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    Sergei V. Drovetski
    Research Associate

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    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Ph.D., Zoology. University of Washington, 2001
BS, Forestry. Moscow Forestry Academy, April 1988

Research Interests

My professional interests include evolutionary biology, molecular and morphological evolution, genetics and ecology of speciation, functional morphology, behavioral ecology, biogeography, systematics, and host-parasite interactions including: (1) molecular phylogenomics and systematics (2) phylogeography and population genomics (3) ecological and behavioral mechanisms of speciation (4) evolution of avian communities (5) studies of rates of morphological evolution using molecular phylogenetic methods (6) Holarctic and Palearctic biogeography (7) ecology, life cycles, and habitat use of alpine, boreal, and arctic birds (8) foraging behavior, locomotion, and morphological adaptation (9) ecology of avian Haemosporidian parasites (10) conservation policies I am also interested in developing and using museum collections for comparative evolutionary, molecular, and morphological studies

Selected Publications

Freitas S, Vavakou A, Arakelyan M, Drovetski SV, Crnobrnja-Isailović J, Kidov AA, Cogălniceanu D, Corti C, Lymberakis P, Harris DJ, Carretero MA Accepted. Cryptic diversity and unexpected evolutionary patterns in the meadow lizard, Darevskia praticola (Eversmann, 1834). Systematics and Biodiversity.

Mata VA, da Silva LP, Lopes RJ, Drovetski SV 2015.  Strait of Gibraltar poses an effective barrier to host-specialized but not to host-generalized lineages of avian Haemosporidia.  International Journal for Parasitology 45(11): 711-719. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.04.006

Drovetski SV, Semenov G, Red'kin YaA, Sotnikov VN, Fadeev IV, Koblik EA  2015.  Effects of asymmetric nuclear introgression, introgressive mitochondrial sweep, and purifying selection on phylogenetic reconstruction and divergence estimates in the Pacific clade of Locustella warblers.  PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122590. 

Voelker, G, Semenov G, Fadeev IV, Blick A, and Drovetski SV 2015.  The biogeographic history of Phoenicurus redstarts reveals an allopatric mode of speciation and an out-of-Himalayas colonization pattern.  Systematics and Biodiversity 13(3):296-305.  DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2014.992380

Drovetski SV,  Aghayan SA, Mata VA, Lopes RJ, Mode NA, Harvey JA, Voelker G 2014.  Does the niche-breadth or trade-off hypothesis explain the abundance-occupancy relationship in avian haemosporidia? Molecular Ecology 23(13):3322-3329.  DOI: 10.1111/mec.12744 Featured in the perspective by Marcos Robalinho Lima and Staffan Bensch in the same issue of Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12809

Drovetski SV, Raković M, Semenov G, Fadeev IV, Red’kin YaA 2014. Limited phylogeographic signal in sex-linked and autosomal loci despite geographically, ecologically, and phenotypically concordant structure of mtDNA variation in the Holarctic avian genus Eremophila. PLoS ONE 9(1): e87570.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087570

Dove CJ, Dahlan NF, Drovetski SV 2013. MtDNA ND2 Sequence identifies streaked horned lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata) from birdstrike to U.S. Air Force F-15 at Portland International Airport, Oregon. Conservation Genetics Resources 5(4):997-999. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-013-9952-2 

Alda F, González MA, Olea PP, Ena V, Godinho R, Drovetski SV 2013. Genetic diversity, structure and conservation of the endangered Cantabrian Capercaillie in a unique peripheral habitat.  European Journal of Wildlife Research 59(5):719-728. DOI: 10.1007/s10344-013-0727-6

Hung C-M, Drovetski SV, Zink, RM 2013. Multilocus test of the absence of mtDNA phylogeographic structure in a widespread wader, the common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). Journal of Ornithology 154(4):1105-1113. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-013-0980-1

Rodrigues P, Lopes RJ, Drovetski SV, Reis S, Ramos JA, Tristão da Cunha R 2013. Phylogeography and genetic diversity of the Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in the Azores islands: evidence of a recent colonisation. Journal of Ornithology 154(4):889-900. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-013-0953-4

Drovetski SV, Semenov G, Drovetskaya SS, Fadeev IV, Red’kin YaA, and Voelker G 2013. Geographic mode of speciation in a mountain specialist avian family endemic to the Palearctic.  Ecology and Evolution 3(6):1518–1528  DOI: 10.1002/ece3.539

Argaña E, Freitas S, Sillero N, Corti C, Drovetski SV, Garcia-Muñoz E, Ferreira D, Ferreira S, Carretero MA  2013. An apparent case of bilateral gynandromorphy in the femoral pores of the Caucasian rock lizard Darevskia raddei.  Herpetology Notes 6: 77-80. pdf

Hung C-M, Drovetski SV, Zink, RM 2013. Recent allopatric divergence and niche evolution in a widespread Palearctic bird, the common rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 103–111. DOI:

Aghayan SA, Hovhannisyan TsS, Ghasabyan MG, Drovetski SV 2013. Preliminary report on avian malaria infection in breeding colony of lesser kestrel in Armenia.  Raptors Conservation 26: 96-99. pdf

Peters JL, McCracken KG, Pruett CL, Rohwer S, Drovetski SV, Zhuravlev YuN, Kulikova I, Gibson DD, Winker K 2012. A parapatric propensity for breeding precludes
the completion of speciation in common teal (Anas crecca, sensu lato). Molecular Ecology 21: 4563-4577. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05711

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