Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Logan Kistler

Curator of Archaeobotany and Archaeogenomics
Department / Division
Research Interests

I use archaeology, ancient DNA, and genomics to study the domestication of plants and humans' relationships with the environment.You can reach me at Kistler L at SI dot edu.Have a look at our new paper on maize and check back soon!

  • Kistler, Logan, Maezumi, S. Yodhi, Gregorio de Souza. Jonas, Przelomska, Natalia A. S., Malaquias Costa, Flaviane, Smith, Oliver, Loiselle, Hope, Ramos-Madrigal, Jazm, Wales, Nathan, Ribeiro, Eduardo Rivail, Morrison, Ryan R., Grimaldo, Claudia, Prous, Andre P., Arriaza, Bernardo, Gilbert, M. Thomas P., de Oliveira Freitas, Fabio, and Allaby, Robin G. 2018. "Multiproxy evidence highlights a complex evolutionary legacy of maize in South America." Science 362 (6420):1309–1313.
  • Bankoff, Richard J., Jerjos, Michael, Hohman, Baily, Lauterbur, M. E., Kistler, Logan J., and Perry, George H. 2017. "Testing Convergent Evolution in Auditory Processing Genes between Echolocating Mammals and the Aye-Aye, a Percussive-Foraging Primate." Genome Biology and Evolution 9 (7):1978–1989.
  • Kennett, Douglas J., Plog, Stephen, George, Richard J., Culleton, Brendan J., Watson, Adam S., Skoglund, Pontus, Rohland, Nadin, Mallick, Swapan, Stewardson, Kristin, Kistler, Logan J., LeBlanc, Steven A., Whiteley, Peter M., Reich, David, and Perry, George H. 2017. "Archaeogenomic evidence reveals prehistoric matrilineal dynasty." Nature Communications 8:14115.
  • Kennett, Douglas J., Thakar, Heather B., VanDerwarker, Amber M., Webster, David L., Culleton, Brendan J., Harper, Thomas K., Kistler, Logan J., Scheffler, Timothy E., and Hirth, Kenneth. 2017. "High-precision chronology for Central American maize diversification from El Gigante rockshelter, Honduras." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114 (34):9026–9031.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Johnson, Stephen M., Irwin, Mitchell T., Louis, Edward E., Ratan, Aakrosh, and Perry, George H. 2017. "A massively parallel strategy for STR marker development, capture, and genotyping." Nucleic acids research 45 (15):
  • Kistler, Logan J., Ware, Roselyn, Smith, Oliver, Collins, Matthew, and Allaby, Robin G. 2017. "A new model for ancient DNA decay based on paleogenomic meta-analysis." Nucleic acids research 45 (11):6310–6320.
  • Melin, Amanda D., Wells, Konstans, Moritz, Gillian L., Kistler, Logan J., Orkin, Joseph D., Timm, Robert M., Bernard, Henry, Lakim, Maklarin B., Perry, George H., Kawamura, Shoji, and Dominy, Nathaniel J. 2016. "Euarchontan Opsin Variation Brings New Focus to Primate Origins." Molecular biology and evolution 33 (4):1029–1041.
  • Allaby, Robin G., Kistler, Logan J., Gutaker, Rafal M., Ware, Roselyn, Kitchen, James L., Smith, Oliver, and Clarke, Andrew C. 2015. "Archaeogenomic insights into the adaptation of plants to the human environment: pushing plant-hominin co-evolution back to the Pliocene." Journal of human evolution 79:150–157.
  • Brown, Terence A., Cappellini, Enrico, Kistler, Logan J., Lister, Diane L., Oliveira, Hugo R., Wales, Nathan, and Schlumbaum, Angela. 2015. "Recent advances in ancient DNA research and their implications for archaeobotany." Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 24 (1):207–214.
  • Cahill, James A., Stirling, Ian, Kistler, Logan J., Salamzade, Rauf, Ersmark, Erik, Fulton, Tara L., Stiller, Mathias, Green, Richard E., and Shapiro, Beth. 2015. "Genomic evidence of geographically widespread effect of gene flow from polar bears into brown bears." Molecular ecology 24 (6):1205–1217.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Newsom, Lee A., Ryan, Timothy M., Clarke, Andrew C., Smith, Bruce D., and Perry, George H. 2015. "Gourds and squashes (Cucurbita spp.) adapted to megafaunal extinction and ecological anachronism through domestication." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 201516109.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Ratan, Aakrosh, Godfrey, Laurie R., Crowley, Brooke E., Hughes, Cris E., Lei, Runhua, Cui, Yinqiu, Wood, Mindy L., Muldoon, Kathleen M., Andriamialison, Haingoson, McGraw, John J., Tomsho, Lynn P., Schuster, Stephan C., Miller, Webb, Louis, Edward E., Yoder, Anne D., Malhi, Ripan S., and Perry, George H. 2015. "Comparative and population mitogenomic analyses of Madagascar's extinct, giant 'subfossil' lemurs." Journal of human evolution 79:45–54.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Smith, Oliver, Ware, Roselyn, Momber, Garry, Bates, Richard, Garwood, Paul, Fitch, Simon, Pallen, Mark, Gaffney, Vincent, and Allaby, Robin. 2015. "Thermal age, cytosine deamination and the veracity of 8,000 year old wheat DNA from sediments." BioRxiv -.
  • Perry, George H., Kistler, Logan J., Kelaita, Mary A., and Sams, Aaron J. 2015. "Insights into hominin phenotypic and dietary evolution from ancient DNA sequence data." Journal of human evolution 79:55–63.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Montenegro, Álvaro, Smith, Bruce D., Gifford, John A., Green, Richard E., Newsom, Lee A., and Shapiro, Beth. 2014. "Transoceanic drift and the domestication of African bottle gourds in the Americas." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (8):2937–2941.
  • Kistler, Logan J., Haney, Jennifer M., and Newsom, Lee A. 2013. "Experimental investigation of pathogenic stress on phytolith formation in Cucurbita pepo var. texana (wild gourd)." Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 22 (3):165–170.

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  • Wales, Nathan and Kistler, Logan. 2019. "Extraction of Ancient DNA from Plant Remains." in Ancient DNA: Methods and Protocols, edited by Shapiro, Beth, Barlow, Axel, Heintzman, Peter D., Hofreiter, Michael, Pajimans, Johanna L. A., and Soares, Andre E. R., 45–56. New York: Humana Press.
  • Kistler, Logan. 2018. "Paleoethnobotany and Ancient DNA Analysis." in The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences, 1–5. American Cancer Society.
  • Fritz, G. J., Bruno, M. C., Langlie, B. S., Smith, Bruce D., and Kistler, Logan J. 2017. "Cultigen Chenopods in the Americas: A Hemispherical Perspective." in Social Perspectives from Environmental Archaeology: Food, Place, and People, edited by Sayre, Matthew P. and Bruno, Maria C., 55–75. New York: Springer.
  • Kistler, Logan J. 2012. "Ancient DNA Extraction from Plants." in Methods in Molecular Biology: Ancient DNA, edited by Shapiro, B. and Hofreiter, M., 71–79. New York: Humana Press.