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

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

Riddle, BR, Dawson, MN, Hadly, EA, Hafner, DJ, Hickerson, MJ, Mantooth, SJ, and Yoder, AD. "The role of molecular genetics in sculpting the future of integrative biogeography." Progress in Physical Geography 32.2 (April 2008): 173-202. Full Text

Horvath, JE, Weisrock, DW, Embry, SL, Fiorentino, I, Balhoff, JP, Kappeler, P, Wray, GA, Willard, HF, and Yoder, AD. "Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs." Genome Res 18.3 (March 2008): 489-499. Full Text

Russell, AL, Goodman, SM, Fiorentino, I, and Yoder, AD. "Population genetic analysis of Myzopoda (Chiroptera: Myzopodidae) in Madagascar." Journal of Mammalogy 89.1 (2008): 209-221. Full Text

Yoder, AD. "Lemurs." Current Biology : Cb 17.20 (October 2007): R866-R868. Full Text

Heckman, KL, Mariani, CL, Rasoloarison, R, and Yoder, AD. "Multiple nuclear loci reveal patterns of incomplete lineage sorting and complex species history within western mouse lemurs (Microcebus)." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43.2 (May 2007): 353-367. Full Text

Naghibalhossaini, F, Yoder, AD, Tobi, M, and Stanners, CP. "Evolution of a tumorigenic property conferred by glycophosphatidyl-inositol membrane anchors of carcinoembryonic antigen gene family members during the primate radiation." Molecular Biology of the Cell 18.4 (April 2007): 1366-1374. Full Text

Yoder, AD, and Heckman, KL. "Evolutionary origins of malagasy primates." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (2007): 254-254.

Yoder, AD, and Nowak, MD. "Has Vicariance or Dispersal Been the Predominant Biogeographic Force in Madagascar? Only Time Will Tell." Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 37.1 (December 2006): 405-431. Full Text