Scientific Articles & Datasets

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Combs, M., K.A. Byers, B.M. Ghersi, M.J. Blum, A. Caccone, F. Costa, C.G. Himsworth, J.L. Richardson, and J. Munshi-South. 2018. Urban rat races: spatial population genomics of brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) compared across multiple cities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0245 HTMLPDF.

Puckett, E.E., and J. Munshi-South. 2018. Brown rat demography reveals pre-commensal structure in eastern Asia prior to expansion into Southeast Asia during the Song dynasty. BioRxiv 

Puckett, E.E., O. Micci-Smith*, and J. Munshi-South. 2018. Genomic analyses identify multiple Asian origins and deeply diverged mitochondrial clades in inbred brown rats (Rattus norvegicus). Evolutionary Applications 11(5):718-726. doi:10.1111/eva.12572. HTML, PDF. *undergrad coauthor

Angley*, L.P., M. Combs, C. Firth, M.J. Frye, I. Lipkin, J.L. Richardson, and J. Munshi-South. 2018. Spatial variation in the parasite communities and genomic structure of rats in New York City. Zoonoses and Public Health 65(1):e113-e123. HTML, PDF. *undergrad coauthor


Johnson, M.T.J., and J. Munshi-South. 2017. Evolution of life in urban environments. Science 358(6363):eaam8327. HTML, PDF.

Combs, M., E.E. Puckett, J. Richardson, D. Mims*, and J. Munshi-South. 2017. Spatial population genomics of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) in New York City. Molecular Ecology doi:10.1111/mec.14437. HTML, PDF. *undergrad coauthor

Harris, S.E., and J. Munshi-South. 2017. Signatures of positive selection and local adaptation to urbanization in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Molecular Ecology 26:6336-6350. doi:10.1111/mec.14369. HTMLPDF.

Garcia-Elfring, A., R.D.H. BarrettM. CombsT.J. DaviesJ. Munshi-Southand V. Millien. 2017. Admixture on the northern front: population genomics of range expansion in the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and secondary contact with the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). Heredity doi:10.1038/hdy.2017.57. HTMLPDF.

Izuogu, A.O., K.L. McNally, S.E. Harris, B.H. Youseff, J.B. Presloid, C. Burlak, J. Munshi-South, S.M. Best, and R.T. Taylor. 2017. Interferon signaling in Peromyscus leucopus confers a potent and specific restriction to vector-borne flaviviruses. PLOS One 12(6):e0179781. HTML, PDF.

Parsons, M.H., P.B. Banks, M.A. Deutsch, R.F. Corrigan, and J. Munshi-South. 2017. Trends in urban rat ecology: a framework to define the prevailing knowledge gaps and incentives for academia, pest management professionals (PMPs) and public health agencies to participate. Journal of Urban Ecology 3(1):jux005. HTML, PDF.

Yu, A*., J. Munshi-South, and E.J. Sargis. 2017. Morphological differentiation in white-footed mouse (Mammalia: Rodentia: Cricetidae: Peromyscus leucopus) populations from the New York City metropolitan area. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 58(1):3-16. HTMLPDF. *undergrad author

Alter, S.E., J. Munshi-South, and M.L.J. Stiassny. 2017. Genomewide SNP data reveal cryptic phylogeographic structure and microallopatric divergence in a rapids-adapted clade of cichlids from the Congo River. Molecular Ecology 26(5): 1401-1419. HTMLPDF*Highlighted in Science Daily and Science.

Fusco, N., A. Zhao*, and J. Munshi-South. 2017. Urban forests sustain diverse carrion beetle assemblages in the New York City metropolitan area. PeerJ 5:e3088 HTML, PDF. *undergrad author

Munshi-South, J., and J.R. Richardson. 2017. Peromyscus transcriptomics: understanding adaptation and gene expression plasticity within and between species of deer mice. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 61:131-139.  HTML, PDF.


Puckett, E.E., J. Park, M. Combs, M.J. Blum, J.E. Bryant, A. Caccone, F. Costa, E. Deinum, A. Esther, C.G. Himsworth, P. Keightley, A. Ko, A. Lundkvist, L.M. McElhinney, S. Morand, J. Robins, J. Russell, T.M. Strand, O. Suarez, L.  Yon, and J. Munshi-South. 2016. Global population divergence and admixture of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20161762 DOI:10.1098/rspb.2016.1762 HTML, PDF. *Highlighted in New York Times

Harris, S.E., A.T. Xue, D. Alvarado-Serrano, J.T. Boehm, T. Joseph, M.J. Hickerson, and J. Munshi-South. 2016. Urbanization shapes the demographic history of a native rodent (the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus) in New York City. Biology Letters 

J. Munshi-South, C.P. Zolnik, and S.E. Harris. 2016. Population genomics of the Anthropocene: urbanization is negatively associated with genome-wide variation in white-footed mouse populations. Evolutionary Applications 9(4):546-564. DOI:10.1111/eva.12357 . NCBI SRA data, Dryad dataHTML, PDF.


NESCent Working Group on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, Martin, L.J., … (J. Munshi-South one of 23 middle authors) …, and R.R. Dunn. 2015. Evolution of the indoor biome. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(4):223-232. HTML, PDF.

Harris, S.E., R. O’Neill, and J. Munshi-South. 2015. Transcriptome resources for the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus): new genomic tools for investigating ecologically divergent urban and rural populations. Molecular Ecology Resources 15(2):382-394. Dryad data, HTML, PDF.


Munshi-South, J., and C. Nagy. 2014. Urban park characteristics, genetic variation, and historical demography of white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) populations in New York City. PeerJ 2:e310. figshare dataHTMLPDF.

Franks, S.J, and J. Munshi-South. 2014. Go forth, evolve and prosper: the genetic basis of adaptive evolution in an invasive species. Molecular Ecology 23(9):2137-2140. HTML, PDF.

Tanner, C.J., F.R. Adler, N.B. Grimm, P.M. Groffman, S.A. Levin, J. Munshi-South, D.E. Pataki, M. Pavao-Zuckerman, and W.G. Wilson. 2014. Urban ecology: advancing science and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(10):574-581. HTML, PDF.


Harris, S.E., J. Munshi-South, C. Obergfell, & R. O’Neill. 2013. Signatures of rapid evolution in urban and rural transcriptomes of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in the New York metropolitan area. PLOS One 8(8): e74938. Dryad data, HTML, PDF.

Munshi-South, J., Y. Zak, & Ellen Pehek. 2013. Conservation genetics of extremely isolated urban populations of the Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) in New York City. PeerJ 1:e64. Dryad data, HTMLPDF.


Munshi-South, J. 2012. Urban landscape genetics: canopy cover predicts gene flow between white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) populations in New York City. Molecular Ecology 21(6): 1360-1378.  Dryad data, PDF.


Munshi-South, J. 2011. Relatedness and demography of African forest elephants: inferences from noninvasive fecal DNA analyses. Journal of Heredity 102(4): 391-398. Dryad dataPDF.

Munshi-South, J., and H. Bernard. 2011. Genetic diversity and distinctiveness of the proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) of the Klias Peninsula, Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Heredity 102(3): 342-346. Dryad dataPDF.


Munshi-South, J., and K. Kharchenko. 2010. Rapid, pervasive genetic differentiation of urban white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) populations in New York City. Molecular Ecology 19: 4242-4254. Dryad dataPDF.

Munshi-South, J., and G. S. Wilkinson. 2010. Bats and birds: Exceptional longevity despite high metabolic rates. Ageing Research Reviews 9: 12-19. PDF


Munshi-South, J., L. Tchignoumba, J. Brown, N. Abbondanza, J. E. Maldonado, A. Henderson, and A. Alfonso. 2008. Physiological indicators of stress in African forest elephants (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) in relation to petroleum operations in Gabon, Central Africa. Diversity & Distributions 14(6): 993-1001. PDF

Munshi-South, J. 2008. Female-biased dispersal and gene flow in a behaviorally monogamous mammal, the large treeshrew (Tupaia tana). PLoS ONE 3(9): e3228. PDF


Munshi-South, J. 2007. Extra-pair paternity and the evolution of testis size in a behaviorally monogamous tropical mammal, the large treeshrew (Tupaia tana). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 201-212. PDF

Munshi-South, J., L. H. Emmons, and H. Bernard. 2007. Behavioral monogamy and fruit availability in the large treeshrew, Tupaia tana, in Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Mammalogy 88(6): 1427-1438. PDF


Munshi-South, J. 2006. Asocial Monogamy, Extra-pair paternity, and Dispersal in the Large Treeshrew, Tupaia tana. Ph.D. Dissertation: University of Maryland, College Park. PDF

Munshi-South, J., and G. S. Wilkinson. 2006. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Bornean treeshrews (Tupaia spp.) Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 698-699. PDF

Munshi-South, J., and G. S. Wilkinson. 2006. Diet influences life span in parrots (Order: Psittaciformes). Auk 123(1):108-118. PDF

2005 and Before

Munshi-South, J. 2005. Boiga dendrophila (Mangrove Snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 36(2):188.

South, J. M., and T. F. Wright. 2002. Nestling sex ratios in the Yellow-naped Amazon: no evidence for adaptive modification. Condor 104:437-440. PDF

Wilkinson, G. S., and J. M. South. 2002. Life history, ecology and longevity in bats. Aging Cell 1:124-131. PDF

South, J. M., and S. Pruett-Jones. 2000. Patterns of flock size, diet, and vigilance of naturalized Monk Parakeets in Hyde Park, Chicago. Condor 102:848-854. PDF