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Example Publications that Characterize the Lab's Focus


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

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.
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) |

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
Online Article | Proofs Reprint | featured in Avian Hybrids blog

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.
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.
Online Article Proofs Reprint

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

2020


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. Accepted.

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.
Open Access Online Article | UTSC Press Release | EurekAlert Press Resease

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

FitzGerald, A., J. Weir, D. Whitaker, J. Ralston, I. Warkentin, J. Kirchman. 2019. Genetic structure and biogeographic history of the Bicknell's Thrush/Gray-cheeked Thrush species complex. Auk. published online.
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
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
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. Free 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.
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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.
Free 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 | Proofs Reprint

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.
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.
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
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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.
Free Online Article

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

Weir, J.T. & A. Lawson. 2015. Evolutionary rates across gradients. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 1278-1286.
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.
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.
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. Journal of Biogeography. 41: 1746–1757.
Online Article

Weir, J. T. 2014. Environmental harshness, latitude and incipient speciation. Molecular Ecology. 23: 251-253.
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.
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. 280:20131065
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.
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.
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.
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 of London, B. 278:1713-1720.
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.
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 of London Series 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 of London Series 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.
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.
Reprint | Support Online Figures

before 2005


Weir, J. T. & D. Schluter. 2004. Ice sheets promote speciation in boreal birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences 271: 1881-1887.
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)