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
Phone: 
(919) 660-7275

Overview

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

Selected Grants

Behavior and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

CSBR: 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: 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

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 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

Collaborative Research: Species tree reconstruction using neutral and non-neutral phylogenomic data awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Pages

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.

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. 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

McKenney, Erin A., et al. “Bamboo Specialists from Two Mammalian Orders (Primates, Carnivora) Share a High Number of Low-Abundance Gut Microbes..” Microbial Ecology, vol. 76, no. 1, July 2018, pp. 272–84. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00248-017-1114-8. Full Text

Reis, Mario Dos, et al. “Using Phylogenomic Data to Explore the Effects of Relaxed Clocks and Calibration Strategies on Divergence Time Estimation: Primates as a Test Case..” Systematic Biology, vol. 67, no. 4, July 2018, pp. 594–615. Epmc, doi:10.1093/sysbio/syy001. Full Text

Yoder, Anne D., et al. “Neutral Theory Is the Foundation of Conservation Genetics..” Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 35, no. 6, June 2018, pp. 1322–26. Epmc, doi:10.1093/molbev/msy076. Full Text

McKenney, E. A., et al. “The ecosystem services of animal microbiomes..” Molecular Ecology, vol. 27, no. 8, Apr. 2018, pp. 2164–72. Epmc, doi:10.1111/mec.14532. Full Text

Larsen, Peter A., et al. “Warning SINEs: Alu elements, evolution of the human brain, and the spectrum of neurological disease..” Chromosome Res, vol. 26, no. 1–2, Mar. 2018, pp. 93–111. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10577-018-9573-4. Full Text

Faherty, Sheena L., et al. “Transcriptomics in the wild: Hibernation physiology in free-ranging dwarf lemurs..” Molecular Ecology, vol. 27, no. 3, Feb. 2018, pp. 709–22. Epmc, doi:10.1111/mec.14483. Full Text

Pages

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.