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

Shi, JJ, Chan, LM, Peel, AJ, Lai, R, Yoder, AD, and Goodman, SM. "A Deep Divergence Time between Sister Species of Eidolon (Pteropodidae) with Evidence for Widespread Panmixia." Acta Chiropterologica 16.2 (December 2014): 279-292. Full Text

Larsen, PA, Campbell, CR, and Yoder, AD. "Next-generation approaches to advancing eco-immunogenomic research in critically endangered primates." Molecular ecology resources 14.6 (November 2014): 1198-1209. Full Text

Villanueva-Cañas, JL, Faherty, SL, Yoder, AD, and Albà, MM. "Comparative genomics of mammalian hibernators using gene networks." Integrative and Comparative Biology 54.3 (September 2014): 452-462. Full Text

Martin, SL, and Yoder, AD. "Theme and variations: heterothermy in mammals." Integrative and comparative biology 54.3 (September 2014): 439-442. Full Text

Katzourakis, A, Aiewsakun, P, Jia, H, Wolfe, ND, LeBreton, M, Yoder, AD, and Switzer, WM. "Discovery of prosimian and afrotherian foamy viruses and potential cross species transmissions amidst stable and ancient mammalian co-evolution." Retrovirology 11 (August 4, 2014): 61-. Full Text

Nowak, MD, Haller, BC, and Yoder, AD. "The founding of Mauritian endemic coffee trees by a synchronous long-distance dispersal event." Journal of evolutionary biology 27.6 (June 2014): 1229-1239. Full Text

Yoder, AD, Chan, LM, dos Reis, M, Larsen, PA, Campbell, CR, Rasoloarison, R, Barrett, M, Roos, C, Kappeler, P, Bielawski, J, and Yang, Z. "Molecular evolutionary characterization of a V1R subfamily unique to strepsirrhine primates." Genome Biol Evol 6.1 (January 2014): 213-227. Full Text

Yoder, AD. "Gene flow happens." Evolutionary Anthropology 23.1 (January 2014): 15-17. Full Text

Blair, C, Heckman, KL, Russell, AL, and Yoder, AD. "Multilocus coalescent analyses reveal the demographic history and speciation patterns of mouse lemur sister species." BMC evolutionary biology 14.1 (January 2014): 57-. Full Text

Jenkins, RKB, Tognelli, MF, Bowles, P, Cox, N, Brown, JL, Chan, L, Andreone, F, Andriamazava, A, Andriantsimanarilafy, RR, Anjeriniaina, M, Bora, P, Brady, LD, Hantalalaina, EF, Glaw, F, Griffiths, RA, Hilton-Taylor, C, Hoffmann, M, Katariya, V, Rabibisoa, NH, Rafanomezantsoa, J, Rakotomalala, D, Rakotondravony, H, Rakotondrazafy, NA, Ralambonirainy, J, Ramanamanjato, J-B, Randriamahazo, H, Randrianantoandro, JC, Randrianasolo, HH, Randrianirina, JE, Randrianizahana, H, and Raselimanana, AP et al. "Extinction risks and the conservation of Madagascar's reptiles." PloS one 9.8 (January 2014): e100173-. Full Text