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In 2013, Dr. Hayley Lanier joined the UW/CC Center as an assistant professor of zoology and physiology. She earned her bachelor's of science degree in ecology and evolutional biology from the University of Kansas in 2004 and her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 2010. Her research interests include evolution and ecology of mammals, montane systems, biogeography, phylogeography, and species-tree approaches for phylogenetic reconstruction.
Courses Teaching: Writing in Biology (ZOO 4100), Mammalogy (ZOO 4370/5370), Problems (ZOO 4900), Ornithology (ZOO 4350/4780), Evolutionary Biology (LIFE 3500)
Office Hours: Monday 11-12 PM, Wednesday 1-2 PM, Thursday 2-3 PM
Best Method of Communication: Email
Biography: Hayley Lanier moved around a lot as a child, but her family settled in in Emporia, KS, when she was eight. As the daughter of two geologists, she spent a lot of time outside – but she was always more drawn to the animals living under the rocks than the rocks themselves. Her love of nature was further enhanced by attending Teton Science School as a middle school student, where she learned about the wonders of backpacking and field ecology. As an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas she studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and worked in the mammal division at University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center and learned about the amazing diversity of mammal ecology and morphology. Her interests in mammalian evolution led her to pursue a PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she studied pikas and learned to ski, skijour, snowboard, and ice climb. She was lucky enough to spend much of every summer in the field, either for her own research or on trips with her colleagues from the University of Alaska Museum. After her PhD, a postdoc at the University of Michigan took her, her husband, Jason, and their dog to Ann Arbor. While they enjoyed their time there, they are happy to be back in the mountainous west, and are looking forward to more hiking, backpacking, climbing, and winter sports in the future.
Affiliations, Associations, Consultations: American Society of Mammalogists; FIRST IV Postdoctoral Fellow – Faculty Institutes for Reforming Scientific Teaching; IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group; World Lagomorph Society; Society for the Study of Systematic Biology
Current Committees: Learning Community Leadership Committee
Lanier, H.C., D.L. Edwards, L.L. Knowles. 2013. Phylogenetic structure of vertebrate communities across the Australian arid zone. Journal of Biogeography. 40:1059-1070.
Lanier, H.C. and L.E. Olson. 2013. Deep barriers, shallow divergences: reduced phylogeographic structure in the collared pika (Ochotona collaris). Journal of Biogeography 40:466-478.
Reese, A.T., H.C. Lanier, and E.J. Sargis. 2013. Skeletal indicators of ecological specialization in pika (Mammalia, Ochotonidae). Journal of Morphology 247:585-602.
Lanier, H.C. and L.L. Knowles. 2012. Is recombination a problem for species-tree analyses? Systematic Biology 61:691-701.
Knowles, L.L., H.C. Lanier, P.B.Kilmov, and Q. He. 2012. Full modeling versus summarizing gene-tree uncertainty: method choice and species-tree accuracy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65:501-509.
Gunderson, A.G., H.C. Lanier, and L.E. Olson. 2012. Limited phylogeographic structure and genetic variation in Alaska’s arctic and alpine endemic, the Alaska marmot. Journal of Mammalogy 93:66-75.
Roberts, T.E., H.C. Lanier, E.J. Sargis, and L.E. Olson. 2011. Molecular phylogeny of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) and the timescale of diversification in Southeast Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60:358–372.
Weksler, M., H.C. Lanier, and L.E. Olson. 2010. Eastern Beringian biogeography: Historical and spatial genetic structure of singing voles (Microtus miurus) in Alaska. Journal of Biogeography 37:1414–1431.
Lanier, H.C., and L.E. Olson. 2009. Inferring divergence times within pikas (genus Ochotona) using mtDNA and relaxed molecular dating techniques. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53:1–12.
Olson, L.E., Z. Rakotomalala, K.B.P. Hildebrandt, H.C. Lanier, C.J. Raxworthy, and S.M. Goodman. 2009. Phylogeography of Microgale brevicaudata (Tenrecidae) and description of a new species from western Madagascar. Journal of Mammalogy 90:1095–1100.