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Setophaga write-up

Submitted by cwcasey on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:26

The first step was to look for patterns among the various species of Setophaga. This included looking at pictures in the Powerpoint that we were presented with, cross referencing those pictures with other images from google images to obtain better views, and study the museum specimens. Afterwards we took note of any specific patterns that were evident in various parts of the bodies of the Setophaga. The patterns were then compiled into a list of ten characteristics that the group felt appropriately depicted the phylogenetic tree given to us at tje beginning of the activity. Once the list was formed, we then went through every picture on the PowerPoint to determine whether or not each species expressed the desired trait. There were instances where the data was collected as a numerical value, with a “1” representing that the trait was present and a “0” representing an absent trait. There were also instances where the traits present had to be identified with colors, adding more variation to the table. Four plumage traits that showed an interesting dispersal among the species were picked from the list of ten characteristics and mapped onto cladograms. The four plumage traits depicted in the cladograms are “breast color”, “throat color”, “homologous nape”, and “wing bar”.




Very well written paragraph, the only suggestion I can make is to initially explain what the steps are for. I was confused when I started reading the paragraph because it seems out of context.

You did a good job using an active voice and it was very clear to follow your steps and overall a good methods write up.