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Division of Biology

Andrew Hope, Research Assistant Professor

Andrew Hope

Contact information

110 Bushnell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 477-1876


Ph.D. 2011, University of New Mexico. Biology.

Area(s) of Specialization

Mammalian systematics and phylogenetics; Speciation processes via environmental change; Comparative phylogeography; Hybrid zone/Contact zone evolutionary dynamics; Emerging infectious diseases and host/parasite coevolution; Conservation genetics.

Research Focus

My current research stems from earlier investigations of the evolutionary history of small mammals, with a particular emphasis on shrews distributed across the Holarctic. As the field of phylogeography has matured, evolutionary studies of individual taxa across a historical landscape are now increasingly being replaced by larger comparative assessments of multiple taxa. The evolutionary and environmental processes that drive community turnover through time are an emerging focus of my research. I use genetic sequences, including both classical and genomic datasets, and distributional predictions in the form of niche models, to investigate the ecological and evolutionary dynamics across zones of contact where major biomes collide. Such ecotones provide opportunities for competition, adaptation, hybridization, and transfer of pathogens. Shrews (and other small mammals) and their internal parasites are an excellent study group because they are relatively diverse and widespread but understudied, and their small size, rapid turnover, and relative abundance make them comparatively easy to work with as a wild (“non-model”) evolutionary system.

Selected Publications

Peacock E, Sonsthagen SA, Obbard ME, Boltunov A, Regehr EV, Ovsyanikov N, Aars J, Atkinson SN, Sage GK, Hope AG, Zeyl E, Bachmann L, Ehrich D, Scribner KT, Amstrup SC, Belikov S, Born E, Derocher AE, Stirling I, Taylor MK, Wiig Ø, Paetkau D, Talbot SL. In Press. Implications of the circumpolar genetic structure of polar bears for their ecology, evolution and conservation in a rapidly warming Arctic. PLoS ONE.

Hope AG, Ho SYW, Malaney JL, Cook JA, Talbot SL. 2014. Accounting for rate variation among lineages in comparative demographic analyses. Evolution, 68, 2689-2700, DOI: 10.1111/evo.12469.

Hope AG, Panter N, Cook JA, Talbot SL, Nagorsen DW. 2014. Multi-locus phylogeography and systematic revision of North American water shrews (genus: Sorex). Journal of Mammalogy, 95, 722-738.

Dawson NG, Hope AG, Talbot SL, Cook JA. 2014. A multilocus evaluation of ermine (Mustela erminea) across the Holarctic, testing hypotheses of Pleistocene diversification in response to climate change. Journal of Biogeography 41, 464-475.

Deardorff ER, Nofchissey RA, Cook JA, Hope AG, Tsvetkova A, Talbot SL, Ebel GD. 2013. Powassan Virus in Mammals, Alaska and New Mexico, USA, and Russia, 2004–2007. Emerging Infectious Disease 19, 2012-2016.

Hope AG, Waltari E, Payer DC, Cook JA, Talbot SL. 2013. Future distribution of tundra refugia in northern Alaska. Nature Climate Change 3, 931-938.

Hope AG, Takebayashi N, Galbreath KE, Talbot SL, Cook JA. 2013. Synthesis: Temporal, spatial and ecological dynamics of speciation among amphi-Beringian small mammals. Journal of Biogeography 40, 415-429.

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