Daniel Moen, Associate Professor

Macroevolution, phylogenetic comparative biology, morphology and performance, herpetology

Ph.D., 2012, Stony Brook University

Office: LSW 516/517

Email: daniel.moen@okstate.edu 

Lab website

Specific Interests

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.


Selected Publications (full list here)

  • Moen, D. S., E. Cabrera-Guzmán, I. W. Caviedes-Solis, E. González-Bernal, and A. R. Hanna. 2022. Phylogenetic analysis of adaptation in comparative physiology and biomechanics: overview and a case study of thermal physiology in treefrogs. Journal of Experimental Biology. Accepted for the 2022 special issue "Building New Paradigms in Comparative Physiology and Biomechanics" (accepted 6 November 2021; available upon request).
  • Moen, D. S. 2022. Improving inference and avoiding over-interpretation of hidden-state diversification models: specialized plant breeding has no effect on diversification in frogs. Evolution. In press. doi:10.1111/evo.14406.
  • Moen, D. S., R. N. Ravelojaona, C. R. Hutter, and J. J. Wiens. 2021. Testing for adaptive radiation: a new approach applied to Madagascar frogs. Evolution 75:3008–3025.
  • Kasoju, V. T., D. S. Moen, M. P. Ford, T. T. Ngo, and A. Santhanakrishnan. 2021. Interspecific variation in bristle number on forewings of tiny insects does not influence clap-and-fling aerodynamics. Journal of Experimental Biology 224:jeb239798.
  • Mendoza, E., E. Azizi, and D. S. Moen. 2020. What explains vast differences in jumping power within a clade? Diversity, ecology, and evolution of anuran jumping power. Functional Ecology 34:1053–1063.
  • Juarez, B. H., D. S. Moen, and D. C. Adams. 2020. A morphological method to approximate jumping performance in anurans for macroevolutionary studies. Evolutionary Biology 47:260–271.
  • Moen, D. S. 2019. What determines the distinct morphology of species with a particular ecology? The roles of many-to-one mapping and trade-offs in the evolution of frog ecomorphology and performance. American Naturalist 194:E81–E95.
  • Moen, D. S., and J. J. Wiens. 2017. Microhabitat and climatic niche change explain patterns of diversification among frog families. American Naturalist 190:29–44.
  • Moen, D. S., H. Morlon, and J. J. Wiens. 2016. Testing convergence versus history: convergence dominates phenotypic evolution for over 150 million years in frogs. Systematic Biology 65:146–160.
  • 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.