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An asterix (*) indicates a Weir Lab paper involving field research in a country outside of Canada and the USA for which we are grateful to have a local collaborator as a co-author.

Topic Key

Genomic Data 🧬 Trait Evolution Latitudinal Gradients 🌎
Hybridization Bird Song Phylogenetics / Population Genetics
Reproductive Isolation λ Amazonian 🌳 Diversification Rates μ

Example Publications that Characterize the Lab's Focus


Anderson, S. A. S. & J. T. Weir. 2021. Character displacement drives trait divergence in a continental fauna. PNAS. 118:e2021209118. 🌎 🌳

*Pulido-Santacruz, P., A. Alexio, J. T. Weir. 2020. Genomic data reveal a protracted window of introgression during the diversification of a Neotropical woodcreeper radiation. Evolution. 74:842-846. 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article

Luzuriaga-Aveiga, V., J. T. Weir. 2019. Elevational differentiation accelerates trait evolution but not speciation rates in Amazonian birds. Ecology Letters. 22: 624-633. 🌳 μ

*Barrera-Guzman, A. O., A. Aleixo, M. D. Shawkey, J. T. Weir. 2018. Hybrid speciation leads to novel male secondary sexual ornamentation of an Amazonian bird. PNAS. 115: E218-E225. 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article | New York Times. | "As it happens" podcast interview. Go to minute 19 of part 1. | CBC (well written news article). | ScienceNOW | Folha de S.Paola (Portuguese) |

*Weir, J. W., O. Haddrath, H. A. Robertson, R. M. Colbourne, A. J. Baker. 2016. Explosive ice age diversification in kiwi. PNAS. 113:E5580-E5587. 🧬 μ
Online Article |

*Weir, J.T., M.S. Faccio, P. Pulido-Santacruz, A. Barrera-Guzman & A. Aleixo. 2015. Hybridization in headwater regions, and the role of rivers as drivers of speciation in Amazonian birds. Evolution. 69:1823-1834. 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article | Proofs Reprint


2022


*Bemmels, J. B., O. Haddrath, R. M. Colbourne, H. A. Robertson, J. T. Weir. 2022. Legacy of supervolcanic eruptions on populatio genetic structure of brown kiwi. Current Biology Provisionally accepted. 🧬

*Alfredo, B., A. Aleixo, F. Maya, S. Dantas, & J. T. Weir. 2022. Gene flow, genomic homogenization and the timeline to speciation in Amazonian manakins. Mol. Ecol. Accepted. 🧬 🌳 λ

Lujan, N. K., J. E. Colm, J. T. Weir, F. A. Montgomery, B. P. Noonan, N. R. Lovejoy, N. E. Mandrak. 2022. Genomic population structure of Grass Pickerel (Esox americanus vermiculatus) in Canada: Managment guidance for an at-risk fish at its northern range limit. Conservation Genetics. Accepted. 🧬

2021


Anderson, S. A. S. & J. T. Weir. 2021. Character displacement drives trait divergence in a continental fauna. PNAS. 118:e2021209118. 🌎 🌳 Online Article

*Bemmels, J. B., E. K. Mikkelsen, O. Haddrath, R. M. Colbourne, H. A. Robertson, J. T. Weir. 2021. Demographic decline and lineage-specific adaptations characterize New Zealand kiwi. Proc. R. Soc. B. 288: 20212362. 🧬

Bemmels, J. B.*, A. C. Bramwell*, S. A. S. Anderson, V. E. Luzuriaga-Aveiga, E. K. Mikkelsen, & J. T. Weir. 2021. Geographic contact drives increased reproductive isolation in two cryptic Empidonax flycatchers. Molecular Ecology. 30:4833-4844. (*these authors contributed equally) λ 🧬 Online Article

*Luzuriaga-Aveiga, V., M. Ugarte-Lewis & J. T. Weir. 2021. Distinguishing genomic homogenization from parapatric speciation in an elevationally replacing pair of Ramphocelus tanagers. Molecular Ecology. 30: 5517-5529. λ 🌳 🧬 Online Article

Scoffield, P., J. R. Wood, L. De Nascimento, H. A. Robertson, R. M. Colbourne, V. L. De Pietri, J. Innes & J. T. Weir. 2021. Identification of the type locality of the South Island Brown Kiwi Apteryx australis. Conservation Genetics. Published online. 🧬 Online Article

Elmore, J.A., et al.. 2021. Correlates of bird collisions with buildings across three North American countries. Conservation Biology. In press.
Online Article | Audobon Press Coverage

2020


*Cronemberger, A. A., A. Alexio, E. Mikkelsen & J. T. Weir. 2020. Postzygotic isolation drives genomic speciation between highly cryptic Hypocnemis anitbirds from Amazonia. Evolution. 74: 2512-2525. 🧬 λ 🌳 | Online Article


Anderson, S. A. & J. T. Weir. 2020. A comparative test for divergent adaptation: inferring speciation drivers from functional trait divergence. American Naturalist. 196: 429-442. 🌎
Online Article | Press Release |


*Pulido-Santacruz, P., A. Alexio, J. T. Weir. 2020. Genomic data reveal a protracted window of introgression during the diversification of a Neotropical woodcreeper radiation. Evolution. 74:842-846. 🧬 λ 🌳 | Online Article | featured in a Digest article


Mikkelsen, E. & J. T. Weir. 2020. The genome of the Xingu Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis vidua nigrigula) reveals lineage-specific adaptations. Genomics. 112: 4552-4560. 🧬 🌳 | Online Article


Feng, S., et al.. 2020. Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics. Nature. 587: 252-257. 🧬 Online Article

FitzGerald, A., J. Weir, D. Whitaker, J. Ralston, I. Warkentin, J. Kirchman. 2020. Genetic structure and biogeographic history of the Bicknell's Thrush/Gray-cheeked Thrush species complex. Auk. 137:1-20. 🧬 | Online Article

Lujan, N. K., J. T. Weir, B. P. Noonan, N. R. Lovejoy, N. E. Mandrak. 2020. Is Niagara Falls a barrier to gene flow in riverine fishes? A test using genome-wide SNP data from seven native species. Molecular Ecology. 29: 1235-1249. 🧬 | Online Article | featured in ScienDaily

Myrka, AM. K., T. Shah, J. T. Weir, K. C. Welch. 2020. No signature of selection on the C-terminal region of glucose transporter 2 with the evolution of avian nectarivory. Avian Research. 11: 1-11.


2019


Weir, J. T., T. D. Price. 2019. Song playbacks demonstrate slower evolution of song discrimination in Amazonia than in birds from temperate North America. PLOS Biology. 17: e3000478. λ 🌳 🌎
Open Access Online Article | UTSC Press Release | EurekAlert Press |


Luzuriaga-Aveiga, V., J. T. Weir. 2019. Elevational differentiation accelerates trait evolution but not speciation rates in Amazonian birds. Ecology Letters. 22: 624-633. μ
Online Article


2018


*Pulido-Santacruz, P, A. Aleixo, J. T. Weir. 2018. Morphologically cryptic Amazonian bird species pairs exhibit strong post-zygotic reproductive isolation. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172081 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article | Proofs Reprint | featured in Avian Hybrids blog

*Barrera-Guzman, A. O., A. Aleixo, M. D. Shawkey, J. T. Weir. 2018. Hybrid speciation leads to novel male secondary sexual ornamentation of an Amazonian bird. PNAS. 115: E218-E225 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article | Proofs Reprint | New York Times. | "As it happens" podcast interview. Go to minute 19 of part 1. | CBC (well written news article). | ScienceNOW | Folha de S.Paola (Portuguese) |

*Barrera-Guzman, A. O., A. Aleixo, M. D. Shawkey, J. T. Weir. 2018. Reply to Rosenthal et al.: Both premating and postmating isolation likely contributed to manakin hybrid speciation. PNAS. 115: E4146-E4147. λ
Open Access Online Article

J. T. Weir. 2018. Description of the song of the Nilgiri thrush (Zoothera [aurea] neilgherriensis) and song differentiation across the Zoothera dauma species complex. Avian Research. 9:28.
Reprint

Ramon-Laca, A., D. J. White, J. T. Weir, H. A. Robertson. 2018. Extraction of DNA from capitivity sourced faeces and moulted feathers provides a novel method for conservation management of New Zealand kiwi (Apteryx spp.). Ecology and Evolution. 8: 3119-3130.
Open Access Online Article


2017


Cooney, C. R., J. A. Tobias, J. T. Weir, C. A. Botero, & N. Seddon. 2017. Sexual selection, speciation, and constraints on geographical range overlap in birds. Ecology Letters. 20:863-871.
Online Article | Author's Post Print

Gyug, L & Weir, J. T. 2017. American avocet breeding habitat, behaviour and use of nesting platforms at Kelowna, British Columbia. British Columbia Birds. 17: 13-17. Open Access Online Article Proofs Reprint

Gyug, L & Weir, J. T. 2017. American avocet and black-necked stilt breeding status and population trends at Kelowna, British Columbia, 1997-2015. British Columbia Birds. 17: 2-12. Open Access Online Article Proofs Reprint

Hager, S. B., et al.. 2017. Continent-wide analysis of how urbanization affects bird-window collision mortality in North America. Biological Conservation. 212A:209-215 Reprint

2016


*Weir, J. T., O. Haddrath, H. A. Robertson, R. M. Colbourne, A. J. Baker. 2016. Explosive ice age diversification in kiwi. PNAS. 113:E5580-E5587. 🧬 μ
Open Access Online Article


Pulido-Santacruz, P. & J. T. Weir. 2016. Extinction as a driver of avian latitudinal diversity gradients. Evolution. 70:860-872. 🌎 μ
Online Article Proofs Reprint

Germain, R., J. T. Weir, & B. Gilbert. 2016. Species coexistence: macroevolutionary relationships and the contingency of historical interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 283: 20160047.
Online Article | Proofs Reprint

2015


*Weir, J.T., M.S. Faccio, P. Pulido-Santacruz, A. Barrera-Guzman & A. Aleixo. 2015. Hybridization in headwater regions, and the role of rivers as drivers of speciation in Amazonian birds. Evolution. 69:1823-1834. 🧬 λ 🌳
Online Article Proofs Reprint

Weir, J.T. & A. Lawson. 2015. Evolutionary rates across gradients. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 1278-1286. 🌎
Open Access Online Article Proofs Reprint | Accompanying R Package: EvoRAG 2.0

Rowe, M., T. Albrecht, E.R.A.Cramer, A. Johnsen, T. Laskemoen, J.T. Weir & J.T. Lifjeld. 2015. Postcopulatory sexual selection is associated with accelerated evolution of sperm morphology. Evolution. 69: 1044-1052. λ
Online Article Accepted Article

2014


Lawson, A. & J.T. Weir. 2014. Latitudinal gradients in climatic niche evolution accelerate trait evolution at high latitudes. Ecology Letters. 17:1427-1436. λ 🌎
Reprint

Olivier, L. & J.T. Weir. 2014. SimRAD: an R package for simulation-based prediction of the number of loci expected in RADseq and similar genotyping by sequencing approaches. Molecular Ecology Resources. Molecular Ecology Resources. 14: 1314-1321. 🧬
Online Article | Accompanying R Package: SimRAD

Kennedy, J. D., Z. Wang, J.T. Weir, C. Rahbek, J. Fjeldså, T. D. Price. 2014. Into and out of the tropics: the generation of the latitudinal gradient among New World passerine birds. Journal of Biogeography. 41: 1746-1757. 🌎 μ
Online Article

Weir, J. T. 2014. Environmental harshness, latitude and incipient speciation. Molecular Ecology. 23: 251-253. 🌎 μ
Online Article

2013


Weir, J. T. & S. Mursleen. 2013. Diversity dependent cladogenesis and trait evolution in the adaptive radiation of the auks (Aves: Alcidae). Evolution. 67: 403-416. μ
Reprint

Seddon, N., C. A. Botero, J. A. Tobias, P. O. Dunn, H. E. A. MacGregor, D. R. Rubenstein, J. A. C. Uy, J. T. Weir, L. A. Whittingham, and R. J. Safran. 2013. Sexual selection accelerates signal evolution during speciation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 280:20131065 λ
Online Article

Bloom, D. D., J. T. Weir, K. R. Piller, N. R. Lovejoy. 2013. Do freshwater fishes diversify faster than marine fishes? A test using state-dependent diversification analyses and molecular phylogenetics of New World silversides (Atherinopsidae). Evolution. 67: 2040-2057. 🌳 μ
Online Article

Desantis, L., Brendan, D., Weir, J.T., Boonstra, R. 2013. Mediating free glucocorticoid levels in the blood of vertebrates: Are corticosteroid-binding proteins always necessary? Functional Ecology. 27: 107-119. Online PDF

2012


Weir, J. T., D. Wheatcroft, & T. Price. 2012. The role of ecological constraint in driving the evolution of avian song frequency across a latitudinal gradient. Evolution. 66: 2773-2783. λ 🌎
Reprint

Kennedy, J. D., J. T. Weir, D. M. Hooper, D. T. Tietze, J. Martens, & T. D. Price. 2012. Ecological limits on diversification of the Himalayan core Corvoidea. Evolution. 66: 2599-613. μ
Reprint

2011


Weir, J. T. & D. Wheatcroft. 2011. A latitudinal gradient in rates of evolution of avian syllable diversity and song length. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 278:1713-1720. λ 🌎
Reprint

Weir, J. T. & T. Price. 2011. Limits to speciation inferred from times to secondary sympatry and ages of hybridizing species along a latitudinal gradient. American Naturalist. 177:462-469. λ μ 🌎
Reprint

Weir, J. T. & M. Price. 2011. Andean uplift promotes lowland speciation through vicariance and dispersal in Dendrocincla woodcreepers. Molecular Ecology. 20: 4550-4563. 🌳
Reprint

Chaves, J. A., J. T. Weir, & T. B. Smith. 2011. Diversification in Adelomyia hummingbirds follows Andean uplift. Molecular Ecology. 20: 4564-4576.
Reprint

Weir, J. T. & D. Schluter. 2011. Are rates of molecular evolution in mammals substantially accelerated in warmer environments? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 278:1291-1293. 🌎
Reprint

Miller, M. J., J. T. Weir, G. R. Angehr, P. Guitton, & E. Bermingham. 2011. An ornithological survey of Pinas Bay, a site on the Pacific coast of Darien Province, Panama. Boletin SAO. 20.
Reprint

2010


Harmon, L. J., J. B. Losos, T. J. Davies, R. G. Gillespie, J. L. Gittleman, W. B. Jennings, K. H. Kozak, M. A. McPeek, F. Moreno-Roark, T. J. Near, A. Purvis, R. E. Ricklefs, D. Schluter, J. A. Schulte II, O. Seehausen, B. L. Sidlauskas, O. Torres-Carvajal, J. T. Weir, & A. Ø. Mooers. 2010. Early bursts of body size and shape evolution are rare in comparative data. Evolution. 64: 2385-2396.
Reprint

2009


*Weir, J. T., E. Bermingham & D. Schluter. 2009. The Great American Biotic Interchange in birds. PNAS. 106: 21737-21742. 🌎
Reprint | Support Online Material (22 MB)

Weir, J. T. 2009. Implications of genetic differentiation in Neotropical montane forest birds. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 96: 410-433.
Reprint

2008


Weir, J. T. & D. Schluter. 2008. Calibrating the avian molecular clock. Molecular Ecology. 17: 2321-2328.
Reprint | Published online dataset of clock calibrations | Supporting Online Methods | Addendum | BEAST tips

*Weir, J. T., E. Bermingham, M. J. Miller, J. Klicka & M. A. González. 2008. Phylogeography of a morphologically diverse Neotropical montane species, the Common Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus ophthalmicus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 47: 650-664.
Reprint

Harmon, L. J., J. T. Weir, C. D. Brock, R. E. Glor & W. Challenger.2008. GEIGER: investigating evolutionary radiations. Bioinformatics. 24: 129-131.
Reprint | Accompanying R Package: geiger

Miller, M.J., Bermingham, E., Klicka, J., Escalante, P. Raposo do Amaral, F.S., Weir, J.T., & Winker, K. 2008. Out of Amazonia again and again: Episodic crossing of the Andes promotes diversification in a lowland forest flycatcher. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 275: 1133-1142. 🌳
Reprint

2007


Weir, J. T. & D. Schluter. 2007. The latitudinal gradient in recent speciation and extinction rates of birds and mammals. Science. 315: 1574-1576. 🌎 μ
Reprint | ScienceNOW | Nature News | Why Files | New Scientist | Supplement | Comment and response | More comment and response | F1000 (Article Factor = 12)

2006


Weir, J. T. 2006. Divergent timing and patterns of species accumulation in lowland and highland neotropical birds. Evolution. 60: 842-855. 🌳 μ
Reprint | Support Online Figures

Before 2005


Weir, J. T. & D. Schluter. 2004. Ice sheets promote speciation in boreal birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. 271: 1881-1887. μ
Reprint | Natural History Samplings | TREE Update

Weir, J. 1999a. The breeding biology of an American avocet colony in British Columbia. British Columbia Birds. 7: 3-7. (Documents the breeding biology of the first discovered colony of the species in British Columbia at Alki Lake, Kelowna)

Weir, J. 1999b. A west coast record of a juvenile boreal owl. British Columbia Birds. 7: 11-12. (Breeding record at Garibaldi Provincial Park represents the first breeding record for coastal British Columbia and the fifth record for the province)