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Health Sciences profile

Dr Alana Alexander

PositionLecturer, Rutherford Discovery Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryConservation biology; genomics

Research

Alana is working in Professor Neil Gemmell’s Laboratory

Publications

Palmer, E., Alexander, A., Liggins, L., Guerra, M., Bury, S. J., Hendriks, H., … Peters, K. J. (2022). A piece of the puzzle: Analyses of recent strandings and historical records reveal new genetic and ecological insights on New Zealand sperm whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 690, 201-217. Retrieved from https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v690/p201-217/

Albertson, G. R., Alexander, A., Archer, F. I., Caballero, S., Martien, K. K., Hemery, L. G., … Baker, C. S. (2022). Worldwide phylogeography of rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) provides evidence for subspecies delimitation. Marine Mammal Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mms.12933

Pearman, W. S., Urban, L., & Alexander, A. (2022). Commonly used Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium filtering schemes impact population structure inferences using RADseq data. Molecular Ecology Resources. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13646

Girardet, J., Sarano, F., Richard, G., Tixier, P., Guinet, C., Alexander, A., … Jung, J.-L. (2022). Long distance runners in the marine realm: New insights into genetic diversity, kin relationships and social fidelity of Indian Ocean male sperm whales. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, 815684. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.815684

Miller, A. K., Timoshevskaya, N., Smith, J. J., Gillum, J., Sharif, S., Clarke, S., … Gemmell, N. J., & Alexander, A. (2022). Population genomics of New Zealand pouched lamprey (kanakana; piharau; Geotria australis). Journal of Heredity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esac014

Albertson, G. R., Alexander, A., Archer, F. I., Caballero, S., Martien, K. K., Hemery, L. G., … Baker, C. S. (2022). Worldwide phylogeography of rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) provides evidence for subspecies delimitation. Marine Mammal Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mms.12933

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Girardet, J., Sarano, F., Richard, G., Tixier, P., Guinet, C., Alexander, A., … Jung, J.-L. (2022). Long distance runners in the marine realm: New insights into genetic diversity, kin relationships and social fidelity of Indian Ocean male sperm whales. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, 815684. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.815684

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Miller, A. K., Timoshevskaya, N., Smith, J. J., Gillum, J., Sharif, S., Clarke, S., … Gemmell, N. J., & Alexander, A. (2022). Population genomics of New Zealand pouched lamprey (kanakana; piharau; Geotria australis). Journal of Heredity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esac014

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Palmer, E., Alexander, A., Liggins, L., Guerra, M., Bury, S. J., Hendriks, H., … Peters, K. J. (2022). A piece of the puzzle: Analyses of recent strandings and historical records reveal new genetic and ecological insights on New Zealand sperm whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 690, 201-217. Retrieved from https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v690/p201-217/

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Pearman, W. S., Urban, L., & Alexander, A. (2022). Commonly used Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium filtering schemes impact population structure inferences using RADseq data. Molecular Ecology Resources. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13646

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Baca, S. M., Gustafson, G. T., Alexander, A. M., Gough, H. M., & Toussaint, E. F. A. (2021). Integrative phylogenomics reveals a Permian origin of Adephaga beetles. Systematic Entomology, 46, 968-990. doi: 10.1111/syen.12506

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Foote, A. D., Hooper, R., Alexander, A., Baird, R. W., Baker, C. S., Ballance, L., … Morin, P. A. (2021). Runs of homozygosity in killer whale genomes provide a global record of demographic histories. Molecular Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mec.16137

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Miller, A. K., Baker, C., Kitson, J. C., Yick, J. L., Manquel, P. E. I., Alexander, A., & Gemmell, N. J. (2021). The Southern Hemisphere lampreys (Geotriidae and Mordaciidae). Reviews in Fish Biology & Fisheries, 31, 201-232. doi: 10.1007/s11160-021-09639-x

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Gustafson, G. T., Baca, S. M., Alexander, A. M., & Short, A. E. Z. (2020). Phylogenomic analysis of the beetle suborder Adephaga with comparison of tailored and generalized ultraconserved element probe performance. Systematic Entomology, 45, 552-570. doi: 10.1111/syen.12413

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Cole, T. L., Dutoit, L., Dussex, N., Hart, T., Alexander, A., Younger, J. L., … Ellenberg, U., … Mattern, T., … Waters, J. M. (2019). Receding ice drove parallel expansions in Southern Ocean penguins. PNAS, 116(52), 26690-26696. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1904048116

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Dobelmann, J., Alexander, A., Baty, J. W., Gemmell, N. J., Gruber, M. A. M., Quinn, O., … Lester, P. J. (2019). The association between mitochondrial genetic variation and reduced colony fitness in an invasive wasp. Molecular Ecology, 28, 3324-3338. doi: 10.1111/mec.15159

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Gustafson, G. T., Alexander, A., Sproul, J. S., Pflug, J. M., Maddison, D. R., & Short, A. E. Z. (2019). Ultraconserved element (UCE) probe set design: Base genome and initial design parameters critical for optimization. Ecology & Evolution, 9(12), 6933-6948. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5260

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Heimeier, D., Alexander, A., Hamner, R. M., Pichler, F., & Baker, C. S. (2018). The influence of selection on MHC DQA and DQB haplotypes in the endemic New Zealand Hector's and Māui Dolphins. Journal of Heredity, 109(7), 744-756. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esy050

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Morin, P. A., Foote, A. D., Baker, C. S., Hancock-Hanser, B. L., Kaschner, K., Mate, B. R., … Alexander, A. (2018). Demography or selection on linked cultural traits or genes? Investigating the driver of low mtDNA diversity in the sperm whale using complementary mitochondrial and nuclear genome analyses. Molecular Ecology, 27(11), 2604-2619. doi: 10.1111/mec.14698

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Alexander, A. M., Su, Y.-C., Oliveros, C. H., Olson, K. V., Travers, S. L., & Brown, R. M. (2017). Genomic data reveals potential for hybridization, introgression, and incomplete lineage sorting to confound phylogenetic relationships in an adaptive radiation of narrow-mouth frogs. Evolution, 71(2), 475-488. doi: 10.1111/evo.13133

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Baca, S. M., Alexander, A., Gustafson, G. T., & Short, A. E. Z. (2017). Ultraconserved elements show utility in phylogenetic inference of Adephaga (Coleoptera) and suggest paraphyly of ‘Hydradephaga’. Systematic Entomology, 42(4), 786-795. doi: 10.1111/syen.12244

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Campbell, L. P., & Alexander, A. M. (2017). Landscape genetics of Aedes mcintoshi (Diptera: Culicidae), an important vector of rift valley fever virus in Northeastern Kenya. Journal of Medical Entomology, 54(5), 1258-1265. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx072

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Chan, K. O., Alexander, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Su, Y.-C., Grismer, J. L., Quah, E. S. H., & Brown, R. M. (2017). Species delimitation with gene flow: A methodological comparison and population genomics approach to elucidate cryptic species boundaries in Malaysian Torrent Frogs. Molecular Ecology, 26(20), 5435-5450. doi: 10.1111/mec.14296

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Warren, W. C., Kuderna, L., Alexander, A., Catchen, J., Pérez-Silva, J. G., López-Otín, C., … Wise, Sr, J. P. (2017). The novel evolution of the sperm whale genome. Genome Biology & Evolution, 9(12), 3260-3264. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx187

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Alexander, A., Steel, D., Hoekzema, K., Mesnick, S. L., Engelhaupt, D., Kerr, I., … Baker, C. S. (2016). What influences the worldwide genetic structure of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)? Molecular Ecology, 25(12), 2754-2772. doi: 10.1111/mec.13638

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Grismer, J. L., Schulte II, J. A., Alexander, A., Wagner, P., Travers, S. L., Buehler, M. D., … Brown, R. M. (2016). The Eurasian invasion: Phylogenomic data reveal multiple Southeast Asian origins for Indian Dragon Lizards. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16, 43. doi: 10.1186/s12862-016-0611-6

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King, C., Alexander, A., Chubb, T., Cursons, R., Mackay, J., McCormick, H., … Veale, A., & Zhang, H. (2016). What can the geographic distribution of mtDNA haplotypes tell us about the invasion of New Zealand by house mice Mus musculus? Biological Invasions, 18, 1551-1565. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1100-y

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Carroll, E. L., Rayment, W. J., Alexander, A. M., Baker, C. S., Patenaude, N. J., Steel, D., … Childerhouse, S. (2014). Reestablishment of former wintering grounds by New Zealand southern right whales. Marine Mammal Science, 30(1), 206-220. doi: 10.1111/mms.12031

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Alexander, A., Steel, D., Slikas, B., Hoekzema, K., Carraher, C., Parks, M., … Baker, C. S. (2013). Low diversity in the mitogenome of sperm whales revealed by Next-Generation Sequencing. Genome Biology & Evolution, 5(1), 113-129. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evs126

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MacKay, J. W. B., Alexander, A., Hauber, M. E., Murphy, E. C., & Clout, M. N. (2013). Does genetic variation among invasive house mice in New Zealand affect eradication success? New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 37(1), 18-25.

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Carroll, E. L., Childerhouse, S. J., Christie, M., Lavery, S., Patenaude, N., Alexander, A., … Baker, C. S. (2012). Paternity assignment and demographic closure in the New Zealand southern right whale. Molecular Ecology, 21(16), 3960-3973. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05676.x

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Carroll, E., Patenaude, N., Alexander, A., Steel, D., Harcourt, R., Childerhouse, S., … Baker, C. S. (2011). Population structure and individual movement of southern right whales around New Zealand and Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 432, 257-268. doi: 10.3354/meps09145

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Alexander, A., & Dutoit, L. (2020). Roe deer on ice: Selection despite limited effective population size through the Pleistocene. Molecular Ecology, 29, 2765-2767. doi: 10.1111/mec.15511

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Morin, P. A., Alexander, A., Blaxter, M., Caballero, S., Fedrigo, O., Fontaine, M. C., … Jarvis, E. D. (2020). Building genomic infrastructure: Sequencing platinum-standard reference-quality genomes of all cetacean species. Marine Mammal Science, 36, 1356-1366. doi: 10.1111/mms.12721

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Al-Jiab, R. A., Gillum, J., Alexander, A., Tompkins, D. M., Phillips, C. B., Dearden, P. K., & Gemmell, N. J. (2019). The complete mitogenome sequence of the agricultural pest, clover root weevil: The key to its own demise? [Mitogenome announcement]. Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 4(1), 878-879. doi: 10.1080/23802359.2018.1561218

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