Moore Laboratory of Zoology
Bird Tours & Outreach
Highest bird to student ratio
We are a museum of 65,000 vintage bird and mammal specimens at a small liberal arts college in Los Angeles. With our team of students, we conduct cutting-edge research—combining vintage specimens with modern DNA technology—to understand how Earth’s biodiversity got here and where it is headed in the future.
of all hummingbird species represented
specimens from Ecuador
largest university or college collection in the U.S.
Dr. McCormack uses museum specimens and genomes to study the evolutionary history of birds, focusing especially on how both ancient landscape changes and more recent human-caused environmental changes affect birds’ distributions, appearance, and DNA.
Director and Curator of the Moore Laboratory of Zoology; Associate Professor, Biology
Dr. Maley is an expert in ornithology and museum collections. His research on secretive wetland birds called rails helped us understand how species sometimes hybridize and led to the recognition that California’s local rail was even more distinctive than previously thought.
Collections Manager, Moore Laboratory of Zoology
Dr. Terrill studies the evolution of bird molt, an incredible adaptation that allows birds to drop and regrow worn feathers each year. As the lead on the Mexican Bird Resurvey Project, he is using big biodiversity data and genomic tools to...
Postdoctoral Researcher, Moore Lab of Zoology
Ms. Pentico runs the new Fletcher Jones Foundation Genomics Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Biology from Harvey Mudd College. She started in the Moore Lab in 2019 and leads projects generating DNA data for...
Lab Technician, Moore Lab of Zoology
Ms. Tsai has experience with genomics and museum collections. She is currently a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at UCLA where she is studying the genetics of color evolution using large-scale biodiversity data. From...
Whitney Tsai Nakashima
Lab Manager, Moore Lab of Zoology
Ms. Wong heads the Moore Lab's outreach activities, planning tours and events with local schools and community partners. She has a background working with environmental NGOs in exhibitions, events, and marketing.
Project and Outreach Coordinator, Moore Lab of Zoology