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Morinaga, G., J. J. Wiens, and D. S. Moen. 2023. The radiation continuum and the evolution of frog diversity. Nature Communications 14:7100. Paper, Data, Code

***Featured in Nature Communications Editors’ Highlights in Ecology and Evolution, which showcases what editors consider the 50 best papers recently published (within the last ~8 months) in the focal research area.

Flud, G., J. Angle, M. Simon, and D. S. Moen. 2023. Functional frogs: using swimming performance as a model to understand natural selection and adaptations. American Biology Teacher 85:28–33. Paper, Data

Grabowski, M., J. Pienaar, K. L. Voje, S. Andersson, J. Fuentes Gonzalez, B. T. Kopperud, D. S. Moen, M. Tsuboi, J. C. Uyeda, and T. F. Hansen. 2023. A cautionary note on “A cautionary note on the use of Ornstein Uhlenbeck models in macroevolutionary studies”. Systematic Biology 72:955-963. Paper, Supp. Mat.

Mendoza, E., D. S. Moen, and N. C. Holt. 2023. The importance of comparative physiology: mechanisms, diversity, and adaptation in skeletal muscle physiology and mechanics. Journal of Experimental Biology 226:jeb245158. Paper

***Part of special issue: “Special Issue: A Century of Comparative Biomechanics: Emerging and Historical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Field”, for which all papers were published free for public access.

Juarez, B. H., D. S. Moen, and D. C. Adams. 2023. Ecology, sexual dimorphism, and jumping evolution in anurans. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 36:829–841. Paper, Data and Code

Portik, D., J. Streicher, D. C. Blackburn, D. S. Moen, C. R. Hutter, and J. J. Wiens. 2023. Redefining possible: combining phylogenomic and supersparse data in frogs. Molecular Biology and Evolution 40:msad109. Paper, Supp. Mat. (written, figs), Supp. Mat. (tables)

Simon, M., and D. S. Moen. 2023. Bridging performance and adaptive landscapes to understand long-term functional evolution. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 96:304–320. Paper and Supp. Mat.

Moen, D. S. 2022. Improving inference and avoiding over-interpretation of hidden-state diversification models: specialized plant breeding has no effect on diversification in frogs. Evolution 76:373–384. Paper, Code, Data

Moen, D. S., E. Cabrera-Guzmán, I. W. Caviedes-Solis, E. González-Bernal, and A. R. Hanna. 2022. Phylogenetic analysis of adaptation in comparative physiology and biomechanics: overview and a case study of thermal physiology in treefrogs. Journal of Experimental Biology 225:jeb243292. Paper, Code, Data, Analysis tutorials

***Part of special issue: “Building New Paradigms in Comparative Physiology and Biomechanics”, for which all papers were published free for public access. Our paper was a combined full review of Ornstein-Uhlenbeck models of adaptation and also an empirical case study in thermal (locomotor) physiology.

Moen, D. S., R. N. Ravelojaona, C. R. Hutter, and J. J. Wiens. 2021. Testing for adaptive radiation: a new approach applied to Madagascar frogs. Evolution 75:3008–3025. Paper, Code, Data, Supp Mat

***Featured in Digest: Data tests and testable definitions of evolutionary phenomena

Kasoju, V. T., D. S. Moen, M. P. Ford, T. T. Ngo, and A. Santhanakrishnan. 2021. Interspecific variation in bristle number on forewings of tiny insects does not influence clap-and-fling aerodynamics. Journal of Experimental Biology 224:jeb239798. Paper, Data and code

Prinzing, A., S. Pavoine, H. Jactel, J. Hortal, S. Hennekens, W. Ozinga, I. Bartish, M. Helmus, I. Kühn, D. S. Moen, E. Weiher, M. Braendle, M. Winter, C. Violle, P. Venail, O. Purschke, and B. Yguel. 2021. Disturbed habitats locally reduce the signal of deep evolutionary history in functional traits of plants. New Phytologist 232:1849–1862. Paper

Mendoza, E., E. Azizi, and D. S. Moen. 2020. What explains vast differences in jumping power within a clade? Diversity, ecology, and evolution of anuran jumping power. Functional Ecology 34:1053–1063. Paper, Data

Juarez, B. H., D. S. Moen, and D. C. Adams. 2020. A morphological method to approximate jumping performance in anurans for macroevolutionary studies. Evolutionary Biology 47:260–271. Paper

Billaud, O., D. S. Moen, T. L. Parsons, and H. Morlon. 2020. Estimating diversity through time using molecular phylogenies: old and species-poor frog families are the remnants of a diverse past. Systematic Biology 69:363–383. Paper, Data and code

Moen, D. S. 2019. What determines the distinct morphology of species with a particular ecology? The roles of many-to-one mapping and trade-offs in the evolution of frog ecomorphology and performance. American Naturalist 194:E81–E95. Paper, Data

Kulyomina, Y., D. S. Moen, and D. J. Irschick. 2019. The relationship between habitat use and body shape in geckos. Journal of Morphology 280:722–730. Paper

Bars-Closel, M., T. Kohlsdorf, D. S. Moen, and J. J. Wiens. 2017. Diversification rates are more strongly related to microhabitat than climate in squamate reptiles (lizards and snakes). Evolution 71:2243–2261. Paper

Moen, D. S., and J. J. Wiens. 2017. Microhabitat and climatic niche change explain patterns of diversification among frog families. American Naturalist 190:29–44. Paper, Data

Yguel, B., H. Jactel, I. S. Pearse, D. S. Moen, M. Winter, J. Hortal, M. R. Helmus, I. Kühn, S. Pavoine, O. Purschke, E. Weiher, C. Violle, W. Ozinga, M. Brändle, I. Bartish, and A. Prinzing. 2016. The evolutionary legacy of diversification predicts ecosystem function. American Naturalist 188:388–410. Paper

Moen, D. S., H. Morlon, and J. J. Wiens. 2016. Testing convergence versus history: convergence dominates phenotypic evolution for over 150 million years in frogs. Systematic Biology 65:146–160. Paper, Data and code

Moen, D. S., and H. Morlon. 2014. From dinosaurs to modern bird diversity: Extending the time scale of adaptive radiation. PLoS Biology 12:e1001854. Paper

Moen, D. S., and H. Morlon. 2014. Why does diversification slow down? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:190–197. Paper

Moen, D. S., D. J. Irschick, and J. J. Wiens. 2013. Evolutionary conservatism and convergence both lead to striking similarity in ecology, morphology, and performance across continents in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280:20132156. Paper

Wiens, J. J., R. A. Pyron, and D. S. Moen. 2011. Phylogenetic origins of local-scale diversity patterns and the causes of Amazonian megadiversity. Ecology Letters 14:643–652. Paper, Supp Mat

**Editor’s Choice in Science (May 2011) (With my photo of Osteocephalus planiceps from the Amazon)
**Featured on,, Yahoo News, LiveScience, ScienceDaily, Top Science News, EarthSky, OurAmazingPlanet, and many other news websites

Wiens, J. J., C. A. Kuczynski, X. Hua, and D. S. Moen. 2010. An expanded phylogeny of treefrogs (Hylidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55:871–882. Paper

Moen, D. S., S. A. Smith, and J. J. Wiens. 2009. Community assembly through evolutionary diversification and dispersal in Middle American treefrogs. Evolution 63:3228–3247. Paper, Supp Mat

Moen, D. S., and J. J. Wiens. 2009. Phylogenetic evidence for competitively driven divergence: body-size evolution in Caribbean treefrogs (Hylidae: Osteopilus). Evolution 63:195–214. Paper, Supp Mat

Wiens, J. J., and D. S. Moen. 2008. Missing data and the accuracy of Bayesian phylogenetics. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 46:307–314. Paper

Moen, D. S. 2006. Cope’s rule in cryptodiran turtles: do the body sizes of extant species reflect a trend of phyletic size increase? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19:1210–1221. Paper

Wiens, J. J., C. H. Graham, D. S. Moen, S. A. Smith, and T. W. Reeder. 2006. Evolutionary and ecological causes of the latitudinal diversity gradient in hylid frogs: treefrog trees unearth the roots of high tropical diversity. American Naturalist 168:579–596. Paper, Supp Mat

***Featured in “Science News”, “EurekAlert!”, and “ScienceDaily” Oct.-Nov., 2006
***Recommended article in Ecology, Faculty of 1000, November 9, 2006

Moen, D. S. and C. A. Stockwell. 2006. Specificity of the monogenean Gyrodactylus tularosae, Kritsky and Stockwell, 2005, to its natural host, the White Sands pupfish (Cyprinodon tularosa, Miller and Echelle 1975). Comparative Parasitology 73:278–281. Paper

Moen, D. S., C. T. Winne, and R. N. Reed.  2005. Habitat-mediated shifts and plasticity in the evaporative water loss rates of two congeneric pitvipers (Squamata, Viperidae, Agkistrodon).  Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:759–766. Paper