Anne D. Yoder, Professor  

Anne D. Yoder

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.

Education:
Ph.D., Duke University, 1992
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981

Office Location: 128 Biol Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-7275
Email Address:
Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/yoderlab/
Additional Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/yoderlab/

Specialties:
Evolution
Systematics
Genetics

Research Categories: Phylogeny and evolution of mammals, ; conservation genetics; historical biogeography and biodiversity of Madagascar

Research Description: 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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Hotaling, S; Foley, ME; Lawrence, NM; Bocanegra, J; Blanco, MB; Rasoloarison, R; Kappeler, PM; Barrett, MA; Yoder, AD; Weisrock, DW, Species discovery and validation in a cryptic radiation of endangered primates: coalescent-based species delimitation in Madagascar's mouse lemurs., Molecular Ecology, vol. 25 no. 9 (May, 2016), pp. 2029-2045 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Federman, S; Dornburg, A; Daly, DC; Downie, A; Perry, GH; Yoder, AD; Sargis, EJ; Richard, AF; Donoghue, MJ; Baden, AL, Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol. 113 no. 18 (May, 2016), pp. 5041-5046 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Larsen, PA; Hayes, CE; Williams, CV; Junge, RE; Razafindramanana, J; Mass, V; Rakotondrainibe, H; Yoder, AD, Blood transcriptomes reveal novel parasitic zoonoses circulating in Madagascar's lemurs., Biology Letters, vol. 12 no. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 20150829 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Pabijan, M; Brown, JL; Chan, LM; Rakotondravony, HA; Raselimanana, AP; Yoder, AD; Glaw, F; Vences, M, Phylogeography of the arid-adapted Malagasy bullfrog, Laliostoma labrosum, influenced by past connectivity and habitat stability., Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 92 (November, 2015), pp. 11-24 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Copenhaver, GP; Barsh, GS, A Decad(e) of Reasons to Contribute to a PLOS Community-Run Journal, PLoS genetics, vol. 11 no. 10 (October, 2015), pp. e1005557-e1005557 [repository], [doi] .