– Forthcoming (in review, in revision, or in press) –

23. Mason, N.A., Brunner, R., Ballen, M.C., and I.J. Lovette. In revision. Cognitive and social benefits among underrepresented first-year biology students in a field course: a qualitative case study of experiential learning in the Galápagos. Frontiers: International Journal of Study Abroad.

22. Drury, J.P., Tobias, J.A., Burns, K.J., Mason, N.A., Shultz, A.J., and H. Morlon. In press. Contrasting impacts of competition on ecological and social trait evolution in songbirds. PLoS Biology.

21. Mason, N.A. and P. Unitt. In press. Rapid phenotypic change in a native bird population following conversion of the Colorado Desert to agriculture. Journal of Avian Biology.

– 2018 –

20. Mason, N.A., Olvera-Vital, A., Lovette, I.J., and A.G. Navarro-Sigüenza. 2018. Hidden endemism, deep polyphyly, and repeated dispersal across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec: Diversification of the white-collared seedeater complex (Sporophila torqueola). Ecology and Evolution 8:1867–1881.

– 2017 –

19. Goldberg, N.R.† and N.A. Mason. 2017. Species identification of vagrant Empidonax flycatchers in northeastern North America via non-invasive DNA sequencing. Northeastern Naturalist 24:499–504.

18. Mason, N.A., Pasch, B., Burns, K.J., and E.P. Derryberry. 2017. Integrating museum and media collections to study vocal ecology and evolution. Pp. 57–74 in M. S. Webster (editor), The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 50), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

17. Ballen, M.C. and N.A. Mason. 2017. Longitudinal analysis of a diversity support program in STEM: a national call for further assessment. BioScience 67:367–373. link here or email for pdf.

16. Mason, N.A., Burns, K.J., Seddon, N., Tobias, J., Claramunt, S., and E.P. Derryberry. 2017. Song evolution, speciation, and vocal learning in passerine birds. Evolution 71:786–796.

15. Mason, N.A. 2017. Effects of wind, ambient temperature, and sun position on damselfly flight activity and perch orientation. Animal Behaviour 124:175–181.

– 2016 –

14. Ligon, R., Simpson, R., Mason, N.A., Hill, G., and K. McGraw. 2016. Evolutionary innovation and diversification of carotenoid-based pigmentation in finches. Evolution 70:2839–2852. link here or email for pdf

13. Mason, N.A., Butler, M.W., and J.C. Owen. 2016. Membership trends in the American Ornithologists’ Union and the evolving role of professional ornithological societies. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 113:806–811. link here or email for pdf

12. Zamudio, K., Bell, R.C., and N.A. Mason. 2016. Phenotypes in phylogeography: species’ traits, environmental variation, and vertebrate diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113: 8041–8048. link here or email for pdf

11. Burns, K.J., Unitt, P., and N.A. Mason. 2016. A genus-level classification of the family Thraupidae (Class Aves: Order Passeriformes). Zootaxa 4088: 329–354. link here or email for pdf

10. Toews, D.P.L.*, Campagna, L.*, Taylor, S.A.*, Balakrishnan, C.N., Baldassarre, D.T., Deane-Coe, P.E., Harvey, M.G., Hooper, D.M., Irwin, D.E., Judy, C.D., Mason, N.A., McCormack, J.E., McCracken, K.G., Oliveros, C.H., Safran, R.J., Scordato, E., Stryjewski, K.F., Tigano, A., Uy, A.J., and B. Winger. 2016. Genomic approaches to understanding population divergence and speciation in birds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 133:13–30. link here or email for pdf

– 2015 –

9. Freeman, B.G.* and N.A. Mason*. 2015. The geographic distribution of a tropical montane bird is limited by a tree: Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) and Colombian oaks (Quercus humboldtii) in the Northern Andes. PLoS One 10(6):e0128675. link here for pdf

8. Mason, N.A. and S.A. Taylor. 2015. Differentially expressed genes match bill morphology and plumage despite largely undifferentiated genomes in a Holarctic songbird. Molecular Ecology 24:3009–3025. link here or email for pdf

7. Barve, S.S.* and N.A. Mason*. 2015. Interspecific competition affects evolutionary links between cavity nesting, migration, and clutch size in Old World flycatchers (Muscicapdae). Ibis 157:299–311. link here or email for pdf

6. Mason, N.A. and K.J. Burns. 2015. The effect of habitat and body size on the evolution of vocal displays in Thraupidae (tanagers), the largest family of songbirds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114:438–551. link here or email for pdf

– 2014 –

5. Freeman, B.G. and N.A. Mason. 2014. New Guinean passerines have globally small clutch sizes. Emu – Austral Ornithology 114:304–308. pdf

4. Mason, N.A., Shultz, A.J., and K.J. Burns. 2014. Elaborate visual and acoustic signals evolve independently in a large, phenotypically diverse radiation of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society 281:20140967. pdf

3. Burns, K.J., Shultz, A.J., Title, P.O., Mason, N.A., Barker, F.K., Klicka, J., Lanyon, S.M., and I.J. Lovette. 2014. Phylogenetics and diversification of tanagers (Passeriformes: Thraupidae), the largest radiation of Neotropical songbirds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 75:41–77. link here or email for pdf

2. Mason, N.A., Title, P.O., Cicero, C., Burns, K.J., and R.C.K. Bowie. 2014. Genetic variation among western populations of Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) indicates recent colonization of the Channel Islands, mainland-bound dispersal and post-glacial range shifts. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 131:162–174. pdf

– 2013 –

1. Mason, N.A. and K.J. Burns. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics of the Neotropical seedeaters and seed-finches (Sporophila, Oryzoborus, Dolospingus). Ornitología Neotropical 24:139–155. pdf This paper was selected as an editor’s choice


* equal contributions

† undergraduate co-author


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