biology, 7(7), 1184-1189.

Kim, W., Peaudecerf, F., Baldwin, M. W., & Bush, J. W. (2012). The hummingbird's tongue: a self-assembling capillary syphon. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.


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