Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Makiri Sei

Support Scientist
Department / Division
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 2006
  • B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin, 1998 
Research Interests

Phylogenetics, taxonomy, ecology, and conservation of neotropical land snails.


K. Stanislawczyk, A. D. Walters, T. J. Haan, M. Sei, B. K. Lang, and D. J. Berg. (2018). Variation among macroinvertebrate communities suggests the importance of conserving desert springs. Aquatic Conservation, 28: 944-953.

M. Sei, D. G. Robinson, A. J. Geneva, and G. Rosenberg. (2017). Doubled helix: Sagdoidea is the overlooked sister group of Helicoidea (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Pulmonata). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 122: 697-728.

Morningstar, C. R., K. Inoue, M. Sei, B. K. Lang, and D. J. Berg. (2014). Quantifying morphological and genetic variation of sympatric populations to guide conservation of endangered, micro-endemic springsnails. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 24: 536-545.

Sei, M., B. K. Lang, and D. J. Berg. (2009). Genetic and community similarities are correlated in endemic-rich springs of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 18: 192-201.

Sei, M. (2009). The habitat use and oviposition behavior of female maritime ringlet (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDonnough), an endangered butterfly. Journal of Insect Behavior, 22: 87-100.

Sei, M. and A. H. Porter. (2007). Delimiting species boundaries and the conservation genetics of the endangered maritime ringlet butterfly (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDunnough). Molecular Ecology, 16: 3313-3325.

Sei, M. (2004). Larval adaptation of the endangered maritime ringlet Coenonympha tullia nipisiquit McDonnough (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) to a saline wetland habitat. Environmental Entomology, 33: 1535-1540.

Sei, M. and A. H. Porter. (2003). Microhabitat-specific early larval survival rate of the maritime ringlet (Coenonympha inornata nipisiquit, Nymphalidae, Lepidoptera). Animal Conservation, 6, Part 1: 55-61