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
  • Carroll, Emma L., McGowen, Michael R., McCarthy, Morgan L., Marx, Felix G., Aguilar, Natacha, Dalebout, Merel L., Dreyer, Sascha, Gaggiotti, Oscar E., Hansen, Sabine S., van Helden, Anton, Onoufriou, Aubrie B., Baird, Robin W., Baker, C. Scott, Berrow, Simon, Cholewiak, Danielle, Claridge, Diane, Constantine, Rochelle, Davison, Nicholas J., Eira, Catarina, Fordyce, R. Ewan, Gatesy, John, Hofmeyr, G. J. Greg, Martin, Vidal, Mead, James G., Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A. et al. 2021. "Speciation in the deep: genomics and morphology reveal a new species of beaked whale Mesoplodon eueu." Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 288, (1961). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.1213.
  • 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.
  • Morin, Phillip A., Alexander, Alana, Blaxter, Mark, Caballero, Susana, Fedrigo, Olivier, Fontaine, Michael C., Foote, Andrew D., Kuraku, Shigehiro, Maloney, Brigid, McCarthy, Morgan L., McGowen, Michael R., Mountcastle, Jacquelyn, Nery, Mariana F., Olsen, Morten Tange, Rosel, Patricia E., and Jarvis, Erich D. 2020. "Building genomic infrastructure: Sequencing platinum-standard reference-quality genomes of all cetacean species." Marine Mammal Science, 36, (4) 1356–1366. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12721.
  • 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.

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