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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Mammals

Tarsius bancanus
bar Molly McDonough
    Molly M. McDonough
    Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

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  • E-mail: mcdonoughm[at]

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Ph.D. (Biological Sciences): Texas Tech University, 2013
M.S. (Biology): Angelo State University, 2007
B.S. (Wildlife Biology): Texas State University, 2003

Research Interests

I am interested in molecular systematics, taxonomy, and phylogeography of small mammals, particularly African rodents. My dissertation research was focused on the sub-Saharan rodent genus Gerbilliscus. Currently, I am working on resolving the phylogenetic relationships among all members of the subtribe Gerbillina, the pygmy gerbils, using next generation sequencing technology to screen for genome-wide genetic variation in DNA extracted from museum specimens.

Recent Publications

McDonough, M. M., C. G. Sotero-Caio, A. W. Ferguson, P. J. Lewis, M. Tswiio, and M. L. Thies. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA and karyotypic data confirm the presence of multiple lineages of Mus in Botswana. ZooKeys, 359: 35-51.

Cronin, M. A., M. M. McDonough, H. M. Huynh, and R. J. Baker. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of North American bears (Ursus) inferred from mitochondrial and amplified fragment length polymorphisms. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91: 626-634.

Bartlett, S. N., M. M. McDonough, and L. K. Ammerman. 2013. Molecular systematics of bonneted bats (Molossidae: Eumops) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Journal of Mammalogy, 94(4): 867-880.

Phillips, C. D., G. Phelan, S. E. Dowd, M. M. McDonough, A. W. Ferguson, J. D. Hanson, L. M. Siles, N. Ordonez-Garza, and R. J. Baker. 2012. Microbiome analysis among bats describes influences of host phylogeny, life history, physiology and geography. Molecular Ecology, 21(11): 2617-2627.

McDonough, M. M., A. W. Ferguson, C. Granja-Vizcaino, S. F. Burneo, R. J. Baker, and L. K. Ammerman. 2011. Bats of Ecuador: results of a countrywide survey. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech, 301: 1-28.

McDonough, M. M., B. Lim, A. W. Ferguson, S. F. Burneo, and L. K. Ammerman. 2010. Mammalia, Chiroptera, Emballonuridae, Peropteryx leucoptera Peters, 1867 and Peropteryx pallidoptera Lim, Engstrom, Reid, Simmons, Voss and Fleck, 2010: distributional range extensions in Ecuador. Checklist, 6(4): 639-643.

Ferguson, A. W., M. M. McDonough, M. L. Thies, P. J. Lewis, and M. Gabadirwe. 2010. Mammals of the Koanaka Hills (Nqcumtsa Hills) Region, Ngamiland, Botswana: a provisional checklist. Botswana Notes and Records, 42: 163-171.

Baker, R. J., M. M. McDonough, V. J. Swier, P. A. Larsen, J. P. Carrera, and L. K. Ammerman. 2009. New species of Eumops (Chiroptera: Molossidae) from the lowlands of western Ecuador and Peru. Acta Chiropterologica, 11: 1-13.

Ammerman, L. K., M. M. McDonough, N. I. Hristov, and T. H. Kunz. 2009. Census of the endangered Mexican Long-nosed Bat Leptonycteris nivalis at Big Bend National Park. Endangered Species Research, 8: 87-92.

Ammerman, L. K., R. M. Rodriguez, R. C. Dowler, and M. M. McDonough. 2008. Bat diversity and activity: a comparison among Texas Army National Guard sites. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech, 280: 1-24.

McDonough M. M., L. K. Ammerman, R. M. Timm, H. H. Genoways, P. A. Larsen, and R. J. Baker. 2008. Speciation within bonneted bats (genus: Eumops): the complexity of morphological, mitochondrial, and nuclear data sets in systematics. Journal of Mammalogy, 89: 1306-1315.

Ferguson, A. W., M. M. McDonough, and M. R. J. Forstner. 2008. Herpetofaunal inventory of Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas: community composition in an urban landscape. Texas Journal of Science, 60: 123-136.

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