2 Works

Data from: Sequence capture of ultraconserved elements from bird museum specimens

John E. McCormack, Whitney L. E. Tsai, Brant C. Faircloth & Whitney L.E. Tsai
New DNA sequencing technologies are allowing researchers to explore the genomes of the millions of natural history specimens collected prior to the molecular era. Yet, we know little about how well specific next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques work with the degraded DNA typically extracted from museum specimens. Here, we use one type of NGS approach, sequence capture of ultraconserved elements (UCEs), to collect data from bird museum specimens as old as 120 years. We targeted 5060...

Data from: Speciation in mountain refugia: phylogeography and demographic history of the pine siskin and black-capped siskin complex

Sofía Alvarez, Jessie F. Salter, John E. McCormack & Borja Milá
Following Pleistocene glacial maxima, species that adapted to temperate climates in low-latitude refugia had to modify their ranges as climate changed, expanding either latitudinally towards the poles, or altitudinally to higher elevations in mountainous regions. Within just a few thousand years, populations taking alternative routes during interglacials became isolated from each other and subjected to different selection pressures, often leading to lineage divergence and speciation. The pine siskin Spinus pinus is a common and widespread...

Registration Year

  • 2015

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • Occidental College
  • Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
  • Louisiana State University of Alexandria
  • Louisiana State University