Rebecca Cheek is a collaborative graduate student researcher with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, who strives to understand the spatial scale at which selection acts in natural populations. Her primary focus is on insular bird species, with the goal of characterizing cryptic genetic differentiation among populations to better inform management and conservation efforts. Rebecca will be characterizing the genetic basis of microgeographic adaptation in island scrub-jays by investigating patterns of dispersal, gene flow, and genomic structure among morphologically discrete populations on Santa Cruz Island.
B.S., University of Alaska - Fairbanks; Ph.D., Colorado State University, Expected 2021
Cheek earned her bachelor's degrees in biology and history form the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015, and is currently working on her doctorate at Colorado State University in collaboration with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.