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

Brown, JL, Cameron, A, Yoder, AD, and Vences, M. "A necessarily complex model to explain the biogeography of the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar." Nature Communications 5 (January 2014): 5046-null. Full Text

Zehr, SM, Roach, RG, Haring, D, Taylor, J, Cameron, FH, and Yoder, AD. "Life history profiles for 27 strepsirrhine primate taxa generated using captive data from the Duke Lemur Center." Scientific data 1 (January 2014): 140019-. Full Text

Barrett, MA, Brown, JL, and Yoder, AD. "Protection for trade of precious rosewood." Nature 499.7456 (July 2013): 29-29. Full Text

Yoder, AD. "Evolution. Fossils versus clocks." Science 339.6120 (February 8, 2013): 656-658. Full Text

Yoder, AD. "The lemur revolution starts now: the genomic coming of age for a non-model organism." Mol Phylogenet Evol 66.2 (February 2013): 442-452. Full Text

Shi, JJ, Chan, LM, Rakotomalala, Z, Heilman, AM, Goodman, SM, and Yoder, AD. "Latitude drives diversification in Madagascar's endemic dry forest rodent eliurus myoxinus (subfamily Nesomyinae)." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 110.3 (2013): 500-517. Full Text

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

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