Dr. Ben Winger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Program in the Environment, and Curator of Birds in the Museum of Zoology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (2015), and his B.A. from Cornell University (2007). He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows from 2015-2017 before beginning a tenure track position in EEB, PiTE and the UMMZ.
Ben is an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist working at the interface of speciation, biogeography, and behavioral ecology. He develops analytical tools and employs comparative approaches to leverage large datasets — including those generated from genomics, phylogenetics, museum collections and citizen science — to address questions in evolution and ecology. A common theme of research in the Winger Lab is how the movement ecology of birds (e.g., seasonal migration) influences evolutionary dynamics, such as the process of speciation, the evolution of geographic range, and the adaptation of birds to global climate change past and present.
Winger, BM, GG Auteri, TM Pegan & BC Weeks. 2018. A long winter for the Red Queen: Rethinking the evolution of seasonal migration. Biological Reviews. In Press. doi:10.1111/brv.12476
Winger, BM. 2017. Consequences of divergence and introgression for speciation in Andean cloud-forest birds. Evolution 71:1815-1831.
Winger, BM, PA Hosner, GA Bravo, AM Cuervo, N Aristizábal, LE Cueto & JM Bates. 2015. Inferring speciation history in the Andes with reduced-representation sequence data: an example in the bay-backed antpittas (Aves; Grallariidae; Grallaria hypoleuca s. l.). Molecular Ecology 24:6256-6277.
Toews, DPL, L Campagna, SA Taylor, CN Balakrishnan, DT Baldassare, PE Deane-Coe, MG Harvey, DM Hooper, DE Irwin, CD Judy, NA Mason, JE McCormack, KG McCracken, CH Oliveros, RJ Safran, ESC Scordato, KF Stryjewksi, A Tigano, JAC Uy, & BM Winger. 2016. Genomic approaches to understanding population divergence and speciation in birds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 133:13-30.
Winger, BM & JM Bates. 2015. The tempo of trait divergence in geographic isolation: Avian speciation across the Marañon valley of Peru. Evolution 69:772-782.