2019: Derya Akkaynak is named a 2019 Regional Finalist in the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists program. Congratulations, Derya! Check out the video and announcement here.

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2019: The Stoddard Lab heads to the Colorado Rockies for hummingbird fieldwork at RMBL.

Monica Carlson receives awards from the American Ornithological Society and from the American Museum of Natural History to conduct fieldwork on woodpeckers.

2019: Jarome Ali receives awards from the Zoological Lighting Institute and the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies to investigate parrot color and behavior.

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2019: Can you imagine what color looks like to a bird? Listen to Stoddard (with colleague Allison Shultz from the LA Natural History Museum) on NPR Science Friday.

2019: Check out our new collaborative papers on egg shape evolution and avian color vision.

2019: It’s spring again in Princeton!

2019: What pattern cues do host birds use to reject parasitic eggs? Read our new paper in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

2019: New synthesis article on animal coloration patterns and spatial vision is out now in American Naturalist.

2018: Check out our new study about the dynamics and perception of a spectacular hummingbird courtship dive, out now in Nature Communications.

2018: Our new paper investigating how animals perceive experimental stimuli is out now in Interface Focus.

2018: Stoddard is very honored to be named a 2018 Packard Fellow.

2018: Klara Norden joins the lab as a PhD student. Welcome!


2018: The Stoddard Lab attends the International Society for Behavioural Ecology conference in Minneapolis, and the Evolution in Philadelphia Conference (EPIC). Excellent talks by Ben, Monica, Jarome and Audrey!


2018: The Stoddard Lab conducts hummingbird fieldwork at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado.


2018: Watch Stoddard on Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs, which just aired on the BBC in the UK. Out on PBS in the US Fall 2018.

Stoddard named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow.

2018: The Stoddard Lab enjoys springtime weather in Princeton.

2018: Derya Akkaynak joins the lab. Welcome!



Science's egg infographic is nominated for a Webby!

2017: Jarome Ali and Monica Carlson join the Stoddard Lab as PhD students. Welcome!

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2017: Our research article, Avian egg shape: Form, function and evolution, is out in Science. Check out the infographic.

Birds lay eggs in a diverse array of colors, patterns, sizes, and shapes, as seen in this assortment from the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology collection.
© Frans Lanting

2017: Our theme issue, Animal Coloration: production, perception, function and application, is out in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

2017: Audrey Miller and Ben Hogan join the lab. Welcome!

2016: New popular media article out in Physics World featuring our work on cuckoo egg mimicry.

2016: A video about our egg recognition research is on display (through January 2017) at the American Museum of Natural History's Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit in New York City.

2016: Our new paper on egg camouflage in plovers and terns is out! Contact us to use our EdgeDetector computer code, which quantifies aspects of camouflage using edge detection algorithms.

2016: Stoddard awarded the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award by the American Ornithologists' Union.

2016: Stoddard awarded the Dobzhansky Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution. She delivered the Dobzhansky Prize Lecture at the SSE meeting in Austin, Texas.