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PhD Allan McDevitt

My research interests mainly cover the disciplines of phylogeography and landscape genetics. I am particularly interested in how historical and contemporary processes affect genetic structuring in mammalian species. My PhD and subsequent postdoctoral position in Ireland focused on the colonization history of two Irish mammals, the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) and red deer (Cervus elaphus) using a suite of molecular markers. After completing these projects, I moved to Calgary, Canada for two years to focus on landscape genetics of two large herbivores, caribou (Rangifer tarandus) and elk (C. elaphus). These projects are combining extensive spatial data with population genetics to understand the underlying effects of landscape features (both natural and human-mediated) on fine scale genetic structure. My current research in Bialowieza will be focused on the phylogeography of weasels (Mustela nivalis) in Eastern Europe and landscape genetics of field voles (Microtus agrestis) in Poland.

Publications:
McDevitt AD, Vega R, Rambau RV, Yannic G, Herman JS, Hayden TJ, Searle JB (in press) Colonization of Ireland: revisiting ‘the pygmy shrew syndrome’ using mitochondrial, Y chromosomal and microsatellite markers. Heredity.

McDevitt AD, Katjoch L, Mazgajski TD, Carden RF, Coscia I, Osthoff C, Coombes RH, Wilson F (in press) The origins of great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) colonizing Ireland revealed by mitochondrial DNA. Bird Study.

McDevitt AD, O’Toole P, Edwards CJ, Carden RF (in press) Landscape genetics of red deer (Cervus elaphus, L. 1758) in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Irish Naturalists’ Journal.

McDevitt AD, Yannic G, Rambau RV, Hayden TJ, Searle JB (2010) Postglacial recolonization of continental Europe by the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) inferred from mitochondrial and Y chromosomal DNA sequences. In: Habel JC, Assmann T (eds) Relict Species – Phylogeography and Conservation Biology, pp. 217-236. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.

Searle JB, Kotlík P, Rambau RV, Marková S, Herman JS, McDevitt AD (2009) The Celtic fringe of Britain: insights from small mammal phylogeography. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 276: 4287-4294.

McDevitt AD, Rambau RV, O’Brien J, McDevitt CD, Hayden TJ, Searle JB (2009) Genetic variation in Irish pygmy shrews Sorex minutus (Soricomorpha: Soricidae): implications for colonization history. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 918-927.

McDevitt AD, Edwards CJ, O’Toole P, O’Sullivan P, O’Reilly C, Carden RF (2009) Genetic structure of, and hybridisation between, red (Cervus elaphus) and sika (Cervus nippon) deer in Ireland. Mammalian Biology 74: 263-273.

McDevitt AD, Mariani S, Hebblewhite M, DeCesare NJ, Morgantini L, Seip D, Weckworth BV, Musiani M (2009) Survival in the Rockies of an endangered hybrid swarm from diverged caribou (Rangifer tarandus) lineages. Molecular Ecology 18: 665-679.

e-mail: amcdevitt@zbs.bialowieza.pl, amcdev@gmail.com
Copyright © 2010 Bioconsus, This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and
demonstration under grant agreement No 245737.
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