Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Michael McGowen

Research Scientist and Curator of Marine Mammals
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Research Interests
  • Evolution and systematics of marine mammals, especially cetaceans
  • Genomics and molecular evolution of marine mammals
  • Combining morphology and molecules to investigate diversity through time
  • Museum specimens as genetic resources
Publications
Article
  • McGowen, Michael R., Tsagkogeorga, Georgia, Álvarez-Carretero, Sandra, Dos Reis, Mario, Struebig, Monika, Deaville, Robert, Jepson, Paul D., Jarman, Simon, Polanowski, Andrea, Morin, Phillip A., and Rossiter, Stephen J. 2019. "Phylogenomic Resolution of the Cetacean Tree of Life Using Target Sequence Capture." Systematic Biology https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syz068
  • Armstrong, D. L., McGowen, M. R., Weckle, A., Pantham, P., Caravas, J., Agnew, D., Benirschke, K., Savage-Rumbaugh, S., Nevo, E., Kim, C. J., Wagner, G. P., Romero, R., and Wildman, D. E. 2017. "The core transcriptome of mammalian placentas and the divergence of expression with placental shape." Placenta 57:71–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.placenta.2017.04.015
  • Weckle, A., McGowen, M. R., Xing, J., Chen, C., Sterner, K. N., Hou, Z. C., Romero, R., and Wildman, D. E. 2017. "Ancestral resurrection of anthropoid estrogen receptor beta demonstrates functional consequences of positive selection." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 117:2–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2017.09.007
  • Cammen, K. M., Andrews, K. R., Carroll, E. L., Foote, A. D., Humble, E., Khudyakov, J. I., Louis, M., McGowen, M. R., Olsen, M. T., and Van Cise, A. M. 2016. "Genomic Methods Take the Plunge: Recent Advances in High-Throughput Sequencing of Marine Mammals." The Journal of heredity 107 (6):481–495. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esw044
  • Fang, X., Nevo, E., Han, L., Levanon, E. Y., Zhao, J., Avivi, A., Larkin, D., Jiang, X., Feranchuk, S., Zhu, Y., Fishman, A., Feng, Y., Sher, N., Xiong, Z., Hankeln, T., Huang, Z., Gorbunova, V., Zhang, L., Zhao, W., Wildman, D. E., Xiong, Y., Gudkov, A., Zheng, Q., Rechavi, G., Liu, S. et al. 2015. "Corrigendum: Genome-wide adaptive complexes to underground stresses in blind mole rats Spalax." Nature communications 6:8051. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9051
  • Tsagkogeorga, G., McGowen, M. R., Davies, K. T., Jarman, S., Polanowski, A., Bertelsen, M. F., and Rossiter, S. J. 2015. "A phylogenomic analysis of the role and timing of molecular adaptation in the aquatic transition of cetartiodactyl mammals." Royal Society open science 2 (9):150156. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150156
  • Fang, X., Nevo, E., Han, L., Levanon, E. Y., Zhao, J., Avivi, A., Larkin, D., Jiang, X., Feranchuk, S., Zhu, Y., Fishman, A., Feng, Y., Sher, N., Xiong, Z., Hankeln, T., Huang, Z., Gorbunova, V., Zhang, L., Zhao, W., Wildman, D. E., Xiong, Y., Gudkov, A., Zheng, Q., Rechavi, G., Liu, S. et al. 2014. "Genome-wide adaptive complexes to underground stresses in blind mole rats Spalax." Nature communications 5:3966. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4966
  • McGowen, M. R., Erez, O., Romero, R., and Wildman, D. E. 2014. "The evolution of embryo implantation." The International journal of developmental biology 58 (2-4):155–161. https://doi.org/10.1387/ijdb.140020dw
  • McGowen, M. R., Gatesy, J., and Wildman, D. E. 2014. "Molecular evolution tracks macroevolutionary transitions in Cetacea." Trends in ecology & evolution 29 (6):336–346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2014.04.001
  • Montgomery, S. H., Geisler, J. H., McGowen, M. R., Fox, C., Marino, L., and Gatesy, J. 2013. "The evolutionary history of cetacean brain and body size." Evolution 67 (11):3339–3353. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12197
  • Stempfle, G., McGowen, M. R., Caravas, J. A., and Wildman, D. E. 2013. "From PPROM to caul: The evolution of membrane rupture in mammals." Applied & translational genomics 2:70–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atg.2013.08.002

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