Anne Daphne Yoder
Braxton Craven 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.
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 (2006): 405-431. 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.
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
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
Olson, LE, Goodman, SM, and Yoder, AD. "Illumination of cryptic species boundaries in long-tailed shrew tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae; Microgale), with new insights into geographic variation and distributional constraints." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83.1 (2004): 1-22. Full Text
Yoder, AD, and Yang, Z. "Divergence dates for Malagasy lemurs estimated from multiple gene loci: Geological and evolutionary context." Molecular Ecology 13.4 (2004): 757-773. Full Text
Yang, Z, and Yoder, AD. "Comparison of likelihood and Bayesian methods for estimating divergence times using multiple gene Loci and calibration points, with application to a radiation of cute-looking mouse lemur species." Systematic Biology 52.5 (October 2003): 705-716. Full Text