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Keep up-to-date on news, media and announcements from the Moore Lab of Zoology!

External Media

2024 Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society - a talk about Red-crowned and Lilac-crowned Parrots in Southern California with Moore Lab's FLAPP researcher Brenda Ramirez
2024 LAist & AirTalk - coverage on wild parrots and parakeets of L.A., community science, and FLAPP research
2024 California Curated - a blog post on Bear Divide and avian migration research
2024 Los Angeles Times - an article in the climate and environment section featuring the work and researchers of the lab's parrot project, FLAPP
2023 National Geographic - an article featuring wild parrots of L.A. and the lab's parrot project, FLAPP
2023 Los Angeles Times - an article on Bear Divide, a migratory phenomenon of birds occuring in the San Gabriel Mountains
2023 Los Angeles Times - a lifestyle article on parrots of Los Angeles
2022 Los Angeles Times - a lifestyle article on Bear Divide, a bird migratory hot spot
2022 Smologies podcast - host Alie Ward releases a bite-size edit of the 2018 podcast on evolution and Darwinism with John McCormack
2021 Los Angeles Times - a lifestyle article on vintage birds at the Moore Lab
2021 Spectrum News 1 - a news segment highlighting the vintage birds of the Moore Lab
2021 American Birding podcast - host Nate Swick discusses Amazona parrots in Southern California with John McCormack
2019 Stuffed - the lab makes an appearance in an award-winning documentary with our friend and local taxidermist Allis Markham
2019 Science Friday - an article featuring the lab's 3D digitization project of museum specimens
2018 Los Angeles Times - an Op-Ed written by the Moore Lab's director and curator John McCormack about the fire at the National Museum in Brazil
2018 Ologies podcast - host Alie Ward discusses evolutionary biology with John McCormack

Internal News

Beginner Birders Take Flight at Community Bird Walk with Moore Lab of Zoology

In late February, a group of nearly 20 students, faculty and community members gathered for a bird walk, hosted by Occidental’s Moore Laboratory of Zoology, a museum and research lab founded in 1951.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Awarded to Four Alumni and One Senior

Four Occidental alumni and a graduating senior have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Presented annually to candidates in the sciences and social sciences who are pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D., the fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study.

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Joshua Medina ’19 Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Joshua Medina ’19, whose chance encounters at Occidental with Greek statuary videos and a dog named Fred led to a new 3-D technique for documenting the colors of bird plumage, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Three Occidental Alumni Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Three Occidental College alumni have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowships, awarded annually to candidates in the sciences and social sciences who are pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D.

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Marine Biology Program Receives $347K NSF Grant

Occidental biology professor Dan Pondella has received a $346,916 grant from the National Science Foundation to digitize the College’s unique fish and marine invertebrates collection and give researchers worldwide access to it.

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McCormack Receives Nearly $800K NSF Grant for Bird Habitat Study

Occidental assistant professor of biology John McCormack, director of the Moore Lab of Zoology, has received a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant of $787,000 to fund a project that will look at how human-caused habitat change has affected birds across North America.

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New Boat on Way for Marine Biology

Southern California isn’t known for its lobster, but Occidental College’s marine biology program is about to take delivery of a brand-new classic New England-style lobster-fishing boat.

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Oxy Professor Instrumental in Protecting Calif. Bird

The genomic research of Occidental College biology professor and bird expert John E. McCormack has carried the day in determining that the coastal California gnatcatcher will remain on the endangered species list — which bars the development of thousands of acres of coastal real estate.

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"Emily Arthur – Endangered" at Oxy March 2-April 9

Printmaker Emily Arthur, whose installations and works on paper comment on environmental degradation and human rights, will be the subject of a one-person show titled "Emily Arthur—Endangered" in Occidental College’s Weingart Gallery March 2-April 9.

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Moore Lab Receives Nearly $3 Million

Occidental’s Moore Laboratory of Zoology has received a total of $1.15 million in grants from the Fletcher Jones Foundation and the Keck Foundation to transform the 65-year-old lab into a state-of-the-art genomics center. Together with a $1.8-million grant from a generous anonymous alumnus, the College has raised $2.95 million in new funds to makeover the Lab.

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