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

Yoder, AD, Burns, MM, Zehr, S, Delefosse, T, Veron, G, Goodman, SM, and Flynn, JJ. "Single origin of Malagasy Carnivora from an African ancestor." Nature 421.6924 (2003): 734-737. Full Text

Yoder, AD, Burns, MM, and Génin, F. "Molecular evidence of reproductive isolation in sympatric sibling species of mouse lemurs." International Journal of Primatology 23.6 (2002): 1335-1343. Full Text

Olson, LE, and Yoder, AD. "Using secondary structure to identify ribosomal numts: Cautionary examples from the human genome." Molecular Biology and Evolution 19.1 (2002): 93-100.

Yoder, AD, Irwin, JA, and Payseur, BA. "Failure of the ILD to determine data combinability for slow Loris phylogeny." Systematic Biology 50.3 (2001): 408-424.

Yoder, AD. "Ancient DNA from Megaladapis edwardsi." Folia Primatologica 72.6 (2001): [d]342-[d]343.

Yoder, AD, Rasoloarison, RM, Goodman, SM, Irwin, JA, Atsalis, S, Ravosa, MJ, and Ganzhorn, JU. "Remarkable species diversity in Malagasy mouse lemurs (primates, Microcebus)." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 97.21 (2000): 11325-11330. Full Text

Yoder, AD, and Yang, Z. "Estimation of primate speciation dates using local molecular clocks." Molecular Biology and Evolution 17.7 (2000): 1081-1090.