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Reflection on Evolutionary Biology and Other Stuff.
Genetic study highlights challenging conservation of the Bengal Tiger in India.... Read more »
Singh, S., Aspi, J., Kvist, L., Sharma, R., Pandey, P., Mishra, S., Singh, R., Agrawal, M., & Goyal, S. (2017) Fine-scale population genetic structure of the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in a human-dominated western Terai Arc Landscape, India. PLOS ONE, 12(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174371
What to do when your prey refuses to be swallowed? Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucordia) in Hungary have a solution…... Read more »
Scientists have sequenced the DNA of two extinct birds: the moa and the elephantbird. Comparison with their living relatives led to some surprising findings.... Read more »
Yonezawa T, Segawa T, Mori H, Campos PF, Hongoh Y, Endo H, Akiyoshi A, Kohno N, Nishida S, Wu J.... (2017) Phylogenomics and Morphology of Extinct Paleognaths Reveal the Origin and Evolution of the Ratites. Current biology : CB, 27(1), 68-77. PMID: 27989673
The story of my first citation, and the birth of my H-index...... Read more »
Lavretsky, P., Peters, J., Winker, K., Bahn, V., Kulikova, I., Zhuravlev, Y., Wilson, R., Barger, C., Gurney, K., & Mccracken, K. (2015) Becoming pure: identifying generational classes of admixed individuals within lesser and greater scaup populations. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13487
An overview of my PhD so far...... Read more »
Ottenburghs, J., Ydenberg, R., Van Hooft, P., Van Wieren, S., & Prins, H. (2015) The Avian Hybrids Project: gathering the scientific literature on avian hybridization. Ibis, 157(4), 892-894. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12285
The endangered Golden-winged Warbler can be conserved by fire management.... Read more »
King, R., Boysen, J., Brenneman, J., Cong, R., & Hunter, T. (2015) Fire created habitat partitioning and isolation between hybridizing warblers. Ecosphere, 6(3). DOI: 10.1890/ES14-00320.1
The evolution of shell characteristics in snails in simply amazing!... Read more »
Hollander J, Galindo J, & Butlin RK. (2015) Selection on outlier loci and their association with adaptive phenotypes in Littorina saxatilis contact zones. Journal of evolutionary biology, 28(2), 328-37. PMID: 25439395
MORDAN, P. (2001) A SYSTEMATIC REVISION OF THE VITRINID SEMISLUGS OF THE AZORES (GASTROPODA:PULMONATA). Journal Molluscan Studies, 67(3), 343-368. DOI: 10.1093/mollus/67.3.343
Batesian Mimicry - where an edible species is protected from predation by resembling an inedible or dangerous species might lead to the origin of new species. This suggestion was tested by putting "snake necklaces" in the field...... Read more »
Pfennig DW, Akcali CK, & Kikuchi DW. (2015) Batesian mimicry promotes pre- and postmating isolation in a snake mimicry complex. Evolution, 69(4), 1085-90. PMID: 25689670
The correspondence between Edgar Anderson and Ernst Mayr revealed a peculiar fact.... Read more »
Kleinman, K. (2012) Systematics and the Origin of Species from the Viewpoint of a Botanist: Edgar Anderson Prepares the 1941 Jesup Lectures with Ernst Mayr. Journal of the History of Biology, 46(1), 73-101. DOI: 10.1007/s10739-012-9325-9
In 1923, Jean Delacour discovered a new species of Pheasant in Vietnam. But things were not as they seemed...... Read more »
HENNACHE, A., RASMUSSEN, P., LUCCHINI, V., RIMONDI, S., & RANDI, E. (2003) Hybrid origin of the imperial pheasant Lophura imperialis (Delacour and Jabouille, 1924) demonstrated by morphology, hybrid experiments, and DNA analyses. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 80(4), 573-600. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2003.00251.x
Some men like to dress up like females. But do you find drag queens in other species? It turns out Nature has some surprises up her sleeves.... Read more »
Norman, M., Finn, J., & Tregenza, T. (1999) Female impersonation as an alternative reproductive strategy in giant cuttlefish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 266(1426), 1347-1349. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1999.0786
Slagsvold, T. . (1991) Evolution of Plumage Color in Male Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca): Evidence for Female Mimicry. Evolution, 45(4), 910-917. info:/
The transition from water to land is well documented in the fossil record, but genetic support is still scarce. Until now.... Read more »
Gehrke, A., Schneider, I., de la Calle-Mustienes, E., Tena, J., Gomez-Marin, C., Chandran, M., Nakamura, T., Braasch, I., Postlethwait, J., Gómez-Skarmeta, J.... (2014) Deep conservation of wrist and digit enhancers in fish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420208. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420208112
If you should ever get this question, the answer is rather short: “according to recent findings, birds are descended from maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs.” Makes sense, right?... Read more »
Xu, X., Zhou, Z., Dudley, R., Mackem, S., Chuong, C., Erickson, G., & Varricchio, D. (2014) An integrative approach to understanding bird origins. Science, 346(6215), 1253293-1253293. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253293
A recent study in PNAS traced the evolution of ADH4, an enzyme to process alcohol. Their results are quite surprising!... Read more »
Carrigan, M., Uryasev, O., Frye, C., Eckman, B., Myers, C., Hurley, T., & Benner, S. (2014) Hominids adapted to metabolize ethanol long before human-directed fermentation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201404167. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404167111
The Galapagos have become a model system for speciation research. But recently, several cases of speciation reversal have been documented. Quite ironic!... Read more »
Garrick, R., Benavides, E., Russello, M., Hyseni, C., Edwards, D., Gibbs, J., Tapia, W., Ciofi, C., & Caccone, A. (2014) Lineage fusion in Galápagos giant tortoises. Molecular Ecology, 23(21), 5276-5290. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12919
Kleindorfer, S., O’Connor, J., Dudaniec, R., Myers, S., Robertson, J., & Sulloway, F. (2014) Species Collapse via Hybridization in Darwin’s Tree Finches. The American Naturalist, 183(3), 325-341. DOI: 10.1086/674899
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