Peer Reviewed Publications

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#Carreras-De León R, Pasachnik SA, Gerber GP, Brooks CP, Rupp E, Welch ME. in revision. Genetic structure at three spatial scales is consistent with limited philopatry in Ricord’s Rock Iguanas (Cyclura ricordii). Ecology and Evolution.

#Moss JB, Gerber GP, $Schwirian A, $Jackson AC, Welch ME. in press. Evidence for dominant males but not choosy females in an insular rock iguana.  Behavioral Ecology

van den Burg MP, Meirmans PG, van Wagensveld TP, Kluskens B, Madden H, Welch ME, Breeuwer JAJ. 2018. The Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) on St. Eustatius: genetically depauperate and threatened by ongoing hybridization. Journal of Heredity. 109: 426-437.

#Judson JLM, Knapp CR, Welch ME. 2018. Age‐dependent, negative heterozygosity–fitness correlations and local effects in an endangered Caribbean reptile, Iguana delicatissima. Ecology and Evolution 8: 2088-2096.

#Ranathunge C, Wheeler GE, $Chimahusky ME, Morrison JI, Baldwin BS, Perkins A, Welch ME. 2018. Transcriptome profiles of sunflower reveal the potential role of microsatellites in gene expression divergence. Molecular Ecology27:1188-1199.

#Moss JB, Welch ME, Burton FJ, Vallee MV, Houlcroft EW, Laaser T, Gerber GP. 2018. First evidence for crossbreeding between invasive Iguana iguana and the native rock iguana (Genus Cyclura) on Little Cayman Island. Biological Invasions 20: 817-823.

Welch ME#Colosimo G, Pasachnik SA, Malone CL, Hilton J, $Long J, $Getz, AH, Alberts AC, Gerber GP. 2017. Molecular variation and population structure in critically endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas: identifying intraspecific conservation units and revising subspecific taxonomy. Conservation Genetics 18: 479-493.

Aplasca, AC, Iverson JB, Welch ME#Colosimo G, Hekkala ER. 2016. Genetic diversity and structure in the Endangered Allen Cays Rock Iguana, Cyclura cychlura inornataPeerJ 4:e1793; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1793

Marsico TD, Sauby KE, Brooks CP, Welch ME, Ervin GN. 2015. Phylogeographic evidence for a Florida panhandle-peninsula discontinuity in the distribution of Melitara prodenialis Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a native cactus-boring moth. Insect Conservation and Diversity 8: 377-388.

#$Martin JL, Knapp CR, Gerber GP, Thorpe RS, Welch ME. 2015. Phylogeography of the endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana, Iguana delicatissima: a recent diaspora in an archipelago known for ancient herpetological endemism. Journal of Heredity 106: 315-321.

#Colosimo G, Knapp CR, Wallace LE, Welch ME. 2014. Inferred vs Realized Patterns of Gene Flow: an Analysis of Population Structure in the Andros Island Rock Iguana. PLoS ONE 9: e106963

#Pramod S, Perkins A, Welch ME. 2014. Patterns of microsatellite evolution inferred from the Helianthus annuustranscriptome. Journal of Genetics 93: 431-442

#Pramod S, $Downs KE, Welch ME. 2012. Gene expression assays for actinubiquitin and three microsatellite encoding genes in Helianthus annuus (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 99: e350-e352.

Cheshier, JC, Madsen JD, Wersal RM, Gerard PD, Welch ME. 2012Evaluating the potential for differential susceptibility of common reed haplotypes I and M to aquatic herbicides. Invasive Plant Science and Management5:101-105

#Pramod, S, $Rasberry AB, $Butler TG, Welch ME. 2011. Characterization of long transcribed microsatellites in Helianthus annuus (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 98: e388-e390

Welch ME$Long GJ, #Berk JW, $Getz AH, Gerber GP, Wallace LE. 2011. Twenty-nine Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in Cyclura carinata, the Turks and Caicos Iguana, a Critically Endangered Island Endemic. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 209-212

Marsico TD, Wallace LE, Ervin GN, Brooks CP, $McClure JE, Welch ME. 2011. Geographic patterns of genetic diversity from the native range of Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) support the documented history of invasion and multiple introductions for invasive populations. Biological Invasions 13:857-868

#Chinchilla L, $Woodard A, Loughry W, Brooks CP, Welch ME. 2010. Microsatellite Markers for the Study of Leprosy in Nine-banded Armadillos. Published under Molecular Ecology Resources Consortium et al. 2010. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 April 2010 – 31 May 2010. Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 1098-1105

Pearl SA, Welch ME, McCauley DE. 2009. Mitochodrial heteroplasmy and paternal leakage in natural populations of Silene vulgaris, a gynodioecious plant. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26: 537-545

Bryan JJ, Gerber GP, Welch ME, Stephen CL. 2007. Re-evaluating the taxonomic status of the Booby Cay Iguana, Cyclura carinata bartschiCopeia 2007: 734-739

McCauley DE, Sundby AK, Bailey MF, Welch ME. 2007. Inheritance of chloroplast DNA is not strictly maternal in Silene vulgaris (Caryophylaceae): evidence form experimental crosses and natural populations. American Journal of Botany 94: 1333-1337

Welch ME, Darnell MZ, McCauley DE, 2006. Variable populations within variable populations: quantifying mitochondrial heteroplasmy in natural populations of Silene vulgarisGenetics 174: 829-837

Featured as Editor’s Choice in November 17, 2006 issue of Science

Welch ME, Gerber GP, Davis SK. 2004. The genetic structure of the Turks and Caicos rock iguana, Cyclura carinata carinata, and its implications for species conservation. In A. Alberts, R. Carter, W. Hayes and E. Martins, [Eds.] Iguanas: Biology and Conservation. University of California Press. 

Lexer C, Welch ME, Raymond O, Rieseberg LH. 2003. The origin of ecological divergence in Helianthus paradoxus(Asteraceae): selection on transgressive characters in a novel hybrid habitat. Evolution 57: 1989-2000

Lexer C, Welch ME, Durphy JL, Rieseberg LH. 2003. Natural selection for salt tolerance QTL in wild sunflower hybrids: implications for the origin of Helianthus paradoxus, a diploid hybrid species. Molecular Ecology 12:1225-1235

Welch ME, Rieseberg LH. 2002. Patterns of genetic variation suggest a single, ancient origin for the diploid hybrid species Helianthus paradoxusEvolution 56: 2126-2137 

Welch ME, Rieseberg LH. 2002. Habitat divergence between a homoploid hybrid sunflower species, Helianthus paradoxus (Asteraceae), and its progenitors. American Journal of Botany 89:472-478.

Rieseberg LH Welch ME. 2002. Gene transfer through introgressive
hybridization: history, evolutionary significance, and phylogenetic consequences. In M. Syvanen and C.I. Kado, [Eds.] Horizontal Gene Transfer, Second edition. Academic Press.  

Allen ES, Burke JM, Welch ME, and L.H. Rieseberg. 1999. How reliable is science information on the web? Nature 402: 722

Other Publications

Welch ME, #$Rasberry, Grant AT, Van Veen R, Robinson O, Fleuchaus D, Wilson B. 2012. Assessing the Genetic Impact of Headstarting and Potential for Mitigation in the Jamaican Iguana, Cyclura collei. Reptiles & Amphibians 19: 228-229

Madsen, JD, Cheshier JC, Phuntumart V, Thum R, Welch ME. 2009. Eurasian Watermilfoil survey of three reservoirs in the Lower Clarks Fork River, Montana: II. Taxonomic analysis of the native and nonnative watermilfoils.