The Tale of Two Titmice
Two species of Titmice (Tufted Titmouse and Black-crested Titmouse) reside across much of Texas and have been suspected of interbreeding for nearly a century. In this talk Jennifer will discuss the historical and current understanding of their species status, her recent research related to their genetics, behavior, physiology, and morphology, as well as potential impacts to their species status in the face of climate change and urban development.
Jennifer Cary Vaughn grew up in Dallas and earned her bachelor’s degree from Austin College, a master’s degree from Humboldt State University (Arcata, California), and her Ph.D. in Wildlife from Texas A&M University. She is currently teaching Environmental Science and Biology at Collin College’s Frisco campus.