Murielle Ålund - Chasing hybrid birds on a Swedish island
It is now the 5th year that Eryn McFarlane and I have been running together through the woods of the island of Öland, Sweden, to check nestboxes and monitor two hybridising species of small birds: collared and pied flycatchers.
This year again the Qvarnström Lab ringed, sampled and measured thousands of adults and nestlings, thanks to two amazing field crews. We are studying how newly formed species interact when their range overlap after long periods of evolution in isolation, and how the climate affects these interactions.
This picture was taken as we climbed up a hill and through a field full of thorny bushes and ticks after measuring birds in our least favourite study site. As we both are about to fledge to new labs in a few months, feelings are very mixed for us, between nostalgia and excitement to start new adventures! Read more about my research here!