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

Selected Grants

Continued Support of the Duke University Primate Center for the Study of Primate Biology and History awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Baker's Rule and Mating System Evolution in Madagascan Coffea (Rubiaceae) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Collaborative Research: Testing the Role of Historical Geology and Rivers for Shaping the Distribution of awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2010


Yoder, AD, Campbell, CR, Blanco, MB, Dos Reis, M, Ganzhorn, JU, Goodman, SM, Hunnicutt, KE, Larsen, PA, Kappeler, PM, Rasoloarison, RM, Ralison, JM, Swofford, DL, and Weisrock, DW. "Geogenetic patterns in mouse lemurs (genus Microcebus) reveal the ghosts of Madagascar's forests past." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.29 (July 18, 2016): 8049-8056. Full Text

Hotaling, S, Foley, ME, Lawrence, NM, Bocanegra, J, Blanco, MB, Rasoloarison, R, Kappeler, PM, Barrett, MA, Yoder, AD, and Weisrock, DW. "Species discovery and validation in a cryptic radiation of endangered primates: coalescent-based species delimitation in Madagascar's mouse lemurs." Molecular ecology 25.9 (May 2016): 2029-2045. Full Text

Federman, S, Dornburg, A, Daly, DC, Downie, A, Perry, GH, Yoder, AD, Sargis, EJ, Richard, AF, Donoghue, MJ, and Baden, AL. "Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.18 (May 2016): 5041-5046. Full Text

Larsen, PA, Hayes, CE, Williams, CV, Junge, RE, Razafindramanana, J, Mass, V, Rakotondrainibe, H, and Yoder, AD. "Blood transcriptomes reveal novel parasitic zoonoses circulating in Madagascar's lemurs." Biology letters 12.1 (January 2016): 20150829-. Full Text

Pabijan, M, Brown, JL, Chan, LM, Rakotondravony, HA, Raselimanana, AP, Yoder, AD, Glaw, F, and Vences, M. "Phylogeography of the arid-adapted Malagasy bullfrog, Laliostoma labrosum, influenced by past connectivity and habitat stability." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 92 (November 2015): 11-24. Full Text

Copenhaver, GP, and Barsh, GS. "A Decad(e) of Reasons to Contribute to a PLOS Community-Run Journal." PLOS Genetics 11.10 (October 5, 2015): e1005557-e1005557. Full Text Open Access Copy

Blair, C, Campbell, CR, and Yoder, AD. "Assessing the utility of whole genome amplified DNA for next-generation molecular ecology." Molecular ecology resources. 15.5 (September 2015): 1079-1090. Full Text

Kistler, L, Ratan, A, Godfrey, LR, Crowley, BE, Hughes, CE, Lei, R, Cui, Y, Wood, ML, Muldoon, KM, Andriamialison, H, McGraw, JJ, Tomsho, LP, Schuster, SC, Miller, W, Louis, EE, Yoder, AD, Malhi, RS, and Perry, GH. "Comparative and population mitogenomic analyses of Madagascar's extinct, giant ‘subfossil’ lemurs." Journal of Human Evolution 79 (February 2015): 45-54. Full Text

Brown, JL, and Yoder, AD. "Shifting ranges and conservation challenges for lemurs in the face of climate change." Ecology and Evolution 5.6 (January 1, 2015): 1131-1142. Full Text

Blair, C, Noonan, BP, Brown, JL, Raselimanana, AP, Vences, M, and Yoder, AD. "Multilocus phylogenetic and geospatial analyses illuminate diversification patterns and the biogeographic history of Malagasy endemic plated lizards (Gerrhosauridae: Zonosaurinae)." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28.2 (January 1, 2015): 481-492. Full Text