Anne Daphne Yoder
Braxton Craven Professor of Evolutionary Biology
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.
Noonan, BP, and Yoder, AD. "Anonymous nuclear markers for Malagasy plated lizards (Zonosaurus)." Mol Ecol Resour 9.1 (January 2009): 402-404. Full Text
O'Brien, J, Mariani, C, Olson, L, Russell, AL, Say, L, Yoder, AD, and Hayden, TJ. "Multiple colonisations of the western Indian Ocean by Pteropus fruit bats (Megachiroptera: Pteropodidae): The furthest islands were colonised first." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51.2 (2009): 294-303. Full Text
Groeneveld, LF, Weisrock, DW, Rasoloarison, RM, Yoder, AD, and Kappeler, PM. "Species delimitation in lemurs: Multiple genetic loci reveal low levels of species diversity in the genus Cheirogaleus." BMC Evolutionary Biology 9.1 (2009). Full Text
Raselimanana, AP, Noonan, B, Karanth, KP, Gauthier, J, and Yoder, AD. "Phylogeny and evolution of Malagasy plated lizards." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50.2 (2009): 336-344. Full Text
Horvath, JE, Weisrock, DW, Embry, SL, Fiorentino, I, Balhoff, JP, Kappeler, P, Wray, GA, Willard, HF, and Yoder, AD. "Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs." Genome Res 18.3 (March 2008): 489-499. Full Text
Russell, AL, Goodman, SM, Fiorentino, I, and Yoder, AD. "Population genetic analysis of Myzopoda (Chiroptera: Myzopodidae) in Madagascar." Journal of Mammalogy 89.1 (2008): 209-221. Full Text
Riddle, B, Dawson, MN, Hadly, EA, Hafner, DJ, Hickerson, MJ, Mantooth, SJ, and Yoder, AD. "The role of molecular genetics in sculpting the future of integrative biogeography." Progress in Physical Geography 32.2 (2008): 173-202. Full Text
Russell, AL, Ranivo, J, Palkovacs, EP, Goodman, SM, and Yoder, AD. "Working at the interface of phylogenetics and population genetics: A biogeographical analysis of Triaenops spp. (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae)." Molecular Ecology 16.4 (2007): 839-851. Full Text Open Access Copy
Yoder, AD, and Heckman, KL. "Evolutionary origins of malagasy primates." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (2007): 254-254.