Macroevolutionary studies of the evolution of behavior, nanostructures and structural colors, feather morphology, and feather pigmentation patterns all require phylogenetic hypotheses. Since comparative methods are essential to my research, I have a long running interest in phylogenetic reconstruction. Initially based in on morphological characters from the syrinx, skeleton, and plumage, I have begun modest phylogenetic projects based on molecular characters (e.g. Prum et al. 2000). At Yale, I will be expanding my efforts in molecular sequencing and phylogenetic reconstruction, specifically within the suboscine passeriforms, a clade which includes about 10% of all avian biological species. The Yale Molecular Systematics and Conservation Genetics Lab (http://www.yale.edu/yibs/research/ecolab.html) provides advanced facilities and training for graduate and undergraduate students for PCR, DNA sequencing, genetic fingerprinting, and other molecular techniques.
Prum, R. O. 1988. Phylogenetic interrelationships of the barbets (Aves: Capitonidae) and toucans (Aves: Ramphastidae) based on morphology with comparisons to DNA-DNA hybridization. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 92: 313-343.
Cracraft, J., and Prum, R. O. 1988. Patterns and processes of diversification: speciation and historical congruence in some neotropical birds. Evolution 42: 603-620.
Prum, R. O. 1988. Historical relationships among avian forest areas of endemism in the Neotropics. Proceedings of the IXXth International Ornithological Congress Vol. II: 2562-2572.
Prum, R. O., and Lanyon, W. E. 1989. Monophyly and phylogeny of the Schiffornis group (Tyrannoidea). Condor 91: 444-461.
Prum, R. O. 1990. A test of the monophyly of the manakins (Pipridae) and cotingas (Cotingidae) based on morphology. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 722: 1-44.
Prum, R. O. 1992. Syringeal morphology, phylogeny, and evolution of the Neotropical manakins (Aves: Pipridae). American Museum of Natural History Novitates 3043: 1-65.
Prum, R. O. 1993. Phylogeny, biogeography, and evolution of the broadbills (Eurylaimidae) and asities (Philepittidae) based on morphology. Auk 110: 304-324.
Prum, R. O. 1994. Species status of the White-fronted Manakin, Lepidothrix serena (Pipridae), with comments on conservation biology. Condor 96: 692-702.
Mobley, J. A., and Prum, R. O. 1995. Phylogenetic relationships of the Cinnamon Tyrant, Neopipo cinnamomea, to the Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae). Condor 97: 650-662.
Zyskowski, K., and Prum, R. O. 1999. Phylogenetic analysis of nest architecture of the Neotropical ovenbirds (Furnariidae). Auk 116: 891-911.
Prum, R. O., Rice, N. H., Mobley, J. A., and Dimmick, W. W. 2000. A preliminary phylogenetic hypothesis for the cotingas (Cotingidae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Auk 117: 236-241.
Ericson, P. G. P., Zuccon, D., Ohlson, J. I., Alvarenga, H., and Prum, R. O. 2006. Higher-level phylogeny and morphological evolution of tyrant flycatchers, cotingas, manakins, and their allies (Aves:Tyrannida). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 471-483.
Moyle, R. G., Chesser, T., Prum, R. O., Schikler, P., and Cracraft, J. 2006. Phylogeny and evolutionary history of Old World suboscine birds (Aves: Eurylaimides). American Museum Novitates 3544: 1-22.
Ohlson, J. I., Ericson, P. G. P., and Prum, R. O. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of the cotingas (Aves: Cotingidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42: 25-37.