The Phylogeny of New World Chickadees in the family Paridae

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Robert Driver

Robert Driver graduated with a degree in biology from Muhlenberg College in 2009. Following his time as an undergraduate, he worked in the department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania researching the sleep-like state of the roundworm C. elegans, a developmentally-timed period of reduced locomotion called “lethargus.” His findings were published in Current Biology. In 2012, Robert began work in the department of Biology at Drexel University, where he researched the army ant-following behavior of birds in Neotropical premontane wet forests in Costa Rica. In 2013, he joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, again using the model organism C. elegans to detect mutants with reduced tolerance to changes in osmolarity. Robert came to Villanova in 2014 and joined the lab of Dr. Robert Curry. His research focuses on fitness consequences related to hybridization. To study decreased survival of hybrid offspring, he works both in the laboratory and at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, studying a model hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees.