Dr. Rebecca Cann is a Professor of Genetics at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in Honolulu. She received her BS (Genetics) and PhD (Physical Anthropology) from the University of California, Berkeley. Her initial research has centered on understanding the process by which modern humans emerged as a species and spread out of Africa, using MtDNA. Her latest research has focused on extinction in small populations. She has documented demic collapse in Native Hawaiian forest birds due to introduced diseases, competition with alien invaders, and demographic factors linked to grossly uneven sex ratios. She is now engaged in the study of a hybrid zone between woodpeckers in Sri Lanka that has remained stable for over 100 years, examining how vocal behaviors and plumage color influence mate choice.
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