The Omland Lab studies a range of topics in avian evolution, behavior and conservation. Most of our publications for the last 20 years have focused on New World orioles (Icterus), including studies of their evolutionary relationships, speciation, hybridization and conservation (esp. Bahama Oriole Project). Our recent research has emphasized elaborate female coloration and female song. Along with collaborators, we have shown that female song is widespread and likely ancestral in songbirds. Current student projects focus on female song in Eastern Bluebirds, and we recently published a new statistical approach that we used to demonstrate that female song is statistically equivalent to male song in these bluebirds.
UMBC Presidential Research Professor, 2016-2019; Fellow, American Ornithological Society