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DeCandia, A. L., C. S. Henger, A. Krause, L. J. Gormezano, M. Weckel, C. Nagy, J. Munshi-South, and B. M. VonHoldt. 2018. Genetics of urban colonization: neutral and adaptive variation in coyotes (Canis latrans) inhabiting the New York metropolitan area. Journal of Urban Ecology 5(1) DOI 10.1093/jue/juz002 HTML, PDF.

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.

Parsons, M. H., P.B. Banks, M.A. Deutsch, and J. Munshi-South. Temporal and Space-Use Changes by Rats in Response to Predation by Feral Cats in an Urban Ecosystem. 2018. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:146 DOI:10.3389/fevo.2018.00146 HTML, PDF.

Aloisio, J. M., B. Johnson, J.D. Lewis, J.A. Clark, J. Munshi-South, S.-J. Roberts, D. Wasserman, J. Heimlich, and K. Tingley. 2018. Pre-college urban ecology research mentoring: Promoting broader participation in the field of ecology for an urban future. Journal of Urban Ecology 4(1):juy023 HTML, PDF.

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

Rivkin, L. R., J.S. Santangelo, M. Alberti, M.F. Aronson, C.W. de Keyzer, S.E. Diamond, M. Fortin, L.J. Frazee, A.J. Gorton, A.P. Hendry, Y. Liu, J.B. Losos, J.S. MacIvor, R.A. Martin, M.J. McDonnell, L.S. Miles, J. Munshi-South, R.W. Ness, A.E. Newman, M.R. Stothart, P. Theodorou, K.A. Thompson, B.C. Verrelli, A. Whitehead, K.M. Winchell, and M.T. Johnson. 2018. A roadmap for urban evolutionary ecology. Evolutionary Applications DOI:10.1111/eva.12734 HTML, PDF.


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