September 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Stainton Hall at Pennington School
112 W Delaware Ave
Pennington, NJ 08534

Cassie Stoddard: The Colorful World of Birds

Monday, September 16, 2019, at 8:00 pm

Birds evolved about 150 million years ago, and today they are the most diverse and colorful land vertebrates. In my group, we are fascinated by the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive this variation. In the field, we are establishing a system for studying color perception in wild hummingbirds in the Rocky Mountains. These tiny iridescent birds lead colorful lives, performing spectacular courtship dives and pollinating diverse wildflowers. We also study the avian egg, a remarkable structure that is built to break. The eggs laid by stealthy cuckoos and flightless emus offer insights into avian behavior and evolution.

Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard (Cassie) is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She is a research affiliate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. She is a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow and a 2018 Packard Fellow.


The Pennington School is redirecting us on Monday night to the Yen Humanities building which is the new tall edifice immediately on the right as you enter the campus off W. Delaware Ave.  The door to enter will be on your right (see arrow).  Passengers can be dropped off at the Yen building but drivers will have to park where you usually do for Stainton Hall and walk back.