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

Copenhaver, GP, and Barsh, GS. "A Decad(e) of Reasons to Contribute to a PLOS Community-Run Journal." PLOS Genetics 11.10 (October 5, 2015): e1005557-e1005557. Full Text Open Access Copy

Blair, C, Campbell, CR, and Yoder, AD. "Assessing the utility of whole genome amplified DNA for next-generation molecular ecology." Molecular Ecology Resources 15.5 (September 2015): 1079-1090. Full Text

Kistler, L, Ratan, A, Godfrey, LR, Crowley, BE, Hughes, CE, Lei, R, Cui, Y, Wood, ML, Muldoon, KM, Andriamialison, H, McGraw, JJ, Tomsho, LP, Schuster, SC, Miller, W, Louis, EE, Yoder, AD, Malhi, RS, and Perry, GH. "Comparative and population mitogenomic analyses of Madagascar's extinct, giant ‘subfossil’ lemurs." Journal of Human Evolution 79 (February 2015): 45-54. Full Text

Brown, JL, and Yoder, AD. "Shifting ranges and conservation challenges for lemurs in the face of climate change." Ecology and Evolution 5.6 (January 1, 2015): 1131-1142. Full Text

Blair, C, Noonan, BP, Brown, JL, Raselimanana, AP, Vences, M, and Yoder, AD. "Multilocus phylogenetic and geospatial analyses illuminate diversification patterns and the biogeographic history of Malagasy endemic plated lizards (Gerrhosauridae: Zonosaurinae)." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28.2 (January 1, 2015): 481-492. Full Text

McKenney, EA, Williamson, L, Yoder, AD, Rawls, JF, Bilbo, SD, and Parker, W. "Alteration of the rat cecal microbiome during colonization with the helminth Hymenolepis diminuta." Gut Microbes 6.3 (January 2015): 182-193. Full Text

McKenney, EA, Rodrigo, A, and Yoder, AD. "Patterns of gut bacterial colonization in three primate species." Plos One 10.5 (January 2015): e0124618-null. Full Text

Faherty, SL, Campbell, CR, Larsen, PA, and Yoder, AD. "Evaluating whole transcriptome amplification for gene profiling experiments using RNA-Seq." Bmc Biotechnology 15 (January 2015): 65-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Larsen, PA, Hayes, CE, Wilkins, MA, Gomard, Y, Sookhareea, R, Yoder, AD, and Goodman, SM. "Population Genetics of the Mauritian Flying Fox, Pteropus niger." Acta Chiropterologica 16.2 (December 2014): 293-300. Full Text