Anne Daphne Yoder

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

Selected Grants

Continued support of the Duke Lemur Center awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Duke Lemur Center Video Project awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Developing statistical expertise for estimating the temporal origins of Primates awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Principal Investigator). 2014

Continued Support of the Duke University Primate Center for the Study of Primate Biology and History awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Baker's Rule and Mating System Evolution in Madagascan Coffea (Rubiaceae) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Collaborative Research: Testing the Role of Historical Geology and Rivers for Shaping the Distribution of awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2010


Faherty, SL, Campbell, CR, Hilbig, SA, and Yoder, AD. "The effect of body mass and diet composition on torpor patterns in a Malagasy primate (Microcebus murinus)." Journal of comparative physiology. B, Biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology 187.4 (May 2017): 677-688. Full Text

McCluskey, K, Boundy-Mills, K, Dye, G, Ehmke, E, Gunnell, GF, Kiaris, H, Polihronakis Richmond, M, Yoder, AD, Zeigler, DR, Zehr, S, and Grotewold, E. "The challenges faced by living stock collections in the USA." eLife 6 (March 7, 2017). Full Text

Nunziata, SO, Wallenhorst, P, Barrett, MA, Junge, RE, Yoder, AD, and Weisrock, DW. "Population and Conservation Genetics in an Endangered Lemur, Indri indri, Across Three Forest Reserves in Madagascar." International Journal of Primatology 37.6 (December 2016): 688-702. Full Text

Faherty, SL, Villanueva-Cañas, JL, Klopfer, PH, Albà, MM, and Yoder, AD. "Gene Expression Profiling in the Hibernating Primate, Cheirogaleus Medius." Genome Biology and Evolution 8.8 (August 25, 2016): 2413-2426. Full Text

Blanco, MB, Dausmann, KH, Faherty, SL, Klopfer, P, Krystal, AD, Schopler, R, and Yoder, AD. "Hibernation in a primate: does sleep occur?." Royal Society Open Science 3.8 (August 10, 2016): 160282-null. Full Text

Yoder, AD, Campbell, CR, Blanco, MB, Dos Reis, M, Ganzhorn, JU, Goodman, SM, Hunnicutt, KE, Larsen, PA, Kappeler, PM, Rasoloarison, RM, Ralison, JM, Swofford, DL, and Weisrock, DW. "Geogenetic patterns in mouse lemurs (genus Microcebus) reveal the ghosts of Madagascar's forests past." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.29 (July 18, 2016): 8049-8056. Full Text

Hotaling, S, Foley, ME, Lawrence, NM, Bocanegra, J, Blanco, MB, Rasoloarison, R, Kappeler, PM, Barrett, MA, Yoder, AD, and Weisrock, DW. "Species discovery and validation in a cryptic radiation of endangered primates: coalescent-based species delimitation in Madagascar's mouse lemurs." Molecular Ecology 25.9 (May 2016): 2029-2045. Full Text

Federman, S, Dornburg, A, Daly, DC, Downie, A, Perry, GH, Yoder, AD, Sargis, EJ, Richard, AF, Donoghue, MJ, and Baden, AL. "Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.18 (May 2016): 5041-5046. Full Text

Larsen, PA, Hayes, CE, Williams, CV, Junge, RE, Razafindramanana, J, Mass, V, Rakotondrainibe, H, and Yoder, AD. "Blood transcriptomes reveal novel parasitic zoonoses circulating in Madagascar's lemurs." Biology letters 12.1 (January 2016): 20150829-. Full Text

Pabijan, M, Brown, JL, Chan, LM, Rakotondravony, HA, Raselimanana, AP, Yoder, AD, Glaw, F, and Vences, M. "Phylogeography of the arid-adapted Malagasy bullfrog, Laliostoma labrosum, influenced by past connectivity and habitat stability." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 92 (November 2015): 11-24. Full Text