Daniel Moen, Assistant ProfessorMacroevolution, phylogenetic comparative biology, morphology and performance, herpetology
Ph.D., 2012, Stony Brook University
Office: LSW 516/517
My research generally centers on studies of ecology and evolution using phylogenetic comparative biology. I conduct fieldwork, collect museum data, and use phylogenies as tools to address questions of diversification, phenotypic evolution, and community ecology, using amphibians and reptiles as study organisms. Three specific themes will be addressed in the lab: (1) the evolution of phenotypic and species diversity in communities of amphibians and reptiles (primarily frogs), using morphological, ecological, biogeographic, and phylogenetic data; (2) the evolution of the relationships among ecology, functional morphology, and performance (e.g. jumping, swimming) in frogs from around the world, based on data from museum specimens and fieldwork (both local and international); and (3) the development and use of phylogenetic, comparative, and statistical methods.
- Moen, D. S., and H. Morlon. 2014. From dinosaurs to modern bird diversity: Extending the time-scale of adaptive radiation. PLoS Biology. 12:e1001854.
- Moen, D. S., and H. Morlon. 2014. Why does diversification slow down? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:190–197.
- Moen, D. S., D. J. Irschick, and J. J. Wiens. 2013. Evolutionary conservatism and convergence both lead to striking similarity in ecology, morphology, and performance across continents in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280:20132156.
- Wiens, J. J., R. A. Pyron, and D. S. Moen. 2011. Phylogenetic origins of local-scale diversity patterns and the causes of Amazonian megadiversity. Ecology Letters 14:643–652.
- Wiens, J. J., C. A. Kuczynski, X. Hua, and D. S. Moen. 2010. An expanded phylogeny of treefrogs (Hylidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55:871–882.
- Moen, D. S., S. A. Smith, and J. J. Wiens. 2009. Community assembly through evolutionary diversification and dispersal in Middle American treefrogs. Evolution 63:3228–3247.
- Moen, D. S., and J. J. Wiens. 2009. Phylogenetic evidence for competitively driven divergence: body-size evolution in Caribbean treefrogs (Hylidae: Osteopilus). Evolution 63:195–214.