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

Heckman, KL, Rasoazanabary, E, Machlin, E, Godfrey, LR, and Yoder, AD. "Incongruence between genetic and morphological diversity in Microcebus griseorufus of Beza Mahafaly." BMC Evolutionary Biology 6 (2006). Full Text

Goodman, SM, Cardiff, SG, Ranivo, J, Russell, AL, and Yoder, AD. "A new species of Emballonura (Chiroptera: Emballonuridae) from the dry regions of madagascar." American Museum Novitates 3538 (2006): 1-24.

Yoder, AD. "The biogeography of Madagascar: where to turn when the fossils aren’t there." Paleontological Society Papers II (2005): 129-139. (Academic Article)

Tan, Y, Yoder, AD, Yamashita, N, and Li, W-H. "Evidence from opsin genes rejects nocturnality in ancestral primates." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102.41 (2005): 14712-14716. Full Text

Yoder, AD, Olson, LE, Hanley, C, Heckman, KL, Rasoloarison, R, Russell, AL, Ranivo, J, Soarimalala, V, Karanth, KP, Raselimanana, AP, and Goodman, SM. "A multidimensional approach for detecting species patterns in Malagasy vertebrates." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102.SUPPL. 1 (2005): 6587-6594. Full Text

Karanth, KP, Delefosse, T, Rakotosamimanana, B, Parsons, TJ, and Yoder, AD. "Ancient DNA from giant extinct lemurs confirms single origin of Malagasy primates." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102.14 (2005): 5090-5095. Full Text

Karanth, KP, Palkovacs, E, Gerlach, J, Glaberman, S, Hume, JP, Caccone, A, and Yoder, AD. "Native Seychelles tortoises or Aldabran imports? The importance of radiocarbon dating for ancient DNA studies." Amphibia Reptilia 26.1 (2005): 116-121. Full Text Open Access Copy