Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Daniel Mulcahy

Molecular Lab Technician

Daniel Mulcahy joined the Global Genome Initiative as the Molecular Laboratory Technician in January 2015.  He performs analytical laboratory procedures, such as DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, and quality assessment of genomic collections for GGI projects.  His research interests include both amphibian and reptile phylogenetics.  Dr. Mulcahy received his Ph.D. in Biology from Utah State University.

Department / Division
  • Van Ee, Noah, Xiong, Peter X., Young, Daniel V., Kabat, Kristin L., Bradke, Danielle R., Hileman, Eric T., Gotte, Steve W., Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Nafus, Melia G. 2020. "Hemidactylus tenkatei (Spotted House Gecko) Geographic Distribution Note." Herpetological Review 51 (3):540-541.
  • Zug, George R. and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2020. Identification Guide Amphibians & Reptiles of South Tanintharyi. Fauna & Flora International.
  • Angeli, Nicole F., Coles, William, McKinley, Shane, and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2019. "Introduction of an Exotic Constricting Snake (Boa Constrictor) and its Establishment on St. Croix, Us Virgin Islands." Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14 (1):288-296.
  • Grismer, L. Lee, Wood, Perry L., Jr., Grismer, Jesse L., Quah, Evan S. H., Thy, Neang, Phimmachak, Somphouthone, Sivongxay, Niane, Seateun, Sengvilay, Stuart, Bryan L., Siler, Cameron B., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Anamza, Tashitso, and Brown, Rafe M. 2019. "Geographic structure of genetic variation in the Parachute Gecko Ptychozoon lionotum Annandale, 1905 across Indochina and Sundaland with descripions of three new species." Zootaxa 4638 (2):151-198.
  • Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., Zug, George R., and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2019. "The discovery of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar with the description of two new species." Zootaxa 4661 (1):40-64.
  • Barron, Joseph C., II, Gotte, Steve W., Collette, Bruce B., McDiarmid, Roy W., Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Davis, Drew R. 2018. "Scaphiopus holbrookii (Eastern Spadefoot)." Herpetological Review 49 (4):710.
  • González, Vanessa L., Devine, Amanda M., Trizna, Mike, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Barker, Katherine, and Coddington, Jonathan A. 2018. "Open access genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods." Current Opinion in Insect Science 25:91-98.
  • Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., Connette, Grant M., Oo, Khin Swe, Zug, George R., and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2018. "First record of the Malaysian Bridle Snake, Dryocalamus subannulatus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854), in Myanmar (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae)." Check List 14 (2):341-345.
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., Chand, Mia, Thura, Myint Kyaw, and Zug, George R. 2018. "Filling the BINs of life: Report of an amphibian and reptile survey of the Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) Region of Myanmar, with DNA barcode data." ZooKeys 757:85-152.
  • Zug, George R., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Vindum, Jens V., and Wilkinson, Jeffery A. 2018. "Anurans of the Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar: a preview of increasing species diversity." Alytes 36 (1–4):266-275.
  • Connette, Grant M., Oswald, Patrick, Thura, Myint Kyaw, LaJeunesse Connette, Katherine J., Grindley, Mark E., Songer, Melissa A., Zug, George R., and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2017. "Rapid forest clearing in a Myanmar proposed national park threatens two newly discovered species of geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus)." PLOS ONE 12 (4):1-18.
  • Deichmann, Jessica L., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Vanthomme, Hadrien, Tobi, Elie, Wynn, Addison H., Zimkus, Breda M., and McDiarmid, Roy W. 2017. "How many species and under what names? Using DNA barcoding and GenBank data for west Central African amphibian conservation." PLOS ONE 12 (11):
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Lee, Justin L., Miller, Aryeh H., and Zug, George R. 2017. "Troublesome Trimes: Potential cryptic speciation of the Trimeresurus (Popeia) popeiorum complex (Serpentes: Crotalidae) around the Isthmus of Kra (Myanmar and Thailand)." Zootaxa 4347 (2):301-315.
  • Myers, Edward A., Burgoon, Jamie L., Ray, Julie M., Martínez-Gómez, Juan E., Matías-Ferrer, Noemí, Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Burbrink, Frank T. 2017. "Coalescent Species Tree Inference of Coluber and Masticophis." Copeia 105 (4):642-650.
  • Zug, George R., Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Vindum, Jens V. 2017. "Resurrection of Bronchocela burmana Blanford, 1878 for the Green Crested Lizard (Squamata, Agamidae) of southern Myanmar." ZooKeys 657:141-156.
  • Zúñiga, Jose D., Gostel, Morgan R., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Barker, Katharine, Hill, Asia, Sedaghatpour, Maryam, Vo, Samantha Q., Funk, Vicki Ann, and Coddington, Jonathan A. 2017. "Data Release: DNA barcodes of plant species collected for the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution." PhytoKeys 88:119-122.
  • Jezkova, Tereza, Jaeger, Jef R., Oláh-Hemmings, Viktória, Jones, K. B., Lara-Resendiz, Rafael, Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Riddle, Brett R. 2016. "Range and niche shifts in response to past climate change in the desert horned lizard Phrynosoma platyrhinos." Ecography 39 (5):437-448.
  • Lee, Justin L., Thompson, Adrian, and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2016. "Relationships between Numbers of Vertebrae, Scale Counts, and Body Size, with Implications for Taxonomy in Nightsnakes (Genus: Hypsiglena)." Journal of Herpetology 50 (4):616-620.
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Macdonald, Kenneth S., Brady, Seán G., Meyer, Christopher, Barker, Katharine B., and Coddington, Jonathan. 2016. "Greater than X kb: a quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA." PeerJ 4:e2528.
  • Schachat, Sandra R., Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Mendelson, Joseph R., III. 2016. "Conservation threats and the phylogenetic utility of IUCN Red List rankings in Incilius toads." Conservation Biology 30 (1):72-81.
  • Lee, Justin L., Myint, Kyaw Thura, Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Zug, George R. 2015. "Three Colubrid Snakes New To Myanmar." Herpetology Notes 8:217-220.
  • Reeder, Tod W., Townsend, Ted M., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Noonan, Brice P., Wood, Perry L., Sites, Jack W., and Wiens, John J. 2015. "Integrated Analyses Resolve Conflicts over Squamate Reptile Phylogeny and Reveal Unexpected Placements for Fossil Taxa." PloS One 10 (3):
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Martínez-Gómez, Juan E., Aguirre-León, Gustavo, Cervantes-Pasqualli, Juan, and Zug, George R. 2014. "Rediscovery of an Endemic Vertebrate from the Remote Islas Revillagigedo in the Eastern Pacific Ocean: The Clarión Nightsnake Lost and Found." PLoS ONE 9 (5):1-8.
  • Weisrock, David W., Macey, J. R., Matsui, Masafumi, and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2013. "Molecular phylogenetic reconstruction of the endemic Asian salamander family Hynobiidae (Amphibia, Caudata)." Zootaxa 3626 (1):77.
  • Avila-Pires, Teresa, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Werneck, Fernanda P., and Sites, Jack W. 2012. "Phylogeography of the Teiid Lizard Kentropyx calcarata and the Sphaerodactylid Gonatodes humeralis (Reptilia: Squamata): Testing A Geological Scenario for the Lower Amazon-Tocantins Basins, Amazonia, Brazil." Herpetologica 68 (2):272-287.
  • Mendelson, Joseph R., III, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Snell, Sara, Acevedo, Manuel E., and Campbell, Jonathan A. 2012. "A New Golden Toad (Bufonidae: Incilius) from Northwestern Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico." Journal of Herpetology 46 (4):473-479.
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Noonan, Brice P., Moss, Travis, Townsend, Ted M., Reeder, Tod W., Sites, Jack W., Jr., and Wiens, John J. 2012. "Estimating divergence dates and evaluating dating methods using phylogenomic and mitochondrial data in squamate reptiles." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 65 (3):974-991.
  • Wiens, John J., Hutter, Carl R., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Noonan, Brice P., Townsend, Ted M., Sites, Jack W., Jr., and Reeder, Tod W. 2012. "Resolving the phylogeny of lizards and snakes (Squamata) with extensive sampling of genes and species." Biology Letters 8 (6):1043-1046.
  • Heideman, Neil J. L., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Sites, Jack W., Hendricks, Martin G. J., and Daniels, Savel R. 2011. "Cryptic diversity and morphological convergence in threatened species of fossorial skinks in the genus Scelotes (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Western Cape Coast of South Africa: Implications for species boundaries, digit reduction and conservation." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 61 (3):823-833.
  • Mendelson, Joseph R., III, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Williams, Tyler S., and Sites, Jr,Jack W. 2011. "A Phylogeny and Evolutionary Natural History of Mesoamerican Toads (Anura: Bufonidae: Incilius), based on morphology, life history, and molecular data." Zootaxa 3138:1-34.
  • Mulcahy, Daniel G., Beckstead, Thomas H., and Sites, Jack W., Jr. 2011. "Molecular Systematics of the Leptodeirini (Colubroidea: Dipsadidae) Revisited: Species-tree Analyses and Multi-locus Data." Copeia (3): 407-417.
  • Swei, Andrea, Rowley, Jodi J. L., Rödder, Dennis, Diesmos, Mae L. L., Diesmos, Arvin C., Briggs, Cheryl J., Brown, Rafe, Cao, Trung Tien, Cheng, Tina L., Chong, Rebecca A., Han, Ben, Hero, Jean-Marc, Hoang, Huy Duc, Kusrini, Mirza D., Le Duong, Thi Thuy, McGuire, Jimmy A., Meegaskumbura, Madhava, Min, Mi-Sook, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Neang, Thy, Phimmachak, Somphouthone, Rao, Ding-Qi, Reeder, Natalie M., Schoville, Sean D., Sivongxay, Niane et al. 2011. "Is Chytridiomycosis an Emerging Infectious Disease in Asia?." PLoS ONE 6 (8):1-9.
  • Townsend, Ted M., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Noonan, Brice P., Sites, Jack W., Kuczynski, Caitlin A., Wiens, John J., and Reeder, Tod W. 2011. "Phylogeny of iguanian lizards inferred from 29 nuclear loci, and a comparison of concatenated and species-tree approaches for an ancient, rapid radiation." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 61 (2):363-380.
  • Mendelson, Joseph R., III and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2010. "A new species of toad (Bufonidae: Incilius) from central Panama." Zootaxa (2396): 61-68.
  • Reyes-Velasco, Jacobo and Mulcahy, Daniel G. 2010. "Additional Taxonomic Remarks on the Genus Pseudoleptodeira (Serpentes: Colubridae) and the Phylogenetic Placement of "P. Uribei"." Herpetologica 66 (1):99-110.
  • Wiens, John J., Kuczynski, Caitlin A., Townsend, Ted M., Reeder, Tod W., Mulcahy, Daniel G., and Sites, Jack W., Jr. 2010. "Combining Phylogenomics and Fossils in Higher-Level Squamate Reptile Phylogeny: Molecular Data Change the Placement of Fossil Taxa." Systematic Biology 59 (6):674-688.

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