Anne Daphne Yoder
Braxton Craven Distinguished 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.
Collaborative Research: Testing the role of historical geology and rivers for shaping the distribution of land vertebrate biodiversity in western Madagascar. National Science Foundation - Environmental Biology. December 2009
REU Supplement for Collaborative Research: Testing the Role of Historical Geology and Rivers for Shaping the Distribution of Land Vertebrate Biodiversity in Western Madagascar. National Science Foundation – Environmental Biology. December 2009
U.S.-Mauritius Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Project: Baker's Rule and Mating System Evolution in Madagascan CoffeaRubiaceae). (with Mike Nowak). National Science Foundation – International Programs. January 2009
Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Integrating species distribution models, Geographic Information Systems and coalescent phylogenetic methods into phylogeography studies. (with Jason Br. National Science Foundation-Division of Biological Infrastructure. 2009
Genetic and Genomics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2020 to 2025
CSBR:Continued Support of the Duke Lemur Center for the Study of Primate Biology and History awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023
Behavior and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020
Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020
CSBR: Living Stocks Continued Support of the Duke Lemur Center for the Study of Primate Biology and History awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020
CSBR: Ownership Transfer: Miocene Colombian Vertebrates and Conservation of the Duke Lemur Center Fossil Collections awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
CSBR Living Stocks: Continued Support of the Duke Lemur Center for the Study of Primate Biology and History awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018
Conference: 50 Years of Interdisciplinary Research at the Duke Lemur Center: the power of biological infrastructure to advance knowledge awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Collaborative Research: Species tree reconstruction using neutral and non-neutral phylogenomic data awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017
DLC SAVA Conservation: protecting forest corridors awarded by Conservation, Food & Health Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Yoder, A. D., et al. “Cheirogaleid diversity and evolution: Big questions about small primates.” The Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar: Biology, Behavior and Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogaleidae, 2016, pp. 3–20. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781139871822.002. Full Text
Yoder, A. D., and K. Heckman. “Mouse lemur phylogeography revises a model of ecogeographic constraint in Madagascar.” Primate Biogeography: Progress and Prospects, edited by J. Fleagle and S. M. Lehman, Kluwer Press, 2006, pp. 255–68.
Yoder, A. D., et al. “A multidimensional approach for detecting species patterns in malagasy vertebrates.” Systematics and the Origin of Species: On Ernst Mayr’s 100th Anniversary, 2005, pp. 203–28. Scopus, doi:10.17226/11310. Full Text
Yoder, A. D., and J. J. Flynn. “Origin of Malagasy Carnivora.” The Natural History of Madagascar, edited by S. M. Goodman and J. Benstead, University of Chicago Press, 2003, pp. 1253–56.
Yoder, A. D. “Phylogeny of the lemurs.” The Natural History of Madagascar, edited by S. M. Goodman and J. Benstead, University of Chicago Press, 2003, pp. 1242–47.
Yoder, A. D. “The phylogenetic position of genus Tarsius: whose side are you on?” Tarsiers: Past, Present, and Future, edited by P. C. Wright et al., Rutgers Universioty Press, 2003, pp. 161–75.
Yoder, A. D., and T. Delefosse. “Ancient DNA.” Yearbook of Science and Technology, McGraw-Hill, 2002, pp. 9–14.
Yoder, A. D., et al. “Ancient DNA in subfossil lemurs: methodological challenges and their solutions.” New Directions in Lemur Studies, edited by H. B. Rasaminanana et al., Plenumn Press, 1999, pp. 1–17.
Yoder, A. D. “The use of phylogeny for reconstructing lemuriform biogeography.” Biogeographie de Madagascar, edited by W. R. Lourenco, Editions de l’ORSTROM, 1996, pp. 245–58.
Blanco, M. B., et al. “Next-generation technologies applied to age-old challenges in Madagascar.” Conservation Genetics, vol. 21, no. 5, Oct. 2020, pp. 785–93. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10592-020-01296-0. Full Text
Schüßler, Dominik, et al. “Ecology and morphology of mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) in a hotspot of microendemism in northeastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species.” American Journal of Primatology, July 2020, p. e23180. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajp.23180. Full Text
Tiley, George P., et al. “Molecular Clocks without Rocks: New Solutions for Old Problems.” Trends in Genetics : Tig, July 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tig.2020.06.002. Full Text
Williams, Rachel C., et al. “Conservation genomic analysis reveals ancient introgression and declining levels of genetic diversity in Madagascar's hibernating dwarf lemurs.” Heredity, vol. 124, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 236–51. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41437-019-0260-9. Full Text
Hunnicutt, Kelsie E., et al. “Comparative Genomic Analysis of the Pheromone Receptor Class 1 Family (V1R) Reveals Extreme Complexity in Mouse Lemurs (Genus, Microcebus) and a Chromosomal Hotspot across Mammals.” Genome Biol Evol, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 3562–79. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/gbe/evz200. Full Text
Li, Gang, et al. “Recombination-Aware Phylogenomics Reveals the Structured Genomic Landscape of Hybridizing Cat Species.” Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 36, no. 10, Oct. 2019, pp. 2111–26. Epmc, doi:10.1093/molbev/msz139. Full Text
Greene, Lydia K., et al. “The importance of scale in comparative microbiome research: New insights from the gut and glands of captive and wild lemurs.” American Journal of Primatology, vol. 81, no. 10–11, Oct. 2019, p. e22974. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajp.22974. Full Text
Nouls, John C., et al. “Applications of 3D printing in small animal magnetic resonance imaging.” J Med Imaging (Bellingham), vol. 6, no. 2, Apr. 2019, p. 021605. Pubmed, doi:10.1117/1.JMI.6.2.021605. Full Text
Campbell, C. R., et al. “What is Speciation Genomics? The roles of ecology, gene flow, and genomic architecture in the formation of species.” Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 124, no. 4, Aug. 2018, pp. 561–83. Scopus, doi:10.1093/biolinnean/bly063. Full Text
Blanco, Marina B., et al. “Tropical heterothermy is "cool": The expression of daily torpor and hibernation in primates.” Evolutionary Anthropology, vol. 27, no. 4, July 2018, pp. 147–61. Epmc, doi:10.1002/evan.21588. Full Text
Perry, George, et al. “Nuclear genome sequences from the extinct subfossil lemurs Palaeopropithecus ingens and Megaladapis edwardsi.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 251–251.
Zehr, Sarah M., et al. “Prosimian primate life history profiles generated from the new Duke Lemur Center Database (coming soon to a URL near you!).” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 153, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2014, pp. 281–281.
Mckenney, E. A., et al. “Species-specific assembly of the gut microbiota in lemurs.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 54, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2014, pp. E137–E137.
Faherty, S. L., and A. D. Yoder. “Assessing gene expression profiles during seasonal thermoregulation in a hibernating primate, Cheirogaleus medius.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 52, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2012, pp. E242–E242.
Heilman, A. M., et al. “A multilocus phylogeographic study of a rodent (Eliurus myoxinus) distributed throughout western Madagascar.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 51, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2011, pp. E200–E200.