Dominic Evangelista

Dominic Evangelista
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle · Department of Systematics and Evolution

PhD

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Introduction
I am interested in biodiversity in Blaberoidea and other Blattodea. This includes both regional and local diversity and the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that maintain it. I am also involved in the use of molecular techniques for identification of species, inference of population level evolution, and reconstruction of phylogeny.
Additional affiliations
September 2010 - present
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Position
  • Research Assistant
June 2010 - August 2010
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (36)
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Here we provide a checklist of cockroach species known from areas within the Guiana Shield based on literature records and new field collection. We give records of sixteen species collected in Guyana, eight of which are new records for Guyana and one of which is a new generic record for the entire Guiana Shield. We also provide a description for a...
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Recently, specimens of a Periplaneta sp. were discovered in New York, NY, that did not match the typical morphology of Periplaneta americana L., the ubiquitous American cockroach. Here, we used DNA barcoding and morphological identification to confirm that this newly invasive pest species was indeed Periplaneta japonica Karny, 1908. We discuss this...
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Cockroaches (Order: Blattodea) comprise a taxon that, although very abundant in tropical forests, remains largely unstudied. Making sense of the diversity of species is a challenging task hindered by the large numbers of species and the abundance of cryptic or polymorphic forms. Here, we estimated species richness of cockroaches (s.s.) from norther...
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Phylogenomics seeks to use next‐generation data to robustly infer an organism's evolutionary history. Yet, the practical caveats of phylogenomics motivate investigation of improved efficiency, particularly when quality of phylogenies are questionable. To achieve improvements, one goal is to maintain or enhance the quality of phylogenetic inference...
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Patterns of discordance between gene trees and the species trees they reside in are crucial to the debate over the superiority of coalescent or concatenation approaches to tree inference. However, errors in estimating gene tree topologies obfuscate the issue by making gene trees appear erroneously discordant with the species tree. We thus test the...
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Biological invasions are both a pressing environmental challenge and an opportunity to investigate fundamental ecological processes, such as the role of top predators in regulating biodiversity and food-web structure. In whole-ecosystem manipulations of small Caribbean islands on which brown anole lizards (Anolis sagrei) were the native top predato...
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Phylogenomics seeks to use next-generation data to robustly infer an organism's evolutionary history. Yet, the practical caveats of phylogenomics motivates investigation of improved efficiency, particularly when quality of phylogenies are questionable. To achieve improvements, one goal is to maintain or enhance the quality of phylogenetic inference...
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Phylogenetic relationships among subgroups of cockroaches and termites are still matters of debate. Their divergence times and major phenotypic transitions during evolution are also not yet settled. We addressed these points by combining the first nuclear phylogenomic study of termites and cockroaches with a thorough approach to divergence time ana...
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The fossil species Prochaeradodis enigmaticus Piton, 1940, from Menat (France, Paleocene) has been regarded as a crown-Mantodea (praying mantis) and was subsequently used as one of the very few temporal calibration points relevant for the order. Ambiguities in previous descriptions prompted us to re-examine the type material. Based on our new obser...
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Assessing support for molecular phylogenies is difficult because the data is heterogeneous in quality and overwhelming in quantity. Traditionally, node support values (bootstrap frequency, Bayesian posterior probability) are used to assess confidence in tree topologies. Other analyses to assess the quality of phylogenetic data (e.g. Lento plots, sa...
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The forest refuge hypothesis to explain Amazonian diversity places an importance on dry savanna as a landscape feature isolating populations of humid forest-dwelling animals. Leaf-litter cockroaches are a useful group to study this as they are terrestrial and occupy a high-humidity microclimate. We examine the role of savanna, forests and flood zon...
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We report Blattodean taxa collected from three regions in Guyana. Our analyses associated with these specimens provide new geographic records, species descriptions, ecological information and genetic information. We report on the genera Lamproblatta, Eublaberus, Epilampra, Dasyblatta, Ischnoptera, Xestoblatta, Dendroblatta and Euphyllodromia. These...
Conference Paper
Cockroaches (Order: Blattodea) comprise a taxon that, although very abundant in tropical forests, remains largely unstudied. Making sense of the diversity of species is a challenging task hindered by the large numbers of species and the abundance of cryptic or polymorphic forms. Here, we estimated species richness of cockroaches (sensu sticto) from...
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We look at the role of terrestrial cockroaches in bromeliads and make predictions about trophic specialization and dispersal capabilities. Bromeliads provide a tractable forum for studying ecosystem dynamics and energy cycles. They are relatively small ecosystems where basic principles of ecology can be tested easily. However, they are also unique...
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Traditional knowledge about the trophic behavior of cockroaches is based on lab studies of a few species that are common pests. However, ecological studies and field observations show that roaches are much more selective in their diet when conditions permit. Carnivory, herbivory, detritivory, omnivory, coprophagy and xylophagy are all behaviors whi...

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The difference in cost is significant and I have never heard of Alpaqua. I assume they are reliable but haven't seen any reviews.
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For example, if a dead tissue (e.g. metazoan) was left in an actively fermenting medium (e.g. beer), how would this affect the quality of the DNA one could extract or amplify from this tissue?
Personal experiences or papers about this?
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I am learning that cockroaches don't excrete urine like most animals do, but instead just store it in their fat and to recycle it for later use. So, I was wondering if other animals do anything similar or will actually drink their own urine (other than Bear Grylls, of course).

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