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

Yang, Z, and Yoder, AD. "Estimation of the transition/transversion rate bias and species sampling." Journal of Molecular Evolution 48.3 (March 1999): 274-283. Full Text

Yoder, A. "An infinitude of connecting links." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 12.3 (March 1997): 86-88. Full Text

Yoder, AD. "Back to the future: A synthesis of strepsirrhine systematics." Evolutionary Anthropology 6.1 (1997): 11-22.

Yoder, AD, Cartmill, M, Ruvolo, M, Smith, K, and Vilgalys, R. "Ancient single origin for Malagasy primates." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 93.10 (1996): 5122-5126. Full Text

Yoder, AD, Vilgalys, R, and Ruvolo, M. "Molecular evolutionary dynamics of cytochrome b in strepsirrhine primates: The phylogenetic significance of third-position transversions." Molecular Biology and Evolution 13.10 (1996): 1339-1350.

CARTMILL, M, and YODER, AD. "MOLECULES AND MORPHOLOGY IN PRIMATE SYSTEMATICS - AN INTRODUCTION." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 94.1 (May 1994): 1-1. Full Text

Kay, RF, Thewissen, JGM, and Yoder, AD. "Cranial anatomy of Ignacius graybullianus and the affinities of the plesiadapiformes." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 89.4 (1992): 477-498. Full Text

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