2016 (+ in press)

DaCosta, J.M. & M.D. Sorenson. 2016. ddRAD-seq phylogenetics based on nucleotide, indel, and presence-absence polymorphisms: analyses of two avian genera with contrasting histories. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94: 122-135.


Wilder A.P., T.H. Kunz & M.D. Sorenson. 2015. Population genetic structure of a common host predicts the spread of white-nose syndrome, an emerging infectious disease in bats. Molecular Ecology 24: 5495-5506.

Lavretsky P., J.M. DaCosta, B.E. Hernández-Baños, A. Engilis, Jr., M.D. Sorenson & J.L. Peters. 2015. Speciation genomics and a role for the Z chromosome in the early stages of divergence between Mexican ducks and mallards. Molecular Ecology 24: 5364-5378.

Ebel, E.R., J.M. DaCosta, M.D. Sorenson, R.I. Hill, A.D. Briscoe, K.R. Willmott & S.P. Mullen. 2015. Rapid diversification associated with ecological specialization in Neotropical Adelpha butterflies. Molecular Ecology 24: 2392-2405.


DaCosta, J.M. & M.D. Sorenson. 2014. Amplification biases and consistent recovery of loci in a double-digest RAD-seq protocol. PLoS One 9: e106713.

DaCosta, J.M. & M.D. Sorenson. 2014. An experimental test of host song mimicry as a species recognition cue in brood parasitic indigobirds (Vidua spp.). The Auk: Ornithological Advances 131: 549-558.


Spottiswoode, C.N., K.F. Stryjewski, S. Quader, J.F.R. Colebrook-Robjent & M.D. Sorenson. 2011. Ancient host specificity within a single species of brood parasitic bird. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 43: 17738-17742.

Sorenson, M.D. & J.M. DaCosta. 2011. Genotyping HapSTR loci: phase determination from direct sequencing of PCR products. Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 1068-1075.

Turmelle, A.S., T.H. Kunz & M.D. Sorenson. 2011. A tale of two genomes: Contrasting patterns of phylogeographic structure in a widely distributed bat. Molecular Ecology 20: 357-375.

Culumber, Z.W., H.S. Fisher, M. Tobler, M. Mateos, P.H. Barber, M.D. Sorenson & G.G. Rosenthal.2011. Replicated hybrid zones of Xiphophorus swordtails along an elevational gradient. Molecular Ecology 20: 342-356.


Mertl, A.L., M.D. Sorenson & J.F.A. Traniello. 2010. Community-level interactions and functional ecology of major workers in the hyperdiverse ground-foraging Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Amazonian Ecuador. Insectes Sociaux 57: 441-452.

Sorenson, M.D., M.E. Hauber & S.R. Derrickson. 2010. Sexual imprinting misguides species recognition in a facultative interspecific brood parasite. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 277: 3079-3085.

McCracken, K.G., C.P. Barger & M.D. Sorenson. 2010. Phylogenetic and structural analysis of the HbA (aA/bA) and HbD (aD/bA) hemoglobin genes in two high-altitude waterfowl from the Himalayas and the Andes: bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) and Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 649-658.

Bulgarella, M., M.D. Sorenson, J.L. Peters, R.E. Wilson & K.G. McCracken. 2010. Phylogenetic relationships of Amazonetta, Speculanas, Lophonetta, and Tachyeres: four morphologically divergent duck genera endemic to South America. Journal of Avian Biology 41: 186-199.


McCracken, K.G., C.P. Barger, M. Bulgarella, K.P. Johnson, S.A. Sonsthagen, J. Trucco, T.H. Valqui, R.E. Wilson, K. Winker & M.D. Sorenson. 2009. Parallel evolution in the major hemoglobin genes of eight species of Andean waterfowl. Molecular Ecology 18: 3992–4005.

Krüger, O., M.D. Sorenson & N.B. Davies. 2009. Does coevolution promote species richness in parasitic cuckoos? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 276: 3871-3879.

Njabo, K.Y. & M.D. Sorenson. 2009. Origin of the endangered Bannerman’s turaco in relation to historical climate change and the distribution of Podocarpus forests. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 80: 1-7.

Campbell, B.C., P.B. Gray, D.T.A. Eisenberg, P. Ellison & M.D. Sorenson. 2009. Androgen receptor CAG repeats and body composition among Ariaal men. International Journal of Andrology 32: 140-148.

Balakrishnan, C.N., K.M. Sefc & M.D. Sorenson. 2009. Incomplete reproductive isolation following host shift in brood parasitic indigobirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 276: 219-228.


Harrigan, R.J., M.E. Mazza & M.D. Sorenson. 2008. Computation versus cloning: evaluation of two methods for haplotype determination. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1239-1248.

Muñoz-Fuentes, V., A.J. Green & M.D. Sorenson. 2008. Comparing the genetics of wild and captive populations of white-headed ducks Oxyura leucocephala: consequences for recovery programmes. Ibis 150: 807-815.

Njabo, K.Y., R.C.K. Bowie & M.D. Sorenson. 2008. Phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomy of the African wattle-eyes (Aves: Passeriformes: Platysteiridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 136-149.

D.T.A. Eisenberg, B. Campbell, P.B. Gray & M.D. Sorenson. 2008. Dopamine receptor genetic polymorphisms and body composition in undernourished pastoralists: An exploration of nutrition indices among nomadic and recently settled Ariaal men of northern Kenya. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8: 173.

J.W. Brown, J.S. Rest, J. García-Moreno, M.D. Sorenson & D.P. Mindell. 2008. Strong mitochondrial DNA support for a Cretaceous origin of modern avian lineages. BMC Biology 6: 6.


Chilton, G. & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Genetic identification of eggs purportedly from the extinct Labrador duck. The Auk 124: 962-968.

Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Single base errors in PCR products from avian museum specimens. Conservation Genetics 8: 879-884.

Krüger, O., N.B. Davies & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. The evolution of sexual dimorphism in parasitic cuckoos: sexual selection or coevolution? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 274: 1553-1560.

Brennan, P.L.R., R.O. Prum, K.G. McCracken, M.D. Sorenson, R.E. Wilson & T.R. Birkhead. 2007. Coevolution of male and female genital morphology in waterfowl. PLoS ONE 2: e418.

Payne, R.B. & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Integrative systematics at the species level: plumage, songs and molecular phylogeny of quailfinches Ortygospiza. Bulletin of the British Ornithological Club 127: 4-26.

Muñoz-Fuentes, V., C Vilà, A.J. Green, J.J. Negro & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Hybridization between white-headed ducks and introduced ruddy ducks in Spain. Molecular Ecology 16: 629-628.

Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Genetic differentiation after founder events: an evaluation of FST estimators with empirical and simulated data. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9: 21-39.

Balakrishnan, C.N. & M.D. Sorenson. 2007. Dispersal ecology versus host specialization as determinants of ectoparasite distribution in brood parasitic indigobirds and their estrildid finch hosts. Molecular Ecology 16: 217-229.


Muñoz-Fuentes, V., A. J. Green, M. D. Sorenson, J. J. Negro & C. Vilà. 2006. The ruddy duck Oxyura jamaicensis in Europe: natural colonisation or human introduction? Molecular Ecology 15: 441-1454.

Balakrishnan, C.N. & M.D. Sorenson. 2006. Song discrimination suggests premating isolation among sympatric indigobird species and host races. Behavioral Ecology 17: 473-478.

Barlow, C.R., R.B. Payne, L.L. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2006. Sierra Leone prinia Schistolais leontica in the Fouta Djalon of Guinea, its song, distribution and taxonomic status. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 13: 45-48.


Muñoz-Fuentes, V., A.J. Green, J.J. Negro & M.D. Sorenson. 2005. Population structure and loss of genetic diversity in the endangered white-headed duck, Oxyura leucocephala. Conservation Genetics 6: 999-1015.

Kulikova, I.V., S.V. Drovetski, D.D. Gibson, R.J. Harrigan, S. Rohwer, M.D. Sorenson, K. Winker, Y.N. Zhuravlev & K.G. McCracken. 2005. Phylogeography of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): hybridization, dispersal, and lineage sorting contribute to complex geographic structure. The Auk 122: 949-965.

Sorenson, M.D. & R.B. Payne. 2005. Molecular systematics: cuckoo phylogeny inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Pp. 68-94 in R.B. Payne. Bird Families of the World: Cuckoos. Oxford University Press.

Edwards, S.V., S.B. Kingan, J.D. Calkins, C.N. Balakrishnan, W.B. Jennings, W.J. Swanson & M.D. Sorenson. 2005. Speciation in birds: genes, geography, and sexual selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 102: 6550-6557.

Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2005. Genetic continuity of brood parasitic indigobird species. Molecular Ecology 14: 1407-1419.

McCracken, K.G. & M.D. Sorenson. 2005. Is homoplasy or lineage sorting the source of incongruent mtDNA and nuclear gene trees in the stiff-tailed ducks (Nomonyx-Oxyura)? Systematic Biology 54: 35-55.

Payne, R.B., C.R. Barlow, C.N. Balakrishnan & M.D. Sorenson. 2005. Song mimicry of black-bellied firefinch Lagonosticta rara and other finches by brood-parasitic indigobirds Vidua camerunensis in West Africa. The Ibis 147: 130-143.


Cracraft, J., F.K. Barker, M. Braun, J. Harshman, G.J. Dyke, J. Feinstein, S. Stanley, A. Cibois, P. Schikler, P. Beresford, J. García-Moreno, M.D. Sorenson, T. Yuri & D.P. Mindell. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships among modern birds (Neornithes): toward an avian tree of life. In J. Cracraft and M. J. Donoghue, eds. Assembling the Tree of Life. Oxford University Press, New York.

Sorenson, M.D., C.N. Balakrishnan & R.B. Payne. 2004. Clade-limited colonization in brood parasitic finches (Vidua spp.). Systematic Biology 53: 140-153.

Payne, R.B. & M.D. Sorenson. 2004. Behavioral and genetic identification of a hybrid Vidua: maternal origin and mate choice in a brood-parasitic finch. The Auk 121: 156-161.


Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2003. Microsatellite amplification from museum feather samples: the effects of fragment size and template concentration on genotyping errors. The Auk 120: 982-989.

Ramon, M.L., P.S. Lobel & M.D. Sorenson. 2003. Lack of mitochondrial genetic structure in hamlets (Hypoplectrus spp.): recent speciation or ongoing hybridization? Molecular Ecology 12: 2975-1980.

Payne, R.B. & M.D. Sorenson. 2003. Museum collections as sources of genetic data. In G. Rheinwald, ed. Bird Collections in Europe: the Challenge of Mutual Cooperation. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 51 (2002): 97-104.

Sorenson, M.D., E. Oneal, J. García-Moreno & D.P. Mindell. 2003. More taxa, more characters: the hoatzin problem is still unresolved. Molecular Biology and Evolution 20: 1484-1499.

Sorenson, M.D., K.M. Sefc & R.B. Payne. 2003. Speciation by host switch in brood parasitic indigobirds. Nature 424: 928-931. SupplInfo Figures, additional images, and sound files

Garcia-Moreno, J., M.D. Sorenson & D.P. Mindell. 2003. Congruent avian phylogenies inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Journal of Molecular Evolution 57: 27-37.

Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of African sunbird-like warblers: Moho Hypergerus atriceps, Green Hylia Hylia prasina and Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae. The Ostrich 74: 8-17.

Balakrishnan, C.N., S.L. Monfort, A. Gaur, L. Singh & M.D. Sorenson. 2003. Phylogeography and conservation genetics of Eld's Deer (Cervus eldi). Molecular Ecology 12: 1-10.


Sorenson, M.D. & R.B. Payne. 2002. Molecular genetic perspectives on avian brood parasitism. Integrative and Comparative Biology 142: 388-400.

Payne, R.B., K. Hustler, R. Sternstedt, K.M. Sefc & M.D. Sorenson. 2002. Behavioural and genetic evidence of a recent population switch to a novel host species in brood parasitic indigobirds Vidua chalybeata. The Ibis 144: 373-383.

Arnold, T.W., M.G. Anderson, M.D. Sorenson & R.B. Emery. 2002. Survival and philopatry of female redheads breeding in southwestern Manitoba. Journal of Wildlife Management 66: 162-169.

Paxinos, E.E., H.F. James, S.L. Olson, M.D. Sorenson, J. Jackson & R.C. Fleischer. 2002. MtDNA from fossils reveals a radiation of Hawaiian geese recently derived from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis). Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 99: 1399-1404.


Sorenson, M.D. & R.B. Payne. 2001. A single, ancient origin of obligate brood parasitism in African finches: implications for host-parasite coevolution. Evolution 55: 2550-2567.

Sefc, K.M., R.B. Payne & M.D. Sorenson. 2001. Characterization of microsatellite loci in village indigobirds Vidua chalybeata and cross-species amplification in estrildid and ploceid finches. Molecular Ecology Notes 1: 252-254.


Cao, Y., M.D. Sorenson, Y. Kumazawa, D.P. Mindell & M. Hasegawa. 2000. Phylogenetic position of turtles among amniotes: evidence from mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Gene 259: 139-148.

Gibbs, H.L., M.D. Sorenson, K. Marchetti, M.L. Brooke, N. B. Davies & H. Nakamura. 2000. Genetic evidence for female host races of the common cuckoo. Nature 407: 183-186.

McCracken, K.G., J. Harshman, M.D. Sorenson & K.P. Johnson. 2000. Are ruddy ducks and white-headed ducks the same species? British Birds 93: 394-398.

Johnson, K.P., F. McKinney, R. Wilson & M.D. Sorenson. 2000. The evolution of post-copulatory displays in dabbling ducks (Anatini): a phylogenetic perspective. Animal Behaviour 59: 953-963.

Payne, R.B., L.L. Payne, J.L. Woods & M.D. Sorenson. 2000. Imprinting and the origin of parasite-host species associations in brood parasitic indigobirds Vidua chalybeata. Animal Behaviour 59: 69-81.


Sorenson, M.D., A. Cooper, E. Paxinos, T.W. Quinn, H.F. James, S.L. Olson & R.C. Fleischer. 1999. Relationships of the extinct moa-nalos, flightless Hawaiian waterfowl, based on ancient DNA. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 266: 2187-2194.

Sorenson, M.D., J.C. Ast, D.E. Dimcheff, T. Yuri & D.P. Mindell. 1999. Primers for a PCR-based approach to mitochondrial genome sequencing in birds and other vertebrates. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12: 105-114.

Johnson, K.J. & M.D. Sorenson. 1999. Phylogeny and biogeography of the dabbling ducks (Genus: Anas): A comparison of molecular and morphological evidence. The Auk 116: 792-805.

Johnson, K.J., F. McKinney & M.D. Sorenson. 1999. Phylogenetic constraint on male parental care in the dabbling ducks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 266: 759-763.

Mindell, D.P., M.D. Sorenson, D.E. Dimcheff, M. Hasegawa & T. Yuri. 1999. Interordinal relationships of birds and other reptiles based on whole mitochondrial genomes. Systematic Biology 48: 138-152.


Mindell, D.P., M.D. Sorenson & D.E. Dimcheff. 1998. An extra nucleotide is not translated in mitochondrial ND3 of some birds and turtles. Molecular Biology and Evolution 15: 1568-1571.

Mindell, D.P., M.D. Sorenson & D.E. Dimcheff. 1998. Multiple independent origins of mitochondrial gene order in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 95: 10693-10697.

Johnson, K.J. & M.D. Sorenson. 1998. Comparing molecular evolution in two mitochondrial protein coding genes (Cytochrome b and ND2) in the dabbling ducks (Tribe: Anatini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 10: 82-94.

Sorenson, M.D. 1998. Patterns of parasitic egg laying and typical nesting in redhead and canvasback ducks. Pp. 357-375 in: Parasitic birds and their hosts (Ed. by S.I. Rothstein & S.K. Robinson). Oxford University Press: New York.

Sorenson, M.D. & T.W. Quinn. 1998. Numts: A challenge for avian systematics and population biology. The Auk 115: 214-221. DATA


Young, H.G., M.D. Sorenson & K.J. Johnson. 1997. A description of the Madagascar teal Anas bernieri and examination of relationships with the grey teal A. gracilis. Wildfowl 48: 174-180.

Worthy, T.H., R.N. Holdaway, M.D. Sorenson & A.C. Cooper. 1997. Description of the first complete skeleton of Cnemiornis calcitrans Owen, (Aves: Anatidae), and a reassessment of the relationships of Cnemiornis. Journal of Zoology (London) 243: 695-723.

Mindell, D.P., M.D. Sorenson, C. J. Huddleston, H. Miranda, A. Knight, S. J. Sawchuk & T. Yuri. 1997. Phylogenetic relationships among and within select avian orders based on mitochondrial DNA. Pp. 213-247 in: Avian Molecular Evolution and Systematics (Ed. by D. P. Mindell). Academic Press: New York.

Sorenson, M.D. 1997. Effects of intra- and interspecific brood parasitism on a precocial host, the canvasback, Aythya valisineria. Behavioral Ecology 8:153-161.


Sorenson, M.D. & R.C. Fleischer. 1996. Multiple independent transpositions of mitochondrial DNA control region sequences to the nucleus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 93:15239-15243.

Cooper, A., J.M. Rhymer, H.F. James, S.L. Olson, C.E. McIntosh, M.D. Sorenson & R.C. Fleischer. 1996. Conservation management of island endemics using ancient DNA. Nature 381: 484.


Arnold, T.W., M.G. Anderson, R.B. Emery, M.D. Sorenson & C. de Sobrino. 1995. The effect of late-incubation body mass on reproductive success of canvasbacks and redheads. The Condor 97: 953-962.

Sorenson, M.D. 1995. Evidence of conspecific nest parasitism and egg discrimination in the sora. The Condor 97: 819-821.

Arnold, T.W., M.D. Sorenson & J.J. Rotella. 1993. Relative success of overwater and upland mallard nests in southwestern Manitoba. Journal of Wildlife Management 57: 578-581.

Sorenson, M.D. 1993. Parasitic egg laying in canvasbacks: frequency, success and individual behavior. The Auk 110: 57-69.

Sorenson, M.D. 1992. Comment: Why is conspecific nest parasitism more common in waterfowl than in other birds? Canadian Journal of Zoology 70: 1856-1858.

Sorenson, M.D. 1991. The functional significance of parasitic egg laying and typical nesting in redhead ducks: an analysis of individual behaviour. Animal Behaviour 42: 771-796.

Sorenson, M.D. 1990. Parasitic egg laying in redhead and canvasback ducks. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Minnesota: Minneapolis.

Sorenson, M.D. 1989. Effects of neck-collar radio transmitters on female redhead ducks. Journal of Field Ornithology 60: 523-528.

Arnold, T.W. & M.D. Sorenson. 1988. A record early season for marsh-breeding birds in southwestern Manitoba. The Blue Jay 46: 133-135.

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