Dornburg Publications


Daane, J.M., Dornburg, A., Smits, P., MacGuigan, D.J., Hawkins, M.B., Near, T.J., Detrich, H.W., Harris, M.P. Historical contingency shapes adaptive radiation in Antarctic fishes. Submitted to Science. BioRxiv

Near, T.J., MacGuigan, D., Parker, C.E., Jones, C., Struthers, C., Dornburg, A. Phylogenetic analysis of Antarctic notothenioids illuminates the utility of RADseq for resolving Cenozoic adaptive radiations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129: 268—279

Dornburg,A. Lamb, A.D., Warren, D. Watkins-Colwell, G., Lewbart, G.,Flowers, J. Are geckos paratenic hosts for Caribbean Island Acanthocephalans? Evidence from Gonatodes antillensis and a review of squamate reptiles acting as transport hosts. Peabody Bulletin of Natural History (accepted)

Dornburg, A., Zhou, S., Townsend, J.P. Optimal rates for phylogenetic inference and experimental design in the era of genome-scale datasets. Systematic Biology 68:145–156

Iglesias, T.L.†, Dornburg, A.†, Warren, D.L., Wainwright, P.C., Schmitz, L. Economo, E.P. Eyes-Wide Shut: the impact of dim-light vision on neural investment in marine teleosts. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 1082—1092(†co-first authors)

A photo I took of a Sparisoma aurofrenatum (redband parrotfish) settling in for the night made the cover of JEB!

Dornburg, A., Warren, D., Zapfe, K. Morris, R., Lamb, A., Hogue, G. Lukas, L. Wang, R. Testing ontogenetic patterns of sexual size dimorphism against expectations of the expensive tissue hypothesis, an intra-specic example using Oyster Toadfish (Opsanus tau). Ecology and Evolution 8 (7):3609—3616 pdf.

Katerina Zapfe’s drawing of an Opsanus Tau (Oyster Toadfish) was chosen for the cover of the issue!


Dornburg, A., Townsend, J.P., Wang, Z. Maximizing power in phylogenetics and phylogenomics: a perspective illuminated by fungal big data. In J.P Townsend & Z. Wang (Eds.). Fungal phyologenetics and phylogenomics (pp. 1—47). Advances in Genetics volume 100. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press

Dornburg, A., Lamb, A., Federman, S., Jones, C. Near, T.J. Cradles and Museums of Antarctic Biodiversity. Nature Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0239-y pdf

Lamb, A.J., Watkins-Colwell, G.C., Moore, J.A., Iglesias, T., Warren, D.L., Brandley, M.C., Dornburg, A. Endolymphatic sac use and reproductive activity in the Lesser Antilles endemic gecko Gonatodes antillensis (Gekkota: Spaerodactylidae). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 58(1):17–29 pdf

Chakrabarty, P, Faircloth, B.C., Ludt, W.B, McMahan, C.D., Near, T.J, Dornburg, A., Albert, J.S., Arroyave, J., Stiassny, M.J., Sorenson, L., Alfaro, M.E. Phylogenomic Systematics of Ostariophysan fishes: Ultraconserved Elements Support the Surprising Non-monophyly of Characiformes. Systematic Biology DOI:10.1093/sysbio/syx038 pdf

Dornburg, A., Townsend, J.P., Spriggs, E., Eytan, R.I., Moore, J.A., Wainwright, P.C.,Lemmon, A.R., Moriarty Lemmon, E., Near, T.J. Phylogenetic informativeness facilitates resolution of the sister lineage to percomorpha with an anchored hybrid enrichment dataset. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 110: 27-38 pdf


Dornburg, A., Tamagnon, J., Townsend, J.P. PhyInformR: Phylogenetic experimental design and phylogenomic data exploration. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16 (1): 262 pdf

2016. Dornburg, A., Forrestel, E., Moore, J.A., Iglesias, T.L., Jones, A., Rao, L., Warren, D.L. An assessment of sampling biases across studies of diel activity patterns in marine ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii). Online early. Bulletin of Marine Science. pdf

2016. Dornburg, A., Lippi, C., Federman, S., Moore, J.A., Warren, D.L., Iglesias, T.L., Brandley, M.C., Watkins-Colwell, G.J., Lamb, A.D. Jones, A. Disentangling the Influence of Urbanization and Invasion on Endemic Geckos in Tropical Biodiversity Hot Spots: A Case Study of Phyllodactylus martini (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) along an Urban Gradient in Curaçao. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 57: pp.147-164. pdf

2016. Dornburg, A., Federman, S., Eytan, R.I., Near, T.J. Cryptic species diversity in Sub- Antarctic islands: a case study of Lepidonotothen. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 104: 32–43. pdf

2016. Collins, S., Dornburg, A., Flores, J., Dombrowski, D., Lewbart, G. A comparison of blood gases, biochemistry, and hematology to ecomorphology in a health assessment of pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides). PeerJ: e2262 pdf

2016. Federman, S., Dornburg, A., Daly, D.C., Downie, A., Yoder, A.D., Sargis, E.J., Perry, G. H., Donoghue, M.J., Richard, A. F., Baden, A. L. Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora. Proceedings of Natural Academy of Sciences 113: 5041-5046. pdf

2016. Ahmad Sah, H. H., G.J. Watkins-Colwell, A. Dornburg, D.S. McLeod, L Grismer, A. M. Bauer, R. J. A. Wahab and T. U. Grafe. The Amphibians, Reptiles and Fishes of the 2012 Bukit Pagon Expedition, Brunei Darussalam. Peabody Bulletin of Natural History 57: 97–114. pdf


2015. Dornburg, A., Federman, S., Eytan, R.I., Near, T.J. Cryptic species diversity in Sub- Antarctic islands: a case study of Lepidonotothen. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 104: 32–43. pdf

2015. Prum, R. O., Berv, J. S., Dornburg, A., Field, D. J., Townsend, J. P., Lemmon, E. M., & Lemmon, A. R. A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing. Nature. pdf

2015. Federman, S., Dornburg, A., Downie, A., Richard, A. F., Daly, D. C., & Donoghue, M. J. The biogeographic origin of a radiation of trees in Madagascar: implications for the assembly of a tropical forest biome. BMC evolutionary biology, 15:216. pdf

2015. Near, T., Dornburg, A., Harrington, R., Oliveira, C., Pietsch, T.W., Thacker, C.E., Satoh, T.P., Katayama, E., Wainwright, P.C., Eastman, J.T., Beaulieu, J.M. Identification of the notothenioid sister lineage illuminates the biogeographic history of an Antarctic adaptive radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:109. pdf

2015. Eytan, R.I., Evans, B.R., Dornburg, A., Lemmon, A.R., Moriarty Lemmon, E., Wainwright, P.C., and Near, T.J. Are 100 enough? Inferring acanthomorph teleost phylogeny using anchored hybrid enrichment. BMC evolutionary biology 1:113. pdf

2015. Iglesias, T.L., Dornburg, A., Brandley, M.C., Warren, D.L. Life in the unthinking depths: energetic constraints on encephalization in marine fishes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1080–1090. pdf

2015. Dornburg, A., Friedman, M., Near, T.J. Phylogenetic analysis of molecular and morphological data highlights uncertainty in the relationships of fossil and living species of Elopomorpha (Actinopterygii: Teleostei). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 89:205–218. pdf


2014. Dornburg, A., Moore, J., Beaulieu, J.M., Eytan, R.I., Near, T.J. The impact of shifts in marine biodiversity hotspots on patterns of range evolution: evidence from the Holocentridae (squirrelfishes and soldierfishes). Evolution 69:146–161. pdf

2014. Near, T.J. Dornburg, A., Friedman, M. Phylogenetic relationships and timing of diversification in gonorynchiform fishes inferred using nuclear gene DNA sequences (Teleostei: Ostariophysi). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 80:297–307. pdf

2014. Dornburg,A., Townsend, J.P., Near, T.J. Phylogenetic informativeness approaches reconcile ray-finned fish divergence times. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14 (1): 169. pdf

2014. Price,S.A., Schmitz, L., Oufiero, C.E., Eytan, R.I., Dornburg, A., Smith, W.L., Friedman, M., Near, T.J., Wainwright, P.C. Two waves of niche-filling straddling the K-Pg boundary formed the modern reef fish fauna. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 2014321. pdf

2014. Moore, J. and Dornburg, A. Ingestion of fossil seashells, stones, and small mammal bones by gravid gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in South Florida. Peabody Bulletin of Natural History 55: 55–63. pdf


2013. Near, T.J., Dornburg, A., Tokita, M., Suzuki, D., Brandley, M.C., Friedman, M. Boom and bust: ancient and recent diversification in bichirs and ropefish (Polypteridae: Actinopterygii), a relictual lineage of ray-finned fishes. Evolution 68: 1014–1026 pdf

2013. Near, T.J., Dornburg, A., Eytan, R.I., Keck, B.P., Smith, W.L., Kuhn, K.L., Moore, J.A., Price, S.A., Burbrink, F.T., Friedman, M., Wainwright, P.M. Phylogeny and tempo of diversification in the superradiation of spiny-rayed fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences 110: 12738–12743. pdf

2013. Friedman, M., Keck, B.P., Dornburg, A., Eytan, R.I., Martin, C.H., Hulsey, C.D., Wainwright P.C., T.J. Near. Molecular and fossil evidence place the origin of cichlid fishes long after Gondwanan rifting. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280:20131733. pdf

2013. Near, T.J., Dornburg, A., Eytan, R.I., Keck, B.P., Smith, W.L., Kuhn, K.L., Moore, J.A., Price, S.A., Burbrink, F.T., Friedman, M., Wainwright, P.M. Phylogeny and tempo of diversification in the superradiation of spiny-rayed fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences 110: 12738–12743. pdf

2013. Reynolds,R.G., Niemiller, M.L., Hedges, S.B., Dornburg, A., Revell, L.J. Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of West Indian boid snakes (Chilabothrus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 461–470. pdf

2013. Santini, F., Sorenson, L., Marcroft, T. Dornburg, A., Alfaro, M.E. A multilocus phylogeny of boxfishes (Aracanidae, Ostraciidae; Tetraodontiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 153–160. pdf


2012. Near,T.J., Eytan, R.I., Dornburg, A., Kuhn, K.L, Moore, J.A., Wainwright, P., Friedman, M., Davis, M., Smith, L. Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences 109: 13698–13703. pdf

2012. Dornburg, A., Moore, J.A., Webster, R., Warren, D.L., Brandley, M.C., Iglesias, T.L., Wainwright, P.C., and T.J. Near. Molecular phylogenetics of squirrelfishes and soldierfishes (Teleostei:Beryciformes: Holocentridae): reconciling more than 100 years of taxonomic confusion. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 727–738. pdf

2012. Near,T.J., Dornburg, A., Kuhn, K.L., Eastman, J.T., Pennington, J.N., Patarnello, T., Zane, L., Fernandez, D.A., Jones, C.D. Ancient climate change, antifreeze, and the evolutionary diversification of Antarctic fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences 109:3434–3439. pdf


2011. Dornburg, A., Brandley, M.C., McGowen, M., Near, T.J. Rate Heterogeneity, Uncorrelated Relaxed-Clock Models, and Patterns of Molecular Evolution in Cetaceans. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29: 721-736. pdf

2011. Dornburg, A., Colosi, J.G., Maser, C., Reese, A.T., Watkins-Colwell, G.J. A survey of the Yale Peabody Museum collection of Egyptian mammals collected during the construction of the Aswan high dam: with an emphasis on material from the Yale University prehistoric expedition to Nubia (YUPEN) 1962-1965. Peabody Bulletin of Natural History 52:255-272. pdf

2011. Dornburg, A., Sidlauskas, B., Sorenson, L., Santini, F., Near, T.J., Alfaro, M.E. The influence of an innovative locomotor strategy on the phenotypic diversification of triggerfishes (Family: Balistidae). Evolution 65:1912–1926. pdf

2011. Dornburg, A., Warren, D.L., Iglesias, T.L., Brandley, M.C. Natural history observations of the ichthyological and herpetological fauna on the Island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Peabody Bulletin of Natural History 52:181–186. pdf

2011. Dornburg, A., Beaulieu, J.M., Oliver, J.C., Near, T.J. Integrating fossil preservation biases in the selection of calibrations for molecular divergence time estimation. Systematic Biology 60: 519-527. pdf


2010. Watkins-Colwell, G.J., Dornburg, A., Hawlena, D., Moore, J. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia (YUPEN) 1962-1965. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History (51):179-197. pdf

2010. Weaver, R.E., Dornburg, A. New and noteworthy country records of Amphibians and Reptiles from Southeastern Washington State. Herpetological Review. 41(1):115–116. pdf


2009. Alfaro, M. E., Santini, F., Brock, C., Alamillo, H., Dornburg, A., Rabosky, D.L., Carnevale, G., Harmon, L.J. Nine exceptional radiations plus high turnover explain species diversity in jawed vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (106):13410–13414. pdf

2009. Dornburg, A., Moore, J., Watkins-Colwell, G.J. Distribution of freshwater fishes in Connecticut based on museum voucher specimens. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History (50):347-379. pdf

2009. Dornburg, A., Weaver, R.E. First Report of Scavenging by the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus). Northwestern Naturalist (90) 55-57. pdf


2008. Dornburg, A. Santini,F., Alfaro, M.E. The influence of model-averaging on clade posteriors: an example using the triggerfishes (Family: Balistidae). Systematic Biology 57(6):905–919 pdf

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