Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Tel : 617-496-9389 (Office)
Fax : 617-495-5667
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B. A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, 2005.
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.
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.