ColinDonihueHeadshotI’m a Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology working primarily with Jonathan Losos. I study the drivers and consequences of functional trait variation in lizards. My research yields insight into human-driven variation in lizard behavioral, morphological, physiological, and performance traits. My field research in Southern Europe, the West Indies, East Africa, and North America makes use of large-scale natural experiments and direct manipulative studies. I also work with 3D analysis techniques on modern and zooarchaeological museum collections. I seek to understand how human land use is redirecting the evolutionary trajectory of lizard populations and broader dynamics of ecological communities.

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Donihue, C.M. Aegean wall lizards switch foraging modes, diet, and morphology in a human-built environment. Ecology and Evolution 6: 7433–7442.

Donihue, C.M. Microgeographic variation in locomotor traits among lizards in a human-built environment. PeerJ 4, e1776.

Donihue, C.M., K.M. Brock, J. Foufopoulos, and A. Herrel. 2015. Feed or fight: Testing the impact of food availability and infraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard. Functional Ecology 30(4): 556-575.

Schmitz, O.J., R.W. Buchkowski, K.T. Burghardt, and C.M. Donihue. 2015. Toward a relational functional traits approach for connecting community-level Interactions with ecosystem functioning. Advances in Ecological Research 52: 319-343. [PDF]

Donihue, C.M., and M.R. Lambert. 2014. Adaptive evolution in urban ecosystems. AMBIO 44(3): 194-203. doi: 10.1007/s13280-014-0547-2. [PDF]

Sagonas, K., P. Pafilis, P. Lymberakis, C.M. Donihue, A. Herrel, E. D. Valakos. 2014. Insularity affects head morphology, bite force and diet in a Mediterranean lizard. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112(3): 469-484. [PDF]

Donihue, C.M., Foufopoulos, J., Riginos, C., Porensky L., Pringle, R.M. 2013. Glade cascades: Indirect legacy effects of pastoralism enhance the abundance and spatial structuring of arboreal fauna. Ecology 94(4) 827-837. [PDF]

Peer-reviewed Natural History Publications:

Donihue, C.M. in press. Podarcis siculus: A breeding population in Boston’s Fenway Victory Gardens. Geographic Distribution Notes: Herpetological Review.

Mossman, A., K. Culhane, Z. Miller, P. Pafilis, C.M. Donihue. 2016. An extreme new record of Natrix natrix from a Mediterranean Islet in Greece. Herpetozoa.

Lambert, M.R., B.A. Goldfarb, G.J. Watkins-Colwell, & M. Donihue. 2016. Podarcis siculus (Italian Wall Lizard). Habitat, invasion of suburban Winchester County, New York. Herpetological Review.

Goldfarb, B.A., M.R. Lambert, M. Donihue, & G.J. Watkins-Colwell. 2016. Podarcis siculus in Winchester County NY. Geographical Distribution Notes: Herpetological Review.

Donihue, C.M., M.R. Lambert, and G.J. Watkins-Colwell. 2015. Podarcis sicula (Italian wall lizard) habitat invasion of suburban New England. Herpetological Review 46(2): 260-261. [PDF]

Donihue, C.M., M.R. Lambert, G.J. Watkins-Colwell. 2014. Podarcis sicula: The first population found in New England. Geographical Distribution Notes: Herpetological Review 45(4): 661-662. [PDF]

Brock K.M., C.M. Donihue, P. Pafilis. 2014. Novel records of frugivory and ovophagy in Podarcis lizards from East Mediterranean Islands. North West Journal of Zoology 10(1): 223-225. [PDF]

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