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Michael Andersen

Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History
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Advisor: Rob Moyle
Research Interests: Speciation, diversification, phylogenetics
Hometown: Baldwin, NY


  • B.S. in natural resources from Cornell University, 2004


  • Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J., Oliveros, C. H., Steinheimer, F., and S. Reddy. In Press. Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Core Babblers (Aves: Timaliidae). Systematic Biology.
  • Peterson, A.T., M.J. Andersen, S. Bodbyl-Roels, P. Hosner, Á. Nyári, C. Oliveros and M. Papeş. 2009. A prototype forecasting system for bird-borne disease spread in North America based on migratory bird movements. Epidemics 1(4): 240-249
  • Tobias, J. A., Lebbin, D. J., Aleixo, A., Andersen, M. J., Guilherme E., Hosner, P. A., N. and Seddon. 2008. Distribution, behavior, and conservation status of the Rufous Twistwing (Cnipodectes superrufus). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120(1):38–49.
  • Lebbin, D. J., Hosner, P. A., Andersen, M. J., Valdez, U., and W. P. Tori. 2007. First description of the nest and eggs of the White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes) and breeding observations of poorly known birds inhabiting Guadua bamboo in Southeastern Peru. Boletín SAO 17(2):119–132.
  • Andersen, M. J., Lebbin, D. J., and P. H. Hosner. 2007. First photographic evidence of Veery (Catharus fuscescens) for Peru. Boletín SAO 17(1):36-38.
  • Lebbin, D. J., Harvey, M. G., Lenz, T. C., Andersen, M. J., & J. M. Ellis. 2007. Mixed-species flock of fall migrant birds foraging at night by artificial light. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119(3):502-506.


  • Andersen, M. J., Nyári, Á. S., Filardi, C. E., and R. G. Moyle. A multi-locus dataset reveals novel insights into the systematics, biogeography, and species limits in the world’s most diverse bird species: the Pachycephala pectoralis/melanura complex. Smithsonian Institution’s Evolution of Life on Pacific Islands and Reefs conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 2011. Contributed Oral Paper.
  • Andersen, M. J., Oliveros, C., Nyári, Á. S., Filari, C. E. and R. G. Moyle. 2010. A molecular phylogeny of the variable kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus). American Ornithologist’s Union Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, February. Contributed Oral Paper.
  • Andersen, M. J. and R. G. Moyle. 2009. A molecular phylogeny of the variable kingfisher (Aves: Ceyx lepidus) reveals a novel endemic Philippines lineage. University of Kansas Natural History Museum Graduate Student Organization Annual Retreat, Lawrence, KS, USA, October.  Contributed oral paper.


  • 2011. Inferring process from pattern: using multilocas coalescence analysis to investigate an insular avian hybrid zone. Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund, AMNH. $3,000.
  • 2011. Student Travel Award. Smithsonian Institution and National Tropical Botanical Garden. $1,100.
  • 2011. Inferring process from pattern: using multilocus coalescence analysis to investigate an insular avian hybrid zone. American Ornithologists' Union Research Award. $2,040.
  • 2010-2011 Using a multi-locus, coalescent framework to study patterns of genetic variation across an insular avian hybrid zone. Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. $700.00.
  • 2010 Student Travel Award. American Ornithologist’s Union. $210.
  • 2008. Panorama Small Grant. Redefining biogeographic patterns in the avifauna of the Apurimac Valley Peru: A collections-based approach to describe species and their distributions. $700.
  • 2008. Tinker Summer Field Research Grant. Southern cone biological inventorying: Providing a tool for training conservation workers. $555.50.


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