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!

  • Allaby, Robin G., Stevens, Chris J., Kistler, Logan, and Fuller, Dorian Q. 2022. "Emerging evidence of plant domestication as a landscape-level process." Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 37, (3) 268–279.
  • Capriles, Jose M., Santoro, Calogero M., George, Richard J., Bedregal, Eliana Flores, Kennett, Douglas J., Kistler, Logan, and Rothhammer, Francisco. 2021. "Pre-Columbian transregional captive rearing of Amazonian parrots in the Atacama Desert." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118, (15).
  • Marciniak, Stephanie, Mughal, Mehreen R., Godfrey, Laurie R., Bankoff, Richard J., Randrianatoandro, Heritiana, Crowley, Brooke E., Bergey, Christina M., Muldoon, Kathleen M., Randrianasy, Jeannot, Raharivololona, Brigitte M., Schuster, Stephan C., Malhi, Ripan S., Yoder, Anne D., Louis, Edward E., Jr., Kistler, Logan, and Perry, George H. 2021. "Evolutionary and phylogenetic insights from a nuclear genome sequence of the extinct, giant, "subfossil" koala lemur Megaladapis edwardsi." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118, (26).
  • Sacks, Benjamin N., Mitchell, Kieren J., Quinn, Cate B., Hennelly, Lauren M., Sinding, Mikkel-Holger S., Statham, Mark J., Preckler-Quisquater, Sophie, Fain, Steven R., Kistler, Logan, Vanderzwan, Stevi L., Meachen, Julie A., Ostrander, Elaine A., and Frantz, Laurent A. F. 2021. "Pleistocene origins, western ghost lineages, and the emerging phylogeographic history of the red wolf and coyote." Molecular ecology,
  • Simon, Marcelo F., Mendoza Flores, J. Moises, Liu, Hsiao-Lei, Lopes Martins, Marcio Lacerda, Drovetski, Sergei, V., Przelomska, Natalia A. S., Loiselle, Hope, Cavalcanti, Taciana B., Inglis, Peter W., Mueller, Natalie G., Allaby, Robin G., Freitas, Fabio de Oliveira, and Kistler, Logan. 2021. "Phylogenomic analysis points to a South American origin of Manihot and illuminates the primary gene pool of cassava." New Phytologist,
  • Spengler, Robert N., Petraglia, Michael, Roberts, Patrick, Ashastina, Kseniia, Kistler, Logan, Mueller, Natalie G., and Boivin, Nicole. 2021. "Exaptation Traits for Megafaunal Mutualisms as a Factor in Plant Domestication." Frontiers in Plant Science, 12.
  • Andermann, Tobias, Torres Jiménez, Maria Fernanda, Matos-Maraví, Pável, Batista, Romina, Blanco-Pastor, Jos, Gustafsson, A. L., Kistler, Logan, Liberal, Isabel M., Oxelman, Bengt, Bacon, Christine D., and Antonelli, Alexandre. 2020. "A Guide to Carrying Out a Phylogenomic Target Sequence Capture Project." Frontiers in Genetics, 10 Article 1407.
  • Gaffney, Vincent, Fitch, Simon, Bates, Martin, Ware, Roselyn L., Kinnaird, Tim, Gearey, Benjamin, Hill, Tom, Telford, Richard, Batt, Cathy, Stern, Ben, Whittaker, John, Davies, Sarah, Sharada, Mohammed Ben, Everett, Rosie, Cribdon, Rebecca, Kistler, Logan, Harris, Sam, Kearney, Kevin, Walker, James, Muru, Merle, Hamilton, Derek, Law, Matthew, Finlay, Alex, Bates, Richard, and Allaby, Robin G. 2020. "Multi-proxy evidence for the impact of the Storegga Slide Tsunami on the early Holocene landscapes of the southern North Sea." Geosciences, 10, (7) Article 270.
  • Kistler, Logan, Bieker, Vanessa C., Martin, Michael D., Pedersen, Mikkel Winther, Madrigal, Jazmín Ramos, and Wales, Nathan. 2020. "Ancient Plant Genomics in Archaeology, Herbaria, and the Environment." Annual Review of Plant Biology, 71 605–629.
  • Kistler, Logan, Thakar, Heather B., VanDerwarker, Amber M., Domic, Alejandra, Bergström, Anders, George, Richard J., Harper, Thomas K., Allaby, Robin G., Hirth, Kenneth, and Kennett, Douglas J. 2020. "Archaeological Central American maize genomes suggest ancient gene flow from South America." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117, (52) 33124–33129.
  • Przelomska, Natalia A. S., Armstrong, Chelsey G., and Kistler, Logan J. 2020. "Ancient Plant DNA as a Window Into the Cultural Heritage and Biodiversity of Our Food System." Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8 74.
  • Allaby, Robin G., Ware, Roselyn L., and Kistler, Logan J. 2019. "A re-evaluation of the domestication bottleneck from archaeogenomic evidence." Evolutionary Applications, 12, (1) 29–37. (Special Issue: Genomics of Domestication)
  • Austin, Rita M., Sholts, Sabrina B., Williams, LaShanda, Kistler, Logan, and Hofman, Courtney A. 2019. "To curate the molecular past, museums need a carefully considered set of best practices." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116, (5) 1471–1474.
  • Calo, Cristina Marilin, Rizzutto, Marcia A., Watling, Jennifer, Furquim, Laura, Shock, Myrtle P., Andrello, Avacir C., Appoloni, Carlos R., Freitas, Fabio O., Kistler, Logan, Zimpel, Carlos A., Hermenegildo, Tiago, Neves, Eduardo G., and Pugliese, Francisco A. 2019. "Study of plant remains from a fluvial shellmound (Monte Castelo, RO, Brazil) using the X-ray MicroCT imaging technique." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 26 Article–number 101902.
  • Smith, Oliver, Nicholson, William V., Kistler, Logan, Mace, Emma, Clapham, Alan, Rose, Pamela, Stevens, Chris, Ware, Roselyn, Samavedam, Siva, Barker, Guy, Jordan, David, Fuller, Dorian Q., and Allaby, Robin G. 2019. "A domestication history of dynamic adaptation and genomic deterioration in Sorghum." Nature Plants, 5, (4) 369–379.
  • Wales, Nathan and Kistler, Logan. 2019. "Extraction of Ancient DNA from Plant Remains." In Ancient DNA: Methods and Protocols. Shapiro, Beth, Barlow, Axel, Heintzman, Peter D., Hofreiter, Michael, Pajimans, Johanna L. A., and Soares, Andre E. R., editors. 45–56. New York: Humana Press.
  • George, Richard J., Plog, Stephen, Watson, Adam S., Schmidt, Kari L., Culleton, Brendan J., Harper, Thomas K., Gilman, Patricia A., LeBlanc, Steven A., Amato, George, Whiteley, Peter, Kistler, Logan, and Kennett, Douglas J. 2018. "Archaeogenomic evidence from the southwestern US points to a pre-Hispanic scarlet macaw breeding colony." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115, (35) 8740–8745.
  • Kedzierska, Katarzyna Z., Gerber, Livia, Cagnazzi, Daniele, Krützen, Michael, Ratan, Aakrosh, Kistler, Logan, and Berger, Bonnie. 2018. "SONiCS: PCR stutter noise correction in genome-scale microsatellites." Bioinformatics, 34, (23) 4115–4117.
  • Kistler, Logan. 2018. "Paleoethnobotany and Ancient DNA Analysis." In The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. 1–5. American Cancer Society.
  • 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.
  • 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. Sayre, Matthew P. and Bruno, Maria C., editors. 55–75. New York: Springer.
  • 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.
  • Kistler, Logan J. 2012. "Ancient DNA Extraction from Plants." In Methods in Molecular Biology: Ancient DNA. Shapiro, B. and Hofreiter, M., editors. 71–79. New York: Humana Press.

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