2/2/20: New paper on the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in anoles!

Led by grad student Mike Yuan and undergrad Catherine Jung, we have a new paper out in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in anoles. This study takes a look at how competing forces shape the evolution of these ecologically important traits in the anoles of the Lesser Antilles.

Yuan M.L., Jung C., Wake M.H., and Wang I.J. (2020) Habitat use, interspecific competition, and phylogenetic history shape the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in Lesser Antillean anoles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 129:630-643.

1/6/20: New paper on landscape epigenetics in anoles!

Our new paper on landscape epigenetics in anoles is out in Molecular Ecology. Based on 8,459 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8,580 single methylation variants (SMVs) from eight populations of the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, we compared patterns of genetic and epigenetic variation and found evidence for significant epigenetic isolation by environment (IBE), even after controlling for genetic structure. We also detected significant associations between key environmental variables and 96 SMVs, including 42 located in promoter regions or gene bodies.

Wogan G.O.U., Yuan M.L., Mahler D.L., and Wang I.J. (2020) Genome-wide epigenetic isolation by environment in a widespread Anolis lizard. Molecular Ecology, 29: 40-55.

9/17/19: New paper on gene flow and reproductive mode in fire salamanders!

In collaboration with André Lourenço, João Gonçalves, Filipe Carvalho, and Guillermo Velo‐Antón, Ian has a new paper in Molecular Ecology comparing the effects of reproductive mode on genetic connectivity in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra).

Lourenco A., Goncalves J., Carvalho F., Wang I.J., and Velo-Anton G. (accepted) Comparative landscape genetics reveals the evolution of viviparity reduces genetic connectivity in fire salamanders. Molecular Ecology.