Post Docs

Michael R. McGowen, Ph. D.

University of California, Riverside

Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2010

San Diego State University

M.S., Biology, 2005

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Integrative Biology, 1999

Research Interests

Cetacean systematics and evolution

Mammalian evolutionary genomics

Molecular evolution of the mammalian brain

Evolution of mammalian galectins


Boddy, A., McGowen, M. R., Sherwood, C. C., Grossman, L. I., Goodman, M., Wildman, D. E. 2012. Phylogenetic analysis reveals relaxed constraints on anthropoid primate and cetacean brain:body mass allometry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 803-1001.

Dornburg, A., M. C. Brandley, M. R. McGowen, T. J. Near. 2012. Relaxed clocks and inferences of heterogeneous patterns of nucleotide substitution and divergence time estimates across whales and dolphins (Mammalia:Cetacea). Molecular Biology and Evolution 29, 721-736.

Than, N. G., Romero, R., Kim, C. J., McGowen, M. R., Papp, Z., Wildman, D. E. 2011. Galectins: sounding the alarm at the maternal fetal interface. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism 23, 23-31.

McGowen, M. R. 2011. Toward the resolution of an explosive radiation—a multilocus phylogeny of oceanic dolphins (Delphinidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60, 345-357.

Geisler, J. H., McGowen, M. R., Yang, G., Gatesy, J. In press. A supermatrix analysis of genomic, morphological, and paleontological data from crown Cetacea. BMC Evolutionary Biology

McGowen, M. R., Montgomery, S. H., Clark, C., Gatesy, J. In press. Phylogeny and adaptive evolution of the brain-development gene microcephalin (MCPH1) in cetaceans. BMC Evolutionary Biology

McGowen, M. R., M. Spaulding, and J. Gatesy. 2009. Divergence date estimation and a comprehensive molecular tree of extant cetaceans. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 891-906.

Ayoub, N. A., M. R. McGowen, C. Clark, M. Springer, and J. Gatesy. 2009. Evolution and phylogenetic utility of the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (MC1R) in Cetartiodactyla. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52:560-567.

McGowen, M. R., C. Clark, and J. Gatesy. 2008. The vestigial olfactory receptor subgenome of odontocete whales: phylogenetic congruence between gene-tree reconciliation and supermatrix methods. Systematic Biology 57:574-590.

Kim, S. C., M. R. McGowen, P. Lubinsky, J. C. Barber, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2008. Timing and tempo of early and successive adaptive radiations in Macaronesia. PLoS ONE 3:e2139.

Deméré, T. A., M. R. McGowen, A. Berta, and J. Gatesy. 2008. Morphological and molecular evidence for a stepwise evolutionary transition from teeth to baleen in mysticete whales. Systematic Biology 57:15-37.

Deméré, T. A., A. Berta, and M. R. McGowen. 2005. The taxonomic and evolutionary history of fossil and modern balaenopterid mysticetes. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 12:99-143.

McGowen M. R., K. Padian, M. A. De Sosa, and R. J. Harmon. 2002. Description of Montanazhdarcho minor, an azhdarchid pterosaur from the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian) of Montana. Paleobios 22:1–9.

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