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Peer-reviewed Articles

Wright, N. A., D. Steadman, & C. C. Witt. 2016. Predictable evolution toward flightlessness in volant island birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1522931113, (pdf + supplement), National Geographic Phenomenon Blog story by Ed Yong, Complete Altmetrics report here, including links to coverage by 13 news outlets and 4 blogs.

Suh, A., C. C. Witt, J. Menger, K. R. Sadanandan, L. Podsiadlowski, M. Gerth, A. Weigert, J. A. McGuire, J. Mudge, S. V. Edwards, & F. E. Rheindt. 2016. Ancient horizontal transfers of retrotransposons between birds and ancestors of human pathogenic nematodes. Nature Communications, Nature Communications 7: 11396. (html full text) (pdf + supplement) (Twitter buzz) (News coverage from Phys.org). Complete Altmetrics report here, including links to coverage by >11 news outlets.

Benham, P. M., & C. C. Witt. 2016. The dual role of Andean topography in primary divergence: functional and neutral variation among populations of the hummingbird, Metallura tyrianthina. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:22, doi: 10.1186/s12862-016-0595-2. (pdf)

Galen, S. C.*, C. Natarajan*, H. Moriyama, R. E. Weber, A. Fago, P. M. Benham, A. N. Chavez, Z. A. Cheviron, J. F. Storz**, & C. C. Witt**. 2015. Contribution of a mutational hotspot to hemoglobin adaptation in high-altitude Andean house wrens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1507300112. */**Equal contributions. (pdf including supplement) (commentary in PNAS by Stolzfus & McCandlish) (press release from UNL via phys.org) (press release from UNM)

Baumann, M. J., E. J. Beckman, E. Bautista, & C. C. Witt. 2015. Long-distance dispersal of a sedentary Andean flycatcher species with a narrow ecoclimatic niche, Ochthoeca piurae (Aves: Tyrannidae). Checklist 11(6):1795. (doi) (pdf)

Beckman, E. J., & C. C. Witt. 2015. Phylogeny and biogeography of the New World siskins and goldfinches: rapid, recent radiation in the Central Andes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 87:28-45. (abstract) (pdf)

Benham, P. M., A. M. Cuervo, J. A. McGuire, & C. C. Witt. 2015. Biogeography of the Andean metaltail hummingbirds: contrasting evolutionary histories of treeline and habitat-generalist clades. Journal of Biogeography, 42:763-777, doi:10.1111/jbi.12452 (pdf)

Carriker, C. R., C. M. Mermier, T. A. VanDusseldorp, K. E. Johnson, N. M. Beltz, R. A. Vaughan, N. H. Cole, C. C. Witt, & A. L. Gibson. 2015. Effect of acute dietary nitrate consumption on oxygen consumption during submaximal exercise in hypobaric hypoxia. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, in press. (PubMed abstract)

Opazo, J. C., F. G. Hoffmann, C. Natarajan, C. C. Witt, M. Berenbrink, J. F. Storz. 2014. Gene turnover in the avian globin gene families and evolutionary changes in hemoglobin isoform expression. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi:10.1093/molbev/msu341 (pdf + supplement) (link to article on journal's page)

DuBay, S. G., & C. C. Witt. 2014. Differential high-altitude adaptation and limited gene flow between elevational replacement species of Andean tit-tyrant flycatchers. Molecular Ecology 23:3551–3565. (doi link) (pdf)

Jones, M. R., & C. C. Witt. 2014. Migrate small, sound big: Functional constraints on body size promote tracheal elongation in cranes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27:1256–1264. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12397 (pdf with supplement) (Journal cover with Sandhill Crane photo by Bert Pearlman) (Albuquerque Journal article by John Fleck)

sandhill crane cover JEB

Baumann, M. J., N. D. Pederson, S. C. Galen, & C. C. Witt. 2014. Simple technique for distinguishing Yellow-bellied Flycatchers from Cordilleran and Pacific-slope flycatchers. Journal of Field Ornithology 85:391-396. (pdf) (doi link) (Field Museum blog post by Josh Engel)

Rocha, L. A., [120 additional authors], & C. C. Witt. 2014. Specimen collection: an essential tool. Science, 344:814:815. (pdf) (California Academy of Sciences press release) (University of Michigan press release) (related blog article by Kevin Winker)

McGuire, J. A., C. C. Witt, J. V. Remsen, Jr., A. Corl, D. L. Rabosky, D. L. Altshuler, R. Dudley. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics and diversification of the hummingbirds. Current Biology, 24:910-916. (1.8 MB pdf of main paper only) (21.8 MB pdf including supplement) (link to article at Cell Press) (UC-Berkeley Press Release) (Reuters article with sicklebill photo) (Scientific American article by Ed Yong) (Nature Magazine article with sicklebill photo) (Christian Science Monitor article) (Livescience article) (Guardian article by GrrlScientist)

Galen, S. C., & C. C. Witt. 2014. Diverse avian malaria and other haemosporidian parasites in Andean house wrens: evidence for regional co-diversification by host-switching. Journal of Avian Biology, 45:374-386. (Online version at journal site) (pdf of article plus supplement)

Wright, N. A., T. R. Gregory, & C. C. Witt. 2014. Metabolic ‘engines’ of flight drive genome size reduction in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281(1779). (complete pdf, incl. supplement) (Early electonic edition at Royal Society) (News coverage at Earth Times) (News coverage at Phys.org) (News coverage at Technology.org) (Press release at UNM Newsroom) (Picture of authors on UNM Homepage)

Cheviron, Z. A., C. Natarajan, J. Projecto-Garcia, D. K. Eddy, J. Jones, M. D. Carling, C. C. Witt, H. Moriyama, R. E. Weber, A. Fago, & J. Storz. 2014. Integrating evolutionary and functional analyses to test hypotheses about molecular adaptation: A case study of altitudinal differentiation in hemoglobin function in an Andean sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:2948-2962. (pdf including supplements)

Projecto-Garcia, J.*, C. Natarajan*, H. Moriyama, A. Fago, R. Weber, Z. A. Cheviron, R. Dudley, J. A. McGuire, C. C. Witt**, and J. F. Storz**. 2013. Repeated elevational transitions in hemoglobin function during the evolution of Andean hummingbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 110:20669-20674. doi:10.1073/pnas.1315456110. */**Equal contributions. (pdf including supplements) (News article in Christian Science Monitor) (News article in The Guardian)

Dickerman, R. W., S. M. McNew, & C. C. Witt. 2013. Long-distance movement in the "Dusky" Great Horned Owl and current limits to phylogeography for establishing provenance. Western North American Naturalist 73(4):401-408. (pdf) (link to journal)

Yuri, T., R. T. Kimball, J. Harshman, R. C. K. Bowie, M. J. Braun, J. L. Chojnowski, K.-L. Han, S. J. Hackett, C. J. Huddleston, W. S. Moore, S. Reddy, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Steadman, C. C. Witt, E. L. Braun. 2013. Parsimony and model-based analyses of indels in avian nuclear genes reveal congruent and incongruent phylogenetic signals. Biology 2:419-444. (pdf) (link to open access article)

Schmitt, C. J., T. Valqui, and C. C. Witt. 2013. The expanding known range of Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) in the Andes. Boletín de la Unión de Ornitólogos del Perú (UNOP), 8(2):37-45. (pdf) (link to open access journal page)

Baumann, M. J., S. M. McNew, & C. C. Witt. 2013. Morphological and molecular evidence confirm the first definitive eastern White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) for New Mexico. Western Birds 44:90-97. (pdf)

Schmitt, C. J., D. C. Schmitt, J. Tiravanti C., F. Angulo P., I. Franke, L. Pollack, & C. C. Witt. 2013. Avifauna of a relict Podocarpus forest in the Cachil Valley, Northwest Peru. Cotinga, 35:15-23. (pdf)

Witt, C. C., and R. W. Dickerman. 2012. Differential migration by sex in North American Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus). Western Birds, 43:36-47. (pdf)

DuBay, S. G., and C. C. Witt. 2012. An improved phylogeny of the Andean tit-tyrants (Aves, Tyrannidae): more characters trump sophisticated analyses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64:285-296. (link) (pdf)

Sibly, R. M., C. C. Witt, N. A. Wright, C. Venditti, W. Jetz, and J. H. Brown. 2012. Energetics, lifestyle, and reproduction in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109:10937-10941. (link) (pdf & supp. info) (Commentary by F. Stephen Dobson in PNAS) (News article in UNM Today)

Jones, M. R., and C. C. Witt. 2012. Vocal formant spacing reveals subspecies composition of non-breeding Sandhill Crane populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:47–53. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.110 (link) (pdf)

Johnson, A. B., S. M. McNew, M. S. Graus, and C. C. Witt. 2011. Mitochondrial DNA and meteorological data suggest a Caribbean origin for New Mexico’s first Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus). Western Birds, 42:233-242. (pdf)

Engel, J. I., M. H. Hennan, C. C. Witt, and J. D. Weckstein. 2011. Genetic affinities of three vagrant Cave Swallows (Petrochelidon fulva) from eastern North America. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 123(4):840-845. (pdf)

Witt, C. C. and E. Bautista-Obispo. 2011. Triorchidism in a hummingbird. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(3):632–635. (pdf)

Braun, E. L., R. T. Kimball, K.-L. Han, N. R. Iuhasz, A. J. Bonilla, J. L. Chojnowski, J. V. Smith, R. C. K. Bowie, M. J. Braun, S. J. Hackett, J. Harshman, C. J. Huddleston, B. D. Marks, K. J. Miglia, W. S. Moore, S. Reddy, F. H. Sheldon, C. C. Witt, & T. Yuri. 2011. Homoplastic Microinversions and the Avian Tree of Life. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11:141-. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-141. (pdf)

Baumann, M. J., N. D. Pederson, J. Oldenettel, M. S. Graus, S. M. McNew, & C. C. Witt. 2011. Molecular and morphological evidence confirm the first record of Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) for New Mexico. NMOS Bulletin, 39:1-10. (pdf)

Benham, P. M., E. J. Beckman, S. G. DuBay, M. Flores, A. B. Johnson, M. J. Lelevier, C. J. Schmitt, N. A. Wright, and C. C. Witt. 2011. Satellite imagery reveals new critical habitat for endangered bird species in the high Andes of Peru. Endangered Species Research 13(2):145-157. (Open Access Full Text)

Han, K-L., E. L. Braun, R. T. Kimball, S. Reddy, R. C. K. Bowie, M. J. Braun, J. L. Chojnowski, S. J. Hackett, J. Harshman, C. J. Huddleston, B. D. Marks, K. J. Miglia, W. S. Moore, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Steadman, C. C. Witt & T. Yuri. 2011. Are transposable element insertions homoplasy free? An examination using the avian tree of life. Systematic Biology 60(3)375-386. (pdf)

Witt, C. C., M. S. Graus, and H. A. Walker. 2010. Molecular data confirm the first record of Long-billed Murrelet (Brachyramphus perdix) for New Mexico. Western Birds, 41:160-167. (pdf)

Kirchman, J. J., C. C. Witt, J. A. McGuire, G. R. Graves. 2010. DNA from 100-year old holotype confirms the validity of a potentially extinct hummingbird species. Biology Letters. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0545 (pdf) (Evolución y Diversidad article)

Gregory, T. R., C. Andrews, J. A. McGuire, & C. C. Witt. 2009. The smallest avian genomes are found in hummingbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 276:3753-3757. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1004 (pdf) (Science News Article) (JOURNAL COVER)

Merkord, C. L., T. Mark, D. Susanibar, A. B. Johnson, & C. C. Witt. 2009. Avifaunal survey of the Rio Chipaota Valley in the Cordillera Azul region, San Martín, Perú. Ornitologia Neotropical 20(4):535-552. (pdf)

Witt, C. C., & D. F. Lane. 2009. Range extensions for two rare high-Andean birds in central Perú. Cotinga 31:90-94. (pdf)

Kimball, R. T., E. L. Braun, F. K. Barker, R. Bowie, M. J. Braun, J. L. Chojnowski, S. J. Hackett, K.-L. Han, J. Harshman, V. Heimer-Torres, W. Holznagel, C. J. Huddleston, B. D. Marks, K. J. Miglia, W. S. Moore, S. Reddy, F. H. Sheldon, J. V. Smith, C. C. Witt, & T. Yuri. 2008. A well-tested set of primers to amplify regions spread across the avian genome. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50:654-660. (pdf)

McGuire, J. A., C. C. Witt, J. V. Remsen, Jr., R. Dudley, & D. L. Altshuler. 2008. A higher-level taxonomy for hummingbirds. Journal of Ornithology. (pdf)

Harshman, J., E. L. Braun, M. J. Braun, C. J. Huddleston, R. C. K. Bowie, J. L. Chojnowski, S. J. Hackett, K.-L. Han, R. T. Kimball, B. D. Marks, K. J. Miglia, W. S. Moore, S. Reddy, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Steadman, S. J. Steppan, C. C. Witt, & T. Yuri. 2008. Phylogenomic Evidence for Multiple Losses of Flight in Ratite Birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105:13462-13467. (pdf)

Hackett, S. J., R. T. Kimball, S. Reddy, E. L. Braun, M. J. Braun, W. A. Cox, J Harshman, C. J. Huddleston, R. C. K. Bowie, J. L. Chojnowski, K.-L. Han, B. D. Marks, K J. Miglia, W. S. Moore, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Steadman, C. C. Witt, and T. Yuri. 2008. Phylogenomics rewrites the evolutionary history of birds. Science 320: 1763-1768. (pdf) (Recommended by Faculty of 1000)

Witt, C. C. and S. Maliakal-Witt. 2007. Why are diversity and endemism linked on islands? Ecography 30: 331-333. (pdf) (Recommended by Faculty of 1000)

McGuire, J. A., C. C. Witt, D. L. Altshuler, J. V. Remsen, Jr. 2007. Phylogenetic Systematics and Biogeography of Hummingbirds: Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood Analyses of Partitioned Data and Selection of an Appropriate Partitioning Strategy. Systematic Biology 56: 837-856. (pdf)

 

Submitted / In review Articles

Carmi, O., C. C. Witt, A. Jaramillo, & J. P. Dumbacher. In review. Phylogeography of the Vermilion Flycatcher species complex: multiple speciation events, shifts in migratory behavior, and an apparent extinction of a Galápagos-endemic bird species.

Hostetter, K., K. Sweazea, C. C. Witt, & E. Braun. In review. Comparative analysis of pancreatic cellular composition in wild birds.

Schmitt, C. J., E. L. Montaño, S. M. McNew, W. Vargas C., T. Valqui, & C. C. Witt. In review. Pre-industrial melanism: The origin, maintenance, and genetic basis of an urban melanic morph of the vermilion flycatcher.

Witt, C. C., & E. J. Beckman. In review. Genetic purging, sexual selection, and extinction risk.

Clark, W. S., S. C. Galen, J. Hull, & C. C. Witt. In review. Contrasting molecular and morphological evidence for the identification of an anomalous Buteo: a cautionary tale for hybrid diagnosis.

Toomey M. B., et al. In review. Complementary shifts in photoreceptor spectral tuning unlock the full adaptive potential of ultraviolet vision in birds.

Natarajan, C., et al. In review. Predictable convergence in protein function with unpredictable molecular underpinnings.

 

Web Publications

The Ornithology Blog: Reviews, ornithology news, and opinions from the Witt Lab & MSB Birds. 2013-. https://theornithologyblog.wordpress.com/ (formerly theornithologyblog.blogspot.com)

Beckman, E. J., & C. C. Witt. 2015. Change South American siskins from the genus Sporagra to the genus Spinus. Proposal 675 to the South American Checklist Committee (SACC). http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop675.htm

Dubay, S. G., & C. C. Witt. 2012. Proposal for the resurrection of the genus Uromyias. Proposal to South American Checklist Committee (SACC). http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop525.html

Dubay, S. G., & C. C. Witt. 2009. Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes reguloides). In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=422121

Capparella, A. P., & C. C. Witt. 2009. Pardusco (Nephelornis oneilli). In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=34094

 

Popular Articles

Witt, C. C. 2016. Birds in the Anthropocene: Scientific evidence of rapid change. Bosque Tracks: Newsletter of the Rio Grande Nature Center, January-March 2016 Issue. (reprinted on The Ornithology Blog)

Witt, C. C. 2015. Turning tragedy to treasure: Preserving dead birds teaches us about live ones. Bosque Tracks: Newsletter of the Rio Grande Nature Center, January-March 2015 Issue. (reprinted on The Ornithology Blog)

Witt, C. C. 2013. Lies and lying cranes who tell them. Bosque Tracks: Newsletter of the Rio Grande Nature Center, January-March 2013 Issue, pp. 2-7. (pdf)

Witt, C. C. 2012. Sandhill Cranes don’t speak with one voice. Bosque Tracks: Newsletter of the Rio Grande Nature Center, January-March 2012 Issue, pp. 6-7. (pdf)

Witt, C. C. 2010. Albuquerque’s amazing hummingbirds. Bosque Tracks: Newsletter of the Rio Grande Nature Center, July-September Issue, pp. 8-9. (pdf)