2017 (+ in press)

Gomes ACR, Funghi C, Soma M, Sorenson MD, Cardoso GC (2017) Multi-modal signalling in estrildid finches: song, dance and colour are associated with different ecological and life history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30, 1336–1346.


Gomes ACR, Sorenson MD, Cardoso GC (2016) Speciation is associated with changing ornamentation rather than increased sexual selection. Evolution 70, 2823-2838.

Peters JL, Lavretsky P, DaCosta JM, Bielefeld RR, Feddersen JC, Sorenson MD (2016) Genomic data delineate conservation units in mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula). Biological Conservation 203, 272-281.

Fossøy F, Sorenson MD, Liang W, Ekrem T, Moksnes A, Møller AP, Rutila J, Røskaft E, Takasu F, Yang C, Stokke BG (2016) Ancient origin and maternal inheritance of blue cuckoo eggs. Nature Communications 7, 10272.

DaCosta JM, Sorenson MD (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.


Pauli M, Chakarov N, Rupp O, Kalinowski J, Goesmann A, Sorenson MD, Krüger O, Hoffman JI (2015) De novo assembly of the dual transcriptomes of a polymorphic raptor species and its malarial parasite. BMC Genomics 16, 1038.

Wilder AP, Kunz TH, Sorenson MD (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, DaCosta JM, Hernández-Baños BE, Engili A, Sorenson MD, Peters JL (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 ER, DaCosta JM, Sorenson MD, Hill RI, Briscoe AD, Willmott KR, Mullen SP (2015) Rapid diversification associated with ecological specialization in Neotropical Adelpha butterflies. Molecular Ecology 24, 2392-2405.


DaCosta JM, Sorenson MD (2014) Amplification biases and consistent recovery of loci in a double-digest RAD-seq protocol. PLoS One 9, e106713.

DaCosta JM, Sorenson MD (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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