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  • Westerman, E.L, N. VanKuren, D. Massardo, A. Tenger-Trolander, W. Zhang, R. I. Hill, M. Perry, E. Bayala, K. Barr, N. Chamberlain, T. E. Douglas, N. Buerkle, S. Palmer & M. R. Kronforst. Aristaless controls butterfly wing color variation used in mimicry and mate choice. Current Biology, 2018.
  • Westerman, E. L.R. Letchinger, A. Tenger-Trolander, D. Massardo, D. Palmer, M. R. Kronforst. Does male preference play a role in maintaining female limited polymorphism in a Batesian mimetic butterfly? Behavioural Processes, 2018
    Finkbeiner, S. D., P. Salazar, S. Nogales, C. Rush, A. D. Briscoe, R. I. Hill, M. R. Kronforst, K. R. Willmott, and S. P. Mullen. 2018. Frequency-dependence shapes the adaptive landscape of imperfect Batesian mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society London. 285:20172786
  • Rossato, D.O., D. Boligon, R. Fornel, M. R. Kronforst, G. L. Gonçalves, G. R. P. Moreira. Subtle variation in size and shape of the whole forewing and the red band among co- mimics revealed by geometric morphometric analysis in Heliconius butterflies. Ecology and Evolution, 2018.
  • Mazo-Vargas, A., C. Concha, L. Livraghi, D. Massardo, R. Wallbank, L. Zhang, J. Papador, D. Martinez-Najera, C. Jiggins, M. Kronforst, C. Breuker, R. Reed, N. Patel, W. McMillan, A. Martin. Macro-evolutionary shifts of WntA function potentiate butterfly wing pattern diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017.
  • Zhang, W.E. Westerman, E. Nitzany, S. Palmer and M. R. Kronforst. 2017 Tracing the origin and evolution of supergene mimicry in butterflies. 2017. Nature Communications 8: 1269.
  • Nallu, S., J. Hill, K. Don, C. Sahagun, W. Zhang, C. Meslin, E. Snell-Rood, N. Clark, N. Morehouse, J. Bergelson, C. Wheat and M. R. Kronforst. The molecular genetic basis of herbivory between butterflies and their host-plants. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2018.
  • Southcott, L. and M. R. Kronforst. 2017. A neutral view of the evolving genomic architecture of speciation. Ecology and Evolution 7:6358-636.
  • Zhang, W, K. K. Dasmahapatra, J. Mallet, G. R. P. Moreira and M. R. Kronforst. 2016. Genome-wide introgression among distantly related Heliconius butterfly species. Genome Biology 17: 25.
  • Li, X., D. Fan, W. Zhang, G. Liu, L. Zhang, L. Zhao, X. Fang, L. Chen, Y. Dong, Y. Chen, Y. Ding, R. Zhao, M. Feng, Y. Zhu, Y. Feng, X. Jiang, D. Zhu, H. Xiang, X. Feng, S. Li, J. Wang, G. Zhang, M. R. Kronforst and W. Wang. 2015. Outbred genome sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in butterflies. Nature Communications 6: 8212.
  • Kronforst, M. R. and R. Papa. 2015. The functional basis of wing patterning in Heliconius butterflies: the molecules behind mimicry. Genetics 200: 1-19.
  • Kronforst, M. R. 2015. Exploring the molecular basis of monarch butterfly color pattern variation. Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 28: 127-130.
  • Palmer, D. and M. R. Kronforst. 2015. Divergence and gene flow among Darwin's finches: A genome-wide view of adaptive radiation driven by interspecies allele sharing. BioEssays 37: 968-974.
  • Zhan, S., W. Zhang, K. Niitepold, J. Hsu, J. F. Haeger, M. P. Zalucki, S. Altizer, J. C. de Roode, S. M. Reppert and M. R. Kronforst. 2014. The genetics of monarch butterfly migration and warning colouration. Nature 514: 317-321.
  • Pierce, A. A., M. P. Zalucki, M. Bangura, M. Udawatta, M. R. Kronforst, S. Altizer, J. F. Haeger and J. C. de Roode. 2014. Serial founder effects and genetic differentiation during worldwide range expansion of monarch butterflies. Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20142230.
  • Gallant, J. R, V. E. Imhoff, A. Martin, W. K. Savage, N. L. Chamberlain, B. L. Pote, C. Peterson, G. E. Smith, B. Evans, R. D. Reed, M. R. Kronforst and S. P Mullen. 2014. Ancient homology underlies adaptive mimetic diversity across butterflies. Nature Communications 5: 4817.
  • Arias, C. F., C. Salazar, C. Rosales, M. R. Kronforst, M. Linares, E. Bermingham and W. O. McMillan. 2014. Phylogeography of Heliconius cydno and its closest relatives: disentangling their origin and diversification. Mol. Ecol. 23: 4137-4152.
  • Massardo, D., R. Fornel, M. R. Kronforst, G. L. Goncalves and G. R. Moreira. 2015. Diversification of the silverspot butterflies (Nymphalidae) in the Neotropics inferred from multi-locus DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 82: 156-165.
  • Kunte, K., W. Zhang, A. Tenger-Trolander, D. H. Palmer, A. Martin, R. D. Reed, S. P. Mullen and M. R. Kronforst. 2014. doublesex is a mimicry supergene. Nature 507: 229-232.
  • Pierce, A. A., S. Altizer, N. L. Chamberlain, M. R. Kronforst and J. C. de Roode. 2015. Unraveling the mysteries of monarch migration and global dispersal through molecular genetic techniques. In: Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Insect. Cornell University Press.
  • Barão, K. R., G. L. Gonçalves, O. H. H. Mielke, M. R. Kronforst and G. R. P. Moreira. 2014. Species boundaries in Philaethria butterflies: an integrative taxonomic analysis based on genitalia ultrastructure, wing geometric morphometrics, DNA sequences and AFLPs. Zoological Journal Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/zoj.12118
  • Kronforst, M. R., M. E. B. Hansen, N. G. Crawford, J. R. Gallant, W. Zhang, R. J. Kulathinal, D. D. Kapan and S. P. Mullen. 2013. Hybridization reveals the evolving genomic architecture of speciation. Cell Reports 5: 666-677.
  • Zhang W., K. Kunte and M. R. Kronforst. 2013. Genome-wide characterization of adaptation and speciation in tiger swallowtail butterflies using de novo transcriptome assemblies. Genome Biology & Evolution 5: 1233–1245.
  • Smith, J. and M. R. Kronforst. 2013. Do Heliconius butterfly species exchange mimicry alleles? Biology Letters 9: 20130503.
  • Hill, R. I., L. E. Gilbert and M. R. Kronforst. 2013. Cryptic genetic and wing pattern diversity in a mimetic Heliconius butterfly. Molecular Ecology 22: 2760-2770.
  • Martin A., R. Papa, N. J. Nadeau, R. I. Hill, B. A. Counterman, G. Halder, C. D. Jiggins, M. R. Kronforst, A. D. Long, W. O. McMillan and R. D. Reed. 2012. Diversification of complex butterfly wing patterns by repeated regulatory evolution of a Wnt ligand. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109: 12632-12637.
  • Massardo, D., P. A. Roratto, H. A. Vargas, M. R. Kronforst and G. R. P. Moreira. 2012. Development of a microsatellite library for the passion flower butterfly Dione moneta Hübner (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae). Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 719-724.
  • Heliconius Genome Consortium. 2012. Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487: 94-98.
  • Kronforst, M. R. 2012. Mimetic butterflies introgress to impress. PLoS Genetics 8: e1002802.
  • Kronforst, M. R., G. S. Barsh, A. Kopp, J. Mallet, A. Monteiro, S. P. Mullen, M. Protas, E. B. Rosenblum, C. J. Schneider and H. E. Hoekstra. 2012. Unraveling the thread of nature’s tapestry: the genetics of diversity and convergence in animal pigmentation. Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 25: 411-433.
  • Hines H. M., B. A. Counterman, R. Papa, P. Albuquerque de Moura, M. Z. Cardoso, M. Linares, J. Mallet, R. D. Reed, C. D. Jiggins, M. R. Kronforst and W. O. McMillan. 2011. Wing patterning gene redefines the mimetic history of Heliconius butterflies. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108: 19666-19671.
  • Kunte, K., C. Shea, M. L. Aardema, J. M. Scriber, T. E. Juenger, L. E. Gilbert and M. R. Kronforst. 2011. Sex chromosome mosaicism and hybrid speciation among tiger swallowtail butterflies. PLoS Genetics 7: e1002274.
  • Chamberlain, N. L., R. I. Hill, S. W. Baxter, C. D. Jiggins and M. R. Kronforst. 2011. Comparative population genetics of a mimicry locus among hybridizing Heliconius butterfly species. Heredity 107: 200-204.
  • Douglas, T. E., M. R. Kronforst, D. C. Queller and J. E. Strassmann. 2011. Genetic diversity in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum: population differentiation and cryptic species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60: 455-462.
  • Reed, R. D., R. Papa, A. Martin, H. M. Hines, B. A. Counterman, C. Pardo-Diaz, C. D. Jiggins, N. L. Chamberlain, M. R. Kronforst, R. Chen, G. Halder, H. F. Nijhout, and W. O. McMillan. 2011. optix drives the repeated convergent evolution of butterfly wing pattern mimicry. Science 333: 1137-1141.
  • Merrill, R. M, Z. Gompert, L. M. Dembeck, M. R. Kronforst, W. O. McMillan and C. D. Jiggins. 2011. Mate preference across the speciation continuum in a clade of mimetic butterflies. Evolution 65: 1489-1500.
  • Albuquerque de Moura, P., S. P. Quek, M. Z. Cardoso and M. R. Kronforst. 2011. Comparative population genetics of mimetic Heliconius butterflies in an endangered habitat; Brazil’s Atlantic forest. BMC Genetics 12: 9.
  • Quek, S. P., B. A. Counterman, P. Albuquerque de Moura, M. Z. Cardoso, C. R. Marshall, W. O. McMillan and M. R. Kronforst. 2010. Dissecting comimetic radiations in Heliconius reveals divergent histories of convergent butterflies. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107: 7365-7370.
  • Baxter, S. W., N. Nadeau, L. Maroja, P. Wilkinson, B. Counterman, A. Dawson, M. Beltran, S. Perez-Espona, N. Chamberlain, L. Ferguson, R. Clark, C. Davidson, R. Glithero, J. Mallet, W. O. McMillan, M. R. Kronforst, M. Joron, R. H. ffrench-Constant and C. D. Jiggins. 2010. Genomic hotspots for adaptation: the population genetics of Müllerian mimicry in the Heliconius melpomene clade. PLoS Genetics 6(2): e1000794. [Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology].
  • Mehdiabadi, N. J., M. R. Kronforst, D. C. Queller and J. E. Strassmann. 2010. Phylogeography and sexual macrocyst formation in the social amoeba Dictyostelium giganteum.  BMC Evol. Biol. 10: 17.
  • Chamberlain, N. L.*, R. I. Hill*, D. D. Kapan, L. E. Gilbert and M. R. Kronforst. 2009. Polymorphic butterfly reveals the missing link in ecological speciation. Science, 326: 847-850. *contributed equally to this work
  • Mehdiabadi, N. J., M. R. Kronforst, D. C. Queller and J. E. Strassmann. 2009. Phylogeny, reproductive isolation and kin recognition in the social amoeba Dictyostelium purpureum. Evolution, 63: 542-548.
  • Kronforst, M. R. and L. E. Gilbert. 2008. The population genetics of mimetic diversity in Heliconius butterflies. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. 275: 493-500 [Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology].
  • Kronforst, M. R., D. C. Giley, J. E. Strassmann and D. C. Queller. 2008. DNA methylation is widespread across social Hymenoptera. Current Biology 18: R287-R288.
  • Kronforst, M. R. 2008. Gene flow persists millions of years after speciation in Heliconius butterflies. BMC Evol. Biol. 8: 98 [Highly Accessed].
  • Salazar, C., C. D. Jiggins, J. E. Taylor, M. R. Kronforst and M. Linares. 2008. Gene flow and the genealogical history of Heliconius heurippa. BMC Evol. Biol. 8: 132 [Highly Accessed].
  • Kronforst, M. R., C. Salazar, M. Linares and L. E. Gilbert. 2007. No genomic mosaicism in a putative hybrid butterfly species. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. 274: 1255-1264.
  • Kronforst, M. R., P. J. Folgarait, R. J. W. Patrock and L. E. Gilbert. 2007. Genetic differentiation between body size biotypes of the parasitoid fly Pseudacteon obtusus (Diptera: Phoridae). Mol. Phylo. Evol. 43: 1178-1184.
  • Kronforst, M. R., L. G. Young and L. E. Gilbert. 2007. Reinforcement of mate preference among hybridizing Heliconius butterflies. J. Evol. Biol. 20: 278-285.
  • Kronforst, M. R., D. D. Kapan and L. E. Gilbert. 2006. Parallel genetic architecture of parallel adaptive radiations in Heliconius butterflies. Genetics 174: 535-539.
  • Kronforst, M. R., L. G. Young, L. M. Blume and L. E. Gilbert. 2006. Multilocus analyses of admixture and introgression among hybridizing Heliconius butterflies. Evolution 60: 1254-1268 [Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology].
  • Kronforst, M. R., L. G. Young, D. D. Kapan, C. McNeely, R. J. O’Neill and L. E. Gilbert. 2006. Linkage of butterfly mate preference and wing color preference cue at the genomic location of wingless. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103: 6575-6580 [Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology].
  • Kronforst, M. R. 2005. Primers for the amplification of nuclear introns in Heliconius butterflies. Mol. Ecol. Notes 5: 158-162.
  • Kronforst, M. R. and T. H. Fleming. 2001. Lack of genetic differentiation among widely spaced subpopulations of a butterfly with home range behaviour. Heredity 86: 243-250.
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