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

Chan, LM, Brown, JL, and Yoder, AD. "Integrating statistical genetic and geospatial methods brings new power to phylogeography." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59.2 (May 2011): 523-537. (Review) Full Text

Nowak, MD, Davis, AP, Anthony, F, and Yoder, AD. "Expression and trans-specific polymorphism of self-incompatibility RNases in coffea (Rubiaceae)." PLoS One 6.6 (2011): e21019-. Full Text

Barrett, MA, Brown, JL, Morikawa, MK, Labat, J-N, and Yoder, AD. "Conservation. CITES designation for endangered rosewood in Madagascar." Science (New York, N.Y.) 328.5982 (May 2010): 1109-1110. Full Text

Weisrock, DW, Rasoloarison, RM, Fiorentino, I, Ralison, JM, Goodman, SM, Kappeler, PM, and Yoder, AD. "Delimiting species without nuclear monophyly in Madagascar's mouse lemurs." Plos One 5.3 (March 31, 2010): e9883-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hickerson, MJ, Carstens, BC, Cavender-Bares, J, Crandall, KA, Graham, CH, Johnson, JB, Rissler, L, Victoriano, PF, and Yoder, AD. "Phylogeography's past, present, and future: 10 years after Avise, 2000." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54.1 (January 2010): 291-301. (Review) Full Text

Goodman, SM, Chan, LM, Nowak, MD, and Yoder, AD. "Phylogeny and biogeography of western Indian Ocean Rousettus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae)." Journal of Mammalogy 91.3 (2010): 593-606. 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

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