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Department of Zoology and Physiology

College of Arts and Sciences

Hayley Christine Lanier
Assistant Professor

University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010-2013
University of Alaska Fairbanks, PhD Biology, 2010
University of Kansas, BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2004

Research interests:
My research interests are broadly focused on the evolution and ecology of mammals. Current projects are focused on (1) how physical and ecological barriers have acted to shape the history of populations and species in montane regions, (2) how species respond to sudden shifts in temperature, and (3) how we can combine multiple molecular markers across the genome to accurately reconstruct species histories. Much of my empirical research so far has been focused on pikas, marmots, and other small mammals found in Alaska and northwest Canada.

Select Publications:
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. [profiled in The Wildlife Professional, & by the American Society of Mammalogists]
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.

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