Benjamin Van Doren

Research Interests

I study change and flexibility in bird migration. Specifically, I am interested in how birds adjust their migratory behavior in response to both short- and long-term environmental changes, and the relative contributions of individual plasticity and “hard-coded” evolutionary changes in these responses. I am also interested in how modifications in migratory behavior arise and propagate in a population and how migration can influence diversification. I enjoy using a range of tools and approaches—from light-level geolocators, to radar, to genomics—to better understand the determinants of migration.


In 2016, I graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Biological Sciences and Biometry & Statistics. My concentrations in these fields were Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Statistical Genomics.

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