Pubs & talks

I have published 26 peer-reviewed research papers in journals ranging from the highly specialized West African ornithological journal Malimbus to Science and Nature. So far, these papers have been cited some 1,500 times, rendering an h-index of 14. Anyone interested in more numbers can dig into my Google Scholar profile.

In addition to peer-reviewed papers, I have also authored two book chapters, 30 popular science papers (some in English but most in Swedish), and a couple of editorials.

Also, check out selected scientific talks.

Most recent research papers

Stervander M & Cresko WA. 2021. A highly contiguous nuclear genome assembly of the mandarinfish Synchiropus splendidus (Syngnathifromes: Callionymidae). G3: Genes | Genomes | Genetics 12(11): jkab306. DOI: 10.1093/g3journal/jkab306.

Read Open Access paper at G3: Genes | Genomes | Genetics.


Featured by The Scientist.


Stervander M, Hansson B, Olsson U, Hulme MF, Ottosson U & Alström P. 2020. Molecular species delimitation of larks (Aves: Alaudidae), and integrative taxonomy of the genus Calandrella, with the description of a range-restricted African relic taxon. Diversity 12: 428. DOI: 10.3390/d12110428.

Read Open Access paper at Diversity.
Datasets freely available at Zenodo: DOI


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. Diversity 12: 425. DOI: 10.3390/d12110425.

Read Open Access paper at Diversity.
Datasets freely available at Zenodo: DOI


Most recent preprints

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.

Read the non-reviewed preprint manuscript at bioRxiv.
Datasets freely available at Zenodo: DOI


Recent book chapters

Fjeldså J, Christidis L, Ericson PGP, Stervander M, Ohlson JI, Alström P. An updated classification of passerine birds. In: Fjeldså J, Christidis L & Ericson PGP (eds). The Largest Avian Radiation: The Evolution of Perching Birds, or the Order Passeriformes (pp 45–64). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Stervander M, Fjeldså J, Christidis L, Ericson PGP, Ohlson JI, Alström P. An updated chronology of passerine birds. In: Fjeldså J, Christidis L & Ericson PGP (eds). The Largest Avian Radiation: The Evolution of Perching Birds, or the Order Passeriformes (pp 387–396). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Most cited research paper (500+ times)

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.

Read paper. Highly cited. 2006 Classic Paper according to Google Scholar. Featured in the book Science Magazine’s State of the Planet 2008–2009.


Most buzzed-about research papers

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.

Read paper at Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Datasets freely available at Zenodo: DOI

Media coverage from 200+ outlets in 30+ languages, with links to articles in e.g. Smithsonian Magazine, Atlas Obscura, and Gizmodo.


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.

Read paper at Ibis. Read my popular summary blog post and our post on the BOU blog. Media coverage from 60 outlets in four languages including e.g. National Geographic and New Scientist.



Feng S*, Stiller J*, Deng Y*, Armstrong J*, Fang Q, Reeve AH, … Stervander M, … Lei F, Rahbek C, Gilbert MTP, Graves GR, Jarvis ED, Paten B & Zhang G. 2020. Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics. Nature 587: 252–257. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2873-9. *Shared first authorship. See list of peer-reviewed papers for full author list.

Read Open Access paper at Nature.



Sting paper calling out predatory publishing

Stervander M & Haelewaters D. 2020. Fishiness of piscine birds linked to absence of poisonous fungi but not pizza. Oceanography & Fisheries Open Access Journal 12(5): 555850. DOI: 10.19080/OFOAJ.2020.12.555850.

Read this ploy Open Access “paper” at Oceanography & Fisheries Open Access Journal, and marvel at the astonishing scientific breakthroughs that we present. Or perhaps be bewildered over the predatory journal industry publishing our high-quality gobbledegook.