I’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.
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]
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