Publications

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Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Dávalos, L.M., P.M. Velazco,  O.M. Warsi, P.D. Smits, and N.B. Simmons. 2014. Integrating incomplete fossils by isolating conflicting signal in saturated and non-independent morphological characters. Systematic Biology 63(4), 582–600. Popular press coverage at AMNH News.


Dumont, E. R.*, K. Samadevam, I. Grosse, O.M. Warsi, B. Baird, and L.M. Dávalos*. 2014. Selection for mechanical advantage underlies multiple cranial optima in New World Leaf-nosed bats. Evolution 68(5), 1436-1449. * Equal contribution. Popular press coverage at ScienceDaily and Popular Science.


Hayden, S., M. Bekaert, A. Goodbla, W.J. Murphy, L.M. Dávalos*, and E.C. Teeling*. 2014. A cluster of olfactory receptor genes linked to frugivory in bats. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(4), 917-927. *Equal contribution. Popular press coverage at the Irish Times and RedOrbit.


Duncan, R.P., F. Husnik, J.T. Van Leuven, D.G. Gilbert, L.M. Dávalos, J.P. McCutcheon, A.C.C. Wilson. 2014. Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect/symbiont interface. Molecular Ecology 23(6), 1608–1623.


Dávalos, L.M., J.S. Holmes, N. Rodríguez, and D. Armenteras. 2014. Demand for beef is unrelated to pasture expansion in northwestern Amazonia. Biological Conservation 170(2014), 64-73. Popular press coverage at El Colombiano.


Dawson, M., A. Algar, A. Antonelli, L.M. Dávalos, E. Davis, R. Early, A. Guisan, R. Jansson, , J. Lessard, K. Marske, J. McGuire, A.L. Stigall, N.G. Swenson, N. Zimmermann, D. Gavin,  An horizon scan of biogeography. Frontiers in Biogeography 5(2), 130-157.


Dávalos, L.M., and A.L. Russell. 2012. Deglaciation explains bat extinction in the Caribbean. Ecology and Evolution 2(12), 1-7. Popular press coverage in io9 and Discovery News.


Dávalos, L.M.*, A.L. Cirranello*, J.H. Geisler, and N.B. Simmons. 2012. Understanding phylogenetic incongruence: lessons from phyllostomid bats. Biological Reviews 84(7), 991-1041. *Equally authored. Download the data and phylogenies. Popular press coverage at DailyKos and ScienceDaily.


Corthals, A., A. Köller, D.W. Martin, R. Rieger, E.I. Chen, M. Bernaski, G. Recagno, and L.M. Dávalos. 2012. Detecting the Immune System Response of a 500 Year-Old Inca Mummy. PLoS One 7(7), e41244. Download the DNA data and ML phylogeny, download the proteomics data. Popular press coverage in ScienceNews and the New York Times.


Dumont, E.R.*, L.M. Dávalos*, A. Goldberg, S.E. Santana, K. Rex, and C.C. Voigt. 2012. Morphological innovation, diversification and the invasion of a new adaptive zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279(1734), 1797-1805. *Equally authored. Download the summary dated phylogeny. Popular press coverage in io9 and Nature.


Geeta, R., L.M. Dávalos, A. Levy, L. Bohs, M. Lavin, K. Mummenhoff, N. Sinha, M.F. Wojciechowski. 2012. Keeping it simple: Flowering plants tend to retain, and revert to, simple leaves. New Phytologist 193(2), 481-493.


Dávalos, L.M., A.C. Bejarano, M.A. Hall, H.L. Correa, A.P. Corthals, and O.J. Espejo. 2011. Forests and drugs: coca-driven deforestation in global biodiversity hotspots. Environmental Science and Technology 45(4), 1219–1227. Popular press coverage in Mongabay and the UK Guardian.


Dávalos, L.M.*, and A. L. Porzecanski*. 2009. Accounting for molecular stochasticity in systematic revisions: species limits and phylogeny of Paroaria. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53, 234-248. *Equally authored. Preprint.


Dávalos, L.M.*, A. C. Bejarano*, and H. L. Correa. 2009. Disabusing cocaine: Pervasive myths and enduring realities of a globalised commodity. International Journal of Drug Policy 20(5), 381-386. *Equally authored. Popular press coverage in Le Figaro.


Dávalos, L.M., and A. Corthals. 2008. A new species of Lonchophylla (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from the eastern Andes of northwestern South America. American Museum Novitates 3635, 1-16.


Dávalos, L.M., and S. L. Perkins. 2008. Saturation and base composition bias explain phylogenomic conflict in Plasmodium. Genomics 91(5), 433-442. Download the alignments.


Dávalos, L.M. 2007. Short-faced bats (Phyllostomidae: Stenodermatina): a Caribbean radiation of strict frugivores. Journal of Biogeography 34(2), 364-375. Popular press coverage at ScienceDaily.


Dávalos, L.M. 2006. The geography of diversification in the mormoopids (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 88(5), 101-118.


Ochman, H., and L.M. Dávalos. 2006. The nature and dynamics of bacterial genomes. Science 311(5768), 1730-1733.


Dávalos, L.M. 2005. Molecular phylogeny of Funnel-eared bats (Chiroptera: Natalidae), with notes on biogeography and conservation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37(1), 91-103.


Fjeldså, J., M.D. Álvarez, J.M. Lazcano, and B. León. 2005. Illicit Crops and Armed Conflict as Constraints on Biodiversity. Ambio 34: 205-211.


Carstens, B.C., J. Sullivan, L.M. Dávalos, P.A. Larsen, and S.C. Pedersen. 2004. Exploring population genetic structure in three species of Lesser Antillean bats. Molecular Ecology 13(9), 2557-2566.


Dávalos, L.M., and S.A. Jansa. 2004. Phylogeny of the Lonchophyllini (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Journal of Mammalogy 85(3), 404-413.


Dávalos, L.M. 2004. Phylogeny and biogeography of Caribbean mammals. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81(3), 373-394.


Dávalos, L.M. 2004. A new Chocoan species of Lonchophylla (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). American Museum Novitates 3426, 1-14.


Reddy, S., and L.M. Dávalos. 2003. Geographic sampling bias and its implications for conservation priorities in Africa. Journal of Biogeography 30(11), 1719-1727.


Dávalos, L.M., R. Sears, G. Raygorodetsky, B. Simmons, H. Cross, T. Grant, T. Barnes, L. Putzel, and A.L. Porzecanski. 2003. Regulating access to genetic resources: An analysis of selected case studies. Biodiversity and Conservation 12(7), 1511-1524.


Dávalos, L.M., and R. Eriksson. 2003. New and Noteworthy Records from Ten Jamaican Bat Caves. Caribbean Journal of Science 39(1), 140-144.


Álvarez, M.D. 2003. Forests in the time of violence: conservation implications of the Colombian war. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 16: 49-70.


Álvarez, M.D. 2002. Illicit crops and bird conservation priorities in Colombia. Conservation Biology 16: 1086-1096. Popular press coverage at Nature News.


Álvarez, M.D. 2001. Could peace be worse than war for Colombia's forests? The Environmentalist 21: 305-315.


Sears, R., L.M. Dávalos, and G. Ferraz. 2001. Missing the forest for the profits: The role of multinational corporations in the international forest regime. Journal of Environment and Development 10(4), 345-364.


Dávalos, L.M., and T. Brooks. 2001. Parc National La Visite, Haiti: a last refuge for the country's montane birds. Cotinga 16, 36-39.


Brooks, T., and L.M. Dávalos. 2001. The Birds of Île-à-Vache, Haiti. Caribbean Journal of Science 37(1-2), 112-115.


Dávalos, L.M. 2001. The San Lucas mountain range in Colombia: How much conservation is owed to the violence? Biodiversity and Conservation 10(1), 69-78. Popular press coverage at Polex.


Dávalos, L.M., and J. A. Guerrero. 1999. The bat fauna of Tambito, Colombia. Chiroptera Neotropical 5(1-2), 112-115.


Donegan, T., and L. Dávalos. 1999. Ornithological observations from Reserva Natural Tambito, Cauca, south-west Colombia. Cotinga 12, 48-55.


Salaman, P., L. Dávalos, and G. Kirwan 1998. The first breeding records of White-rimmed Brush-finch, Atlapetes leucopis, with ecological notes. Cotinga 9, 24-26.


Peer-reviewed Book Sections


Dávalos, L.M., and S. Turvey. 2012. West Indian mammals: The old, the new, and the recently extinct. Pp. 157-202 in Bones, Clones and Biomes: The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals. B. Patterson, and L.P. Costa (eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Download the West Indian mammal database (Updated March 2014). Read the volume review in the Guardian or the Journal of Mammalian Evolution.


Pinedo Vasquez, M., and L.M. Dávalos. 2011. The river-refuge hypothesis and other contributions of Márcio Ayres to conservation science. Pp. 317-324 in The Amazonian Varzea: The Decade Past and the Decade Ahead. M. Pinedo Vasquez, M. Ruffino, C. J. Padoch, and E. Brondizio (eds.). New York: Springer. Preprint.


Dávalos, L.M. 2010. Earth history and the evolution of Caribbean bats. Pp. 96-115 in Island bats: ecology, evolution, and conservation. Fleming, T.H., and P.A. Racey (eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Preprint. Download the summary dated phylogenies.


Álvarez, M.D. 2007. Environmental damage from illicit drug crops in Colombia. Pp. 133-147 in W. de Jong, D. Donovan, and K.-I. Abe, (eds.), Extreme conflict and tropical forests. Dordrecht: Springer.


Álvarez, M.D. 2003. Forests in the time of violence: conservation implications of the Colombian war. Pp. 49-70 in Price, S.V. (ed.), War and tropical forests: conservation in areas of armed conflict. Food Products Press: New York. Cross-published in journal.


Editor-reviewed Reports, Letters, Book Reviews, and Book Sections


Donegan, T., and Dávalos, L. 2012. An apparent hybrid Heliodoxa hummingbird from the West Andes of Colombia. Conservación Colombiana (17), 20-25.


Romero, C., L. Dávalos, M. Castro, D. Armenteras and J. García. 2010. El Callejón de los Milagros. Semana (1492) 4 December 2010. Magazine letter to the editor.


Dávalos, L.M., and A.C. Bejarano. 2008. Conservation in conflict: Illegal drugs versus habitat in the Americas. Pp. 218–225 in Fearn, E., (ed.), State of the Wild 2008–2009: A global portrait of wildlife, wildlands, and oceans. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.


Dávalos, L.M. 2005. Bats of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 41(4), 882-883.


Álvarez, M.D. 2005. Guerrillas in the midst. Conservation Biology 19(6), 2040-2043.


Álvarez, M.D. 2005. Colombia: the many faces of the war. ETFRN Newsletter 43/44, 63-65.


Dávalos, L.M., and R. Eriksson. 2004. Epicrates subflavus (Jamaican Boa). Foraging behavior. Herpetological Review 35(1), 66.


Álvarez, M.D. 2001. Serranía de San Lucas, Sur de Bolívar: ¿Habrá futuro?. ACODAL 194, 13-17.


Álvarez, M.D. 2001. Daños ambientales por cultivos ilícitos y procesamiento de drogas prohibidas en

Colombia. ACODAL 193, 7-16.


Álvarez, M.D. 2001. Forests under fire. North American Congress on Latin America [NACLA] Report

on the Americas 35(1), 29-34.


Dávalos, L.M. 2000. La perspectiva ambiental en la mesa de diálogo. El Tiempo (Bogotá) 1

September 2000.


Dávalos, L.M. 2000 . El Futuro de los bosques de Colombia: ¿será la paz peor que la guerra? El Tiempo (Bogotá) 21 August 2000.


Porzecanski, A.L., R. Sears, T. Grant, L. Putzel, L. Dávalos, T. Barnes, H. Cross, G.

Raygorodetsky, B. Simmons, and P. Chasek. 1999.  Access to Genetic Resources: An Evaluation of the Development and Implementation of Recent Regulation and Access Agreements. School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University Environmental Policy Studies Working Paper #4, 114 pp.


Salaman, P.G., T.M. Donegan, A.M. Cuervo, D.E. Davison and L. Dávalos. 1998. Birds- Aves. Colombian EBA Project Report Series, Colombia '98: expedition to Serranía de los Churumbelos 1, 17-21.