Anne D. Yoder, Professor
PhD, Duke University, 1992
Office Location: BioSci: 315
Office Phone: (919) 660-7275
Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/yoderlab/
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.
- A.D. Yoder, The lemur revolution starts now: the genomic coming of age of a non-model organism, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 66 no. 2 (2013), pp. 442-452 .
- A.D. Yoder, Gene flow happens, Evolutionary Anthropology (Accepted, 2013) .
- Yoder, A.D., Chan, L.M., dos Reis, M., Larsen, P.A., Campbell, C.R., Rasoloarison, R., Barrett, M. A., Roos, C., Kappeller, P., Bielawski, J.P., Z. Yang, Molecular evolutionary characterization of a V1R subfamily unique to strepsirrhine primates, Genome Biology and Evolution (Accepted, 2013) .
- Barrett, M.A., Brown, J.L., Junge, R.E. and A.D. Yoder, Climate change, predictive modeling and lemur health: assessing impacts of changing climate on health and conservation in Madagascar, Biological Conservation, vol. 157 (2013), pp. 409-422 .
- Krystal, A.D., Schopler, B., Kobbe, S., Williams, C., Rakatondrainibe, H., Yoder, A.D., P. Klopfer, Discovery of a novel REM Sleep-like state in a hibernating primate – Cheirogaleus medius, PLoS ONE, vol. 8 no. 9 (2013), pp. e69914 .