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Robert Fleischer

Center Head / Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics

Research Focus

My primary research interests are in the evolutionary and conservation biology of birds and mammals, including studies of the genetic aspects of interactions of pathogens with their vectors and hosts, phylogeography and systematics, and the application of molecular markers to studies of kinship and behavior.

Most Recent Publications

Pagenkopp Lohan, K. M., Fleischer, Robert C., Carney, K. J., Holzer, K. K. and Ruiz, G. M. Amplicon-Based Pyrosequencing Reveals High Diversity of Protistan Parasites in Ships' Ballast Water: Implications for Biogeography and Infectious Diseases, Microbial ecology, . 2015.

St Clair, James J. H., Burns, Zackory T., Bettaney, Elaine M., Morrissey, Michael B., Otis, Brian, Ryder, Thomas B., Fleischer, Robert C., James, Richard and Rutz, Christian. Experimental resource pulses influence social-network dynamics and the potential for information flow in tool-using crows, Nature Communications, 6 7197. 2015.

Yumnam, Bibek, Negi, Tripti, Maldonado, Jesús E., Fleischer, Robert C. and Jhala, Yadvendradev V. Phylogeography of the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) in India, PloS One, 10 (9) 1-18. 2015.

Hofman, Courtney A., Rick, Torben C., Fleischer, Robert C. and Maldonado, Jesús E. Conservation archaeogenomics: ancient DNA and biodiversity in the Anthropocene, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30 (9) 540-549. 2015.

Hofman, Courtney A., Rick, Torben C., Hawkins, Melissa T. R., Funk, W. C., Ralls, Katherine, Boser, Christina L., Collins, Paul W., Coonan, Tim, King, Julie L., Morrison, Scott A., Newsome, Seth D., Sillett, T. Scott, Fleischer, Robert C. and Maldonado, Jesús E. Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest Rapid Evolution of Dwarf California Channel Islands Foxes (Urocyon littoralis), PloS One, 10 (2) 1-15. 2015.

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