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Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Offices

ESC, Room 132
21 Sachem Street
P.O. Box 208105
New Haven, CT 06520-8105
Phone: (203) 432-9856
Fax: (203) 432-9927

Oswald Schmitz, Director
Rose Rita Riccitelli, Assistant Director
LaToya Sealy, Sr Administrative Assistant


Papers co-authored by undergraduate students trained in the YIB-MSCG laboratory

CACCONE, A., G. Amato, O.C. Gratry, J. Behler, J.R. Powell.  2001. A molecular phylogeny of four endangered Madagascar tortoises based on mtDNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 12: 1-9.

Palkovacs, E.P., M. Mendez, C. Ciofi, J. Gerlach, and A. CACCONE. 2003. Are the native Giant tortoises from the Seychelles really extinct? A genetic perspective based on mtDNA and microsatellite data. Molecular Ecology, 12: 1403-1413.

CACCONE, A., G. Gentile, C. Burns, E. Sezzi, W. Bergman, and J.R. Powell. 2004. Extreme difference in rate of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA evolution in a large ectotherm, Galápagos tortoises. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 31: 794-798.

Pinou, D., S. Vicario, M. Mendez, and A. CACCONE. 2004. Relict Snakes of North America and their relationship to the Caenophidia using Likelihood-Based Bayesian Methods on Mitochondrial Sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 32: 563-574.

Palkovacs, E.P., A.J. Oppenheimer, E. Gladyshev, J.E. Toepfer, G. Amato, T. Chase, and A. CACCONE. 2004. Phylogeography of the Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) Including the Extinct Heath Hen: Potential Implications for Conservation and Management. Molecular Ecology, 13: 1759-1769.

Russello, M.A., K. Lin, G. Amato, and A. CACCONE. 2005 Additional microsatellite loci for the endangered St.Vincent parrot, Amazonia guilingii. Conservation Genetics, 6: 643-645.

Slotman, M.A., M. Mendez, A. dellaTorre, Y. Toure’, G. Dolo, and A. CACCONE. 2006. AFLP analysis indicates genetic differentiation between the Bamako and Savanna chromosomal forms of Anopheles gambiae. Am. J. of Trop. Med and Hyg., 74: 641-

Balmer, O., C. Palma, A. MacLeod, and A. CACCONE. 2006. Characterization of di-, tri-, and tetranucleotide microsatellite markers with perfect repeats for Trypanosoma brucei and related species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 6: 508-510.

Garren, M., S.M. Walsh, A. CACCONE, and N. Knowlton. 2006. Patterns of association between Symbiodinium and members of the Montastraea annularis species complex on spatial scales ranging from within colonies to between geographic regions. Coral Reefs, 25: 503-512.

Russello, M.A., C. Hyseni, J.P. Gibbs, S. Cruz, C. Marquez, W. Tapia, P. Velensky, J.R. Powell and A. CACCONE. 2007. Lineage identification of Galápagos tortoises in captivity worldwide. Animal Conservation. Published on line 30 May 2007.