Peer-reviewed papers

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Chaves JA, Martinez-Torres PJ, Depino EA, Espinoza-Ulloa S, García-Loor J, Beichman A & Stervander M. 2020. Evolutionary history of the Galápagos Rail revealed by ancient mitogenomes and modern samples. bioRxiv 2020.10.07.326983. DOI: 10.1101/2020.10.07.326983.

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Roved J, Hansson B, Stervander M, Hasselquist D* & Westerdahl H*. 2020. Non-random association of MHC-I alleles in favor of high diversity haplotypes in wild songbirds revealed by computer-assisted MHC haplotype inference using the R package MHCtools. bioRxiv 2020.03.24.005207. DOI: 10.1101/2020.03.24.005207. *Shared last authorship.

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Stervander M*, Dierickx EG*, Thorley J*, Brooke M de L & Westerdahl H. 2020. High MHC gene copy number maintains diversity despite homozygosity in a Critically Endangered single-island endemic bird, but no evidence of MHC-based mate choice. Molecular Ecology, in press. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15471. *Shared first authorship.

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Cover of Molecular Ecology volume 29, issue 19, featuring Stervander et al. (2020)


Gillespie RG, Bennett GM, De Meester L, Feder JL, Fleischer RC, Harmon LJ, Hendry AP, Knope M, Mallet J, Martin C, Parent CE, Patton AH, Pfennig KS, Rubinoff D, Schluter D, Seehausen O, Shaw KL, Stacy E, Stervander M, Stroud JT, Wagner C & Wogan GOU. 2020. Comparing adaptive radiations across space, time, and taxa. Journal of Heredity 111: 1–20. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esz064.

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Cover of Journal of Heredity volume 111, issue 1, featuring Gillespie et al. (2020)


Lehikoinen A, Lindén A, Karlsson M, Andersson A, Crewe TL, Dunn EH, Gregory G, Karlsson L, Kristiansen V, Mackenzie S, Newman S, Røer JE, Sharpe C, Sokolov LV, Steinholtz Å, Stervander M, Takats Priestley L, Tirri I-S & Skjold Tjørnløv R. 2019. Phenology of the avian spring migratory passage in Europe and North America: asymmetric advancement in time and increase in duration. Ecological Indicators 101: 985–991. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.01.083.

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Inaccessible Rail (photo: Peter G. Ryan) Stervander M, Ryan PG, Melo M & Hansson B. 2019. The origin of the world’s smallest flightless bird, the Inaccessible Island Rail Atlantisia rogersi (Aves: Rallidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 130: 92–98. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.10.007.

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Hansson2018MER Hansson B, Sigeman H*, Stervander M*, Tarka M, Ponnikas S, Strandh M, Westerdahl H & Hasselquist D. 2018. Contrasting results from GWAS and QTL mapping on wing length in great reed warblers. Molecular Ecology Resources 18: 867–876. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12785. *Equal contribution.
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Stervander2017OS_nitidusStervander M, Knudsen H & Bruun Kristensen A. 2017. Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus ringed at Blåvand: molecular confirmation of a Danish first and European eighth vagrant record. Ornis Svecica 27: 121–131. DOI: 10.34080/os.v27.19565.

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Melo2017Ibis_bMelo M*, Stervander M*, Hansson B & Jones P. 2017. The endangered São Tomé Grosbeak Neospiza concolor is the world’s largest canary. Ibis 159: 673–679. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12466. *Shared first authorship.

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Stervander2016MPEStervander M, Alström P, Olsson U, Ottosson U, Hansson B & Bensch S. 2016. Multiple instances of paraphyletic species and cryptic taxa revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear RAD data for Calandrella larks (Aves: Alaudidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102: 233–245. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.05.032.

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Stervander2015MolEcol_CterStervander M, Illera JC, Kvist L, Barbosa P°, Keehnen NP°, Pruisscher P°, Bensch S & Hansson B. 2015. Disentangling the complex evolutionary history of the Western Palearctic blue tits (Cyanistes spp.) – phylogenomic analyses suggest radiation by multiple colonization events and subsequent isolation. Molecular Ecology 24(10): 2477–2494. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13145. °Mentored undergraduate student.

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Sjögren2013Sjögren J, Struwe W, Cosgrave E, Rudd P, Stervander M, Allhorn M, Hollands A, Nizet V & Collin M. 2013. EndoS2 is a unique and conserved enzyme of serotype M49 group A Streptococcus that hydrolyses N-linked glycans on IgG and α1-acid glycoprotein. Biochemical Journal 455: 107–118. DOI: 10.1042/BJ20130126.

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Iwajomo2013Iwajomo SB, Stervander M, Helseth A & Ottosson U. 2013. Population trends and migration strategy of the Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola at Ottenby, SE Sweden. Ringing & Migration 28(1): 6–15. DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2013.811157.

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Hellgren2013_aHellgren O, Wood MJ, Waldenström J, Hasselquist D, Ottosson U, Stervander M & Bensch S. 2013. Circannual variation in blood parasitism in a sub-Saharan migrant, the garden warbler. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(5): 1047–1059. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12129.

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Pala2011Pala I, Naurin S, Stervander M, Hasselquist D, Bensch S & Hansson B. 2011. Evidence of a neo-sex chromosome in birds. Heredity 108(3): 264–272. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2011.70.

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Jonzén N, Lindén A, Ergon T, Knudsen E, Vik JO, Rubolini D, Piacentini D, Brinch C, Spina F, Karlsson L, Stervander M, Andersson A, Waldenström J, Lehikoinen A, Edvardsen E, Solvang R & Stenseth NC. 2007. Response to comment on “Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds”. Science 315: 598c. DOI: 10.1126/science.1136920. Undergraduate author.

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Wallensten2011EIDWallensten A, Munster VJ, La Torre-Magalef N, Brytting M, Elmberg J, Fouchier RAM, Fransson T, Haemig PD, Karlsson M, Lundkvist Å, Osterhaus ADME, Stervander M, Waldenström J, & Olsen B. 2007. Surveillance of Influenza A Virus in migratory waterfowl in northern Europe. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13(3): 404–411. DOI: 10.3201/eid1303.061130. Undergraduate author.

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Mallards in Castle Park, by postman.peter (CC BY 2.0). Click image for details.Wallensten A, Munster VJ, Karlsson M, Lundkvist Å, Brytting M, Stervander M, Osterhaus ADME, Fouchier RAM & Olsen B. 2006. High prevalence of influenza A virus in ducks caught during spring migration through Sweden. Vaccine 24: 6734–6735. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2006.05.057. Undergraduate author.

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Jonzen2006ScienceJonzén N, Lindén A, Ergon T, Knudsen E, Vik JO, Rubolini D, Piacentini D, Brinch C, Spina F, Karlsson L, Stervander M, Andersson, A, Waldenström J, Lehikoinen A, Edvardsen E, Solvang R & Stenseth NC. 2006. Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds. Science 312: 1959–1961. DOI: 10.1126/science.1126119. Undergraduate author.

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Jonzen2006OSJonzén N, Piacentini D, Andersson A, Montemaggiori A, Stervander M, Rubolini D, Waldenström J & Spina F. 2006. The timing of spring migration in trans-Saharan migrants: a comparison between Ottenby, Sweden, and the island of Capri, Italy. Ornis Svecica 16: 27–33. Undergraduate author.

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Helseth2005Ardea_b_knotHelseth A, Lindström Å & Stervander M. 2005. Southward migration and fuel deposition of Red Knots Calidris canutusArdea 93(2): 213–224. Authored before entering university.

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Little rush warbler by Alan Manson (CC BY-SA 2.0). Click image for details.Stervander M, Ottosson U, Hulme M & Molokwu MN. 2005. Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala new to Plateau state, Nigeria. Malimbus 27: 46–47. Authored before entering university.

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Helseth2005OS_aHelseth A, Stervander M & Waldenström J. 2005. Migration patterns, population trends and morphometrics of the Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres passing Ottenby in south-eastern Sweden. Ornis Svecica 15: 63–72. Authored before entering university.

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Stervander2005JABStervander M, Lindström Å, Jonzén N & Andersson A. 2005. Timing of spring migration in birds: long-term trends, North Atlantic Oscillation and the significance of different migration routes. Journal of Avian Biology 36: 210–221. DOI: 10.1111/j.0908-8857.2005.03360.x. Authored before entering university.

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