I’m excited to report the submission of my first first-author paper. After a few months of work we submitted the manuscript to PLoS ONE today. The paper describes two new bird genomes – the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and the Clark’s Nutcracker – and empirically compares reference-guided and de novo assembly techniques. I won’t spill anymore of the beans on the paper until it is formally accepted, but I wanted to gloat a little bit about the accomplishment. Stay tuned!