Molly M. McDonough

Molly M. McDonough
Chicago State University · Department of Biological Sciences

PhD

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There are over 60 zoonoses linked to small mammals, including some of the most devastating pathogens in human history. Meanwhile, millions of museum-archived tissues are available to understand natural history of these pathogens. Our goal is to maximize the value of museum collections for pathogen-based research using targeted sequence capture. To...
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Patterns of rarity, endemism, and vulnerability are known for four species of yellow-eared bats of the genus Vampyressa: V. melissa, V. voragine, V. elisabethae, and V. sinchi, the last two described based on skull and external morphology. We extracted DNA from the holotypes of V. elisabethae and V. sinchi using strict ancient DNA protocols and seq...
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Four species of spotted skunks (Carnivora, Mephitidae, Spilogale) are currently recognized: Spilogale angustifrons, S. gracilis, S. putorius, and S. pygmaea. Understanding species boundaries within this group is critical for effective conservation given that regional populations or subspecies (e.g., S. p. interrupta) have experienced significant po...
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Four species of spotted skunks (Carnivora, Mephitidae, Spilogale ) are currently recognized: Spilogale angustifrons , S. gracilis , S. putorius , and S. pygmaea . Understanding species boundaries within this group is critical for effective conservation given that regional populations or subspecies (e.g., S. p. interrupta ) have experienced signific...
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Sedimentary ancient DNA has been proposed as a key methodology for reconstructing biodiversity over time. Yet, despite the concentration of Earth’s biodiversity in the tropics, this method has rarely been applied in this region. Moreover, the taphonomy of sedimentary DNA, especially in tropical environments, is poorly understood. This study elucida...
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Sedimentary ancient DNA has been proposed as a key methodology for reconstructing biodiversity over time. Yet, despite the concentration of Earth’s biodiversity in the tropics, this method has rarely been applied in this region. Moreover, the taphonomy of sedimentary DNA, especially in tropical environments, is poorly understood. This study elucida...
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Recent genetic studies demonstrate that small mammals from Botswana have a unique phylogenetic history shaped by Pleistocene climate fluctuations, indicating patterns of isolation and population expansion. Karyotypic descriptions are useful for characterizing chromosomal rearrangements that may have led to genetic isolation and speciation. Yet, mos...
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We assessed the genetic variability of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) throughout the range of the species, with an emphasis on the potentially endangered plains spotted skunk subspecies (S. p. interrupta). Tissue samples from a variety of sources including field surveys, state agencies, and museum tissue collections allowed a detail...
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High-throughput sequencing methods have facilitated obtaining large amounts of data from degraded DNA, thus resulting in a dramatic increase in destructive sampling requests to museums. Because the tissues taken from museum specimens as sources of DNA are destroyed during analysis, consideration of the costs and benefits of loss of valuable specime...
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The molecular phylogeny of extant genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genetta ) was generated using all species with the exception of the Ethiopian genet Genetta abyssinica . Herein, we provide the first molecular phylogenetic assessment of G. abyssinica using molecular sequence data from multiple mitochondrial genes generated from a recent record of th...
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Taxonomy is a scientific discipline that has provided the universal naming and classification system of biodiversity for centuries and continues effectively to accommodate new knowledge. A recent publication by Garnett and Christidis [1] expressed concerns regarding the difficulty that taxonomic changes represent for conservation efforts and propos...
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The taxonomy of American deer has been established almost entirely on the basis of morphological data and without the use of explicit phylogenetic methods; hence, phylogenetic analyses including data for all of the currently recognized species, even if based on a single gene, might improve current understanding of their taxonomy. We tested the mono...
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Name and DNA sequences of pairs of primers used for amplification and sequencing of the CYTB gene
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Aim The rodent genus Gerbilliscus is widespread in savannas throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The eastern clade comprises four species with distributions centred in the Somali-Masai biogeographical region of East Africa. We investigated the genetic diversity of the group with a view to illuminating the historical (Plio-Pleistocene) processes that for...
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We analyzed phylogeographic patterns in the western spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis Merriam, 1890 (Carnivora: Mephitidae) in relation to historical events associated with Pre-Pleistocene Divergence (PPD) and Quaternary climate change (QCC) using mitochondrial DNA from 97 individuals distributed across Western North America. Divergence times were...
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We examined 212 complete sequences of the cytochrome b gene for all pika species (Lagomorpha: Ochotona) as well as 250 skulls of pikas from the eastern Himalayan region. The results of our analyses suggest that a new and distinct subspecies of large-eared pika - Ochotona macrotis gomchee ssp.n. occurs in Bhutan. Our phylogenetic analyses indicate t...
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Background The Indonesian island of Sulawesi has a complex geological history. It is composed of several landmasses that have arrived at a near modern configuration only in the past few million years. It is the largest island in the biodiversity hotspot of Wallacea—an area demarcated by the biogeographic breaks between Wallace’s and Lydekker’s line...
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Time calibration derived from the fossil record is essential for molecular phylogenetic and evolutionary studies. Fossil mice and rats, discovered in the Siwalik Group of Pakistan, have served as one of the best-known fossil calibration points in molecular phylogenic studies. Although these fossils have been widely used as the 12 Ma date for the Mu...
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Understanding historical influences of climate and physiographic barriers in shaping patterns of biodiversity remains limited for many regions of the world. For mammals of continental Africa, phylogeographic studies, particularly for West African lineages, implicate both geographic barriers and climate oscillations in shaping small mammal diversity...
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Here we present a set of RNA-based probes for whole mitochondrial genome in-solution enrichment, targeting a diversity of mammalian mitogenomes. This probes set was designed from 7 mammalian orders and tested to determine the utility for enriching degraded DNA. We generated 63 mitogenomes representing five orders and 22 genera of mammals that yield...
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Many species of large wildlife have declined drastically worldwide. These reductions often lead to profound shifts in the ecology of entire communities and ecosystems. However, the effects of these large-wildlife declines on other taxa likely hinge upon both underlying abiotic properties of these systems and on the types of secondary anthropogenic...
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Kingdon, J., D. Happold, T. Butynski, M. Hoffmann, M. Happold, and J. Kalina (eds.). 2013. Mammals of Africa (6 volumes). Bloomsbury Publishing, London, United Kingdom, 3,720 pp. Price (hardbound), $940.00. Kingdon, J., D. Happold, M. Hoffmann, T. Butynski, M. Happold, and J. Kalina (eds.). 2013. Mammals of Africa. Volume I: Introductory Chapters a...
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We use a combination of cytochrome b sequence data and karyological evidence to confirm the presence of Mus indutus and Mus minutoides in Botswana. Our data include sampling from five localities from across the country, including one site in northwestern Botswana where both species were captured in syntopy. Additionally, we find evidence for two mi...
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Previous understanding of the relationships among the species of bats in the genus Eumops has been primarily based on phenetic and cladistic analyses of morphological genetic similarity data. The objective of this study was to construct a phylogeny using DNA sequence data from 2 mitochondrial loci (cytochrome-b [Cytb] and nicotinamide adenine dinuc...
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The three species of bears in North America, polar bears (Ursus maritimus Phipps, 1774), brown bears (Ursus arctos L., 1758), and black bears (Ursus americanus Pallas, 1780), have differentiated morphologies and nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. An exception is a paraphyletic mitochondrial DNA relationship and some nuclear gene lineages common to...
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Metagenomic methods provide an experimental approach to inform the relationships between hosts and their microbial inhabitants. Previous studies have provided the conceptual realization that microbiomes are dynamic among hosts and the intimacy of relation between micro- and macroorganisms. Here, we present an intestinal microflora community analysi...
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We report the results of a two-month bat survey from 33 different sampling localities in the country of Ecuador conducted in the summer of 2006. Biologists from Angelo State University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador participated in this survey that was designed to collect information on bats from a diverse set of habitats and l...
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The Koanaka Hills (also known as Nqcumtsa Hills) are part of a series of dolomitic uplifts in western Ngamiland, Botswana. These localised formations create contrasting habitats to the surrounding environment and provide some of the only topographic relief among the flat semi-arid bushveld characterising this region. As such, these dolomitic uplift...
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We reevaluate vouchered records of Peropteryx leucoptera in Ecuador with regard to the morphologicallysimilar and newly described species, P. pallidoptera. The western-most distributional occurrence of P. pallidoptera isdocumented. Additionally, we describe a new record of P. leucoptera collected at Palma Roja, Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve inSucumbío...
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We describe and formally name a species of bonneted bat (genus Eumops), which is a member of the E. glaucinus complex. Closely related species are E. glaucinus, E. ferox, and E. floridanus. The conceptual basis for the description of this species is the Genetic Species Concept with speciation by the Bateson-Dobzhanzky-Muller model. The new species...
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Emory Cave in west Texas, USA is one of the few natural roost sites used by the endan- gered Mexican long-nosed bat Leptonycteris nivalis in the United States. Despite concern over declines in population size, no reliable methods have been developed for censusing colonies of this species that are both accurate and minimize disruption to the colony....
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aBstract Five Texas Army National Guard training sites (Camp Maxey, Fort Wolters, Camp Swift, Camp Bowie, and Camp Mabry) were surveyed for bats using mist nets and Anabat units dur-ing spring, summer, and fall from October 2005 to November 2006. A total of seven species, Lasiurus borealis, L. cinereus, L. seminolus, Myotis velifer, Nycticeius hume...
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We phylogenetically analyze 705 base pairs of the cytochrome-b gene and 351 amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) bands from populations of the karyotypically variable Wagner’s bonneted bat, Eumops glaucinus, and the Florida bonneted bat, Eumops floridanus (Chiroptera: Molossidae). Three karyotypes have been documented across the range of E...
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Amphibians and reptiles were surveyed using standard sampling techniques at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas in 2004 and 2005 as part of the Texas National Guard's biological inventory of the property. A total of 555 individuals representing 20 species were documented including six anurans, five turtles, four lizards, and five snakes. Amphibians compromis...

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