Peer reviewed research

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Inaccessible Rail (photo: Peter G. Ryan) Stervander, M., Ryan, P. G., 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.

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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. *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.

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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. *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.

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Stervander2015MolEcol_CterStervander, M., Illera, J. C., Kvist, L., Barbosa, P.°, Keehnen, N. P.°, 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. °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 hydrolyzes N-linked glycans on IgG and α1-acid glycoprotein and is unique to, and conserved in, serotype M49 of group A StreptococcusBiochemical Journal 455: 107–118. 

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Iwajomo2013Iwajomo, S., 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. 

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Hellgren2013_aHellgren, O., Wood, M. J., 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. 

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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. 

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

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Wallensten2011EIDWallensten, A., Munster, V. J., La Torre-Magalef, N., Brytting, M., Elmberg, J., Fouchier R. A. M., Fransson, T., Haemig, P. D., Karlsson, M., Lundkvist, Å., Osterhaus, A. D. M. E., 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. Undergraduate author.

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Mallards in Castle Park, by postman.peter (CC BY 2.0). Click image for details.Wallensten, A., Munster, V. J., Karlsson, M., Lundkvist, Å., Brytting, M., Stervander, M., Osterhaus, A. D. M. E., Fouchier R. A. M. & Olsen, B. 2006. High prevalence of influenza A virus in ducks caught during spring migration through Sweden. Vaccine 24: 6734–6735. Undergraduate author.

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Jonzen2006ScienceJonzén, N., Lindén, A., Ergon, T., Knudsen, E., Vik, J. O., Rubolini, D., Piacentini, D., Brinch, C., Spina, F., Karlsson, L., Stervander, M., Andersson, A, Waldenström, J., Lehikoinen, A., Edvardsen, E. Solvang, R. & Stenseth, N. C. 2006. Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds. Science 312: 1959–1961. 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, M. N. 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. J. Avian Biol. 36: 210–221. Authored before entering university.

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