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.
Eriksson, T, Hibbs, MS, Yoder, AD, Delwiche, CF, and Donoghue, MJ. "The phylogeny of Rosoideae (Rosaceae) based on sequences of the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) of nuclear ribosomal DNA and the trnL/F region of chloroplast DNA." International Journal of Plant Sciences 164.2 (2003): 197-211.
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 (2003): 705-716. Full Text
Yoder, AD, Burns, MM, Zehr, S, Delefosse, T, Veron, G, Goodman, SM, and Flynn, JJ. "Single origin of Malagasy Carnivora from an African ancestor." Nature 421.6924 (2003): 734-737. Full Text
Yoder, AD, Burns, MM, and Génin, F. "Molecular evidence of reproductive isolation in sympatric sibling species of mouse lemurs." International Journal of Primatology 23.6 (2002): 1335-1343. Full Text
Olson, LE, and Yoder, AD. "Using secondary structure to identify ribosomal numts: Cautionary examples from the human genome." Molecular Biology and Evolution 19.1 (2002): 93-100.
Yoder, AD, Irwin, JA, and Payseur, BA. "Failure of the ILD to determine data combinability for slow Loris phylogeny." Systematic Biology 50.3 (2001): 408-424.
Yoder, AD. "Ancient DNA from Megaladapis edwardsi." Folia Primatologica 72.6 (2001): [d]342-[d]343.
Yoder, AD, Rasoloarison, RM, Goodman, SM, Irwin, JA, Atsalis, S, Ravosa, MJ, and Ganzhorn, JU. "Remarkable species diversity in Malagasy mouse lemurs (primates, Microcebus)." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 97.21 (2000): 11325-11330. Full Text
Yoder, AD, and Yang, Z. "Estimation of primate speciation dates using local molecular clocks." Molecular Biology and Evolution 17.7 (2000): 1081-1090.
Yoder, AD, Irwin, JA, Goodman, SM, and Rakotoarisoa, SV. "Genetic tests of the taxonomic status of the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from the high mountain zone of the Andringitra Massif, Madagascar." Journal of Zoology 252.1 (2000): 1-9. Full Text