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
  • Moura, Andre E., Shreves, Kypher, Pilot, Malgorzata, Andrews, Kimberly R., Moore, Daniel M., Kishida, Takushi, Moeller, Luciana, Natoli, Ada, Gaspari, Stefania, McGowen, Michael, Chen, Ing, Gray, Howard, Gore, Mauvis, Culloch, Ross M., Kiani, Muhammad S., Willson, Maia Sarrouf, Bulushi, Asma, Collins, Tim, Baldwin, Robert, Willson, Andrew, Minton, Gianna, Ponnampalam, Louisa, and Hoelzel, A. Rus. 2021. "Corrigendum to Phylogenomics of the genus Tursiops and closely related delphininae reveals extensive reticulation among lineages and provides inference about eco-evolutionary drivers (vol 146, 106756, 2020)." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 157:107047-107047. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2020.107047
  • Nesi, Nicolas, Tsagkogeorga, Georgia, Tsang, Susan M., Nicolas, Violaine, Lalis, Aude, Scanlon, Annette T., Riesle-Sbarbaro, Silke A., Wiantoro, Sigit, Hitch, Alan T., Juste, Javier, Pinzari, Corinna A., Bonaccorso, Frank J., Todd, Christopher M., Lim, Burton K., Simmons, Nancy B., McGowen, Michael R., and Rossiter, Stephen J. 2021. "Interrogating Phylogenetic Discordance Resolves Deep Splits in the Rapid Radiation of Old World Fruit Bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae)." Systematic Biology 70 (6):1077-1089. https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syab013
  • Springer, Mark S., Guerrero-Juarez, Christian F., Huelsmann, Matthias, Collin, Matthew A., Danil, Kerri, McGowen, Michael R., Oh, Ji Won, Ramos, Raul, Hiller, Michael, Plikus, Maksim V., and Gatesy, John. 2021. "Genomic and anatomical comparisons of skin support independent adaptation to life in water by cetaceans and hippos." Current Biology 31 (10):2124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.02.057
  • Galatius, Anders, Racicot, Rachel, McGowen, Michael, and Olsen, Morten Tange. 2020. "Evolution and Diversification of Delphinid Skull Shapes." Iscience 23 (10):101543-101543. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101543
  • McGowen, Michael R., Murphy, Katherine R., Ndong, Ibrahima, Potter, Charles W., and Keith-Diagne, Lucy. 2020. "The complete mitochondrial genome of the critically endangered Atlantic humpback dolphin, Sousa teuszii (Kükenthal, 1892)." Mitochondrial DNA Part B. Resources 5 (1):257-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2019.1700196
  • 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. 2020. "Phylogenomic Resolution of the Cetacean Tree of Life Using Target Sequence Capture." Systematic Biology 69 (3):479-501. https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syz068
  • McGowen, Michael R., Tsagkogeorga, Georgia, Williamson, Joseph, Morin, Phillip A., and Rossiter, Stephen J. 2020. "Positive selection and inactivation in the vision and hearing genes of cetaceans." Molecular biology and evolution 37 (7):2069-2083. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa070
  • Moura, Andre E., Shreves, Kypher, Pilot, Małgorzata, Andrews, Kimberly R., Moore, Daniel M., Kishida, Takushi, Möller, Luciana, Natoli, Ada, Gaspari, Stefania, McGowen, Michael, Chen, Ing, Gray, Howard, Gore, Mauvis, Culloch, Ross M., Kiani, Muhammad S., Sarrouf Willson, Maia, Bulushi, Asma, Collins, Tim, Baldwin, Robert, Willson, Andrew, Minton, Gianna, Ponnampalam, Louisa, and Rus Hoelzel, A. 2020. "Phylogenomics of the genus Tursiops and closely related Delphininae reveals extensive reticulation among lineages and provides inference about eco-evolutionary drivers." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 146:Article 106756. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106756
  • Vu, Long, McGowen, Michael R., Potter, Charles W., Tho, Truong Anh, Hyang, Kuit Sui, Abdel-Raheem, Salma T., and Hines, Ellen. 2020. "New Records of Fraser's Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) from the Whale Temples and Fishing Communities of Vietnam." Aquatic Mammals 46 (4):395-401. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.46.4.2020.395
  • Zhang, Peijun, Zhao, Yong, Li, Chang, Lin, Mingli, Dong, Lijun, Zhang, Rui, Liu, Mingzhong, Li, Kuan, Zhang, He, Liu, Xiaochuan, Zhang, Yaolei, Yuan, Yuan, Liu, Huan, Seim, Inge, Sun, Shuai, Du, Xiao, Chang, Yue, Li, Feida, Liu, Shanshan, Lee, Simon Ming-Yuen, Wang, Kun, Wang, Ding, Wang, Xianyan, McGowen, Michael R., Jefferson, Thomas A. et al. 2020. "An Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin Genome Reveals Insights into Chromosome Evolution and the Demography of a Vulnerable Species." Iscience 23 (10):101640-101640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101640

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