Anne Daphne Yoder

Braxton Craven Professor of Evolutionary Biology

External address: 
128 Biol Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7275


My work integrates field inventory activities with molecular phylogenetic techniques and geospatial analysis to investigate Madagascar, an area of the world that is biologically complex, poorly understood, and urgently threatened. Madagascar has been designated as one of the most critical geographic priorities for conservation action, retaining less than 10% of the natural habitats that existed before human colonization. It is critical that information be obtained as quickly as possible to document the biota that occurs in the remaining and highly threatened forested areas of western Madagascar, to gain an understanding of the evolutionary processes and associated distributional patterns that have shaped this diversity, and to use this information to help set conservation priorities. Phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of Malagasy vertebrates, each with unique life-history and dispersal characteristics, are conducted to identify areas of high endemism potentially associated with underlying geological features, and also to test for the role that geographic features have played in generating patterns of vertebrate diversity and distribution. My lab also has a significant focus on capacity-building through the education and training of both American and Malagasy students. Research opportunities for American graduate students are enhanced by the formation of Malagasy/American partnerships.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1992

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1981

Klopfer, PH, Krystal, A, Williams, C, and Yoder, A. "Neuroethology: Do hibernating primates sleep? (Accepted)." Nova Acta Leopoldina 111.380 (2013): 15-27.

Barrett, MA, Brown, JL, Junge, RE, and Yoder, AD. "Climate change, predictive modeling and lemur health: Assessing impacts of changing climate on health and conservation in Madagascar." Biological Conservation 157 (2013): 409-422. Full Text

Blanco, MB, Dausmann, KH, Ranaivoarisoa, JF, and Yoder, AD. "Underground hibernation in a primate." Scientific Reports 3 (January 2013): 1768-. Full Text

Rasoloarison, RM, Weisrock, DW, Yoder, AD, Rakotondravony, D, and Kappeler, PM. "Two New Species of Mouse Lemurs (Cheirogaleidae: Microcebus) from Eastern Madagascar." International Journal of Primatology 34.3 (2013): 455-469. Full Text

Chan, LM, Choi, D, Raselimanana, AP, Rakotondravony, HA, and Yoder, AD. "Defining spatial and temporal patterns of phylogeographic structure in Madagascar's iguanid lizards (genus Oplurus)." Molecular ecology 21.15 (August 2012): 3839-3851. Full Text

Perry, GH, Melsted, P, Marioni, JC, Wang, Y, Bainer, R, Pickrell, JK, Michelini, K, Zehr, S, Yoder, AD, Stephens, M, Pritchard, JK, and Gilad, Y. "Comparative RNA sequencing reveals substantial genetic variation in endangered primates." Genome Research 22.4 (2012): 602-610. Full Text

Weisrock, DW, Smith, SD, Chan, LM, Biebouw, K, Kappeler, PM, and Yoder, AD. "Concatenation and concordance in the reconstruction of mouse lemur phylogeny: An empirical demonstration of the effect of allele sampling in phylogenetics." Molecular Biology and Evolution 29.6 (2012): 1615-1630. Full Text

Chan, LM, Brown, JL, and Yoder, AD. "Integrating statistical genetic and geospatial methods brings new power to phylogeography." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 59.2 (May 2011): 523-537. (Review) Full Text