The genomics era is officially upon us. Not that long ago—in 2003—we were celebrating the monumental achievement that scientists had sequenced the human genome. Just over a decade later, technological advancements have made it possible to efficiently collect information from across the genome of virtually any organism. Rapid advances in scientific technology are often difficult to keep pace with, especially for scientists who don't specialize in that particular field, and genomics is no exception. For that reason, my colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey and I wrote a genomics review paper directed at ornithologists interested in questions related to ecology and conservation. We discuss the basics of genomics approaches and highlight research questions that can be answered with this new technology, including questions related to population ecology, disease transmission, migration tracking, and conservation planning. Click on the title below to access the article:

SJ Oyler-McCance, KP Oh, KM Langin, and CL Aldridge. 2016. A field ornithologist's guide to genomics: practical considerations for ecology and conservation. Auk: Ornithological Advances 133: 626-648