Frederick H. Sheldon

Frederick  H.  Sheldon

George H. Lowery, Jr. Professorship
Director of Museum of Natural Science
Curator of Genetic Resources
SEE Division

PhD: Yale University, Biology, 1986

Phone: 225-578-2887
Fax: 225-578-3075

Office: 204 Foster Hall
Website:  Sheldon Lab

Area of Interest

I have two fundamental areas of research interest: the evolution and systematics of birds, and the natural history of the birds of the Malay archipelago. My research in systematics emphasizes the reconstruction of phylogenies of bird families and use of phylogeny as a framework for the study of the evolution of modern-day ecology, behavior, and distribution. Among my recent projects are evolutionary investigations of nest-construction in swallows, vocalizations and morphology in herons, and seed-caching and brain-size in chickadees. My work in S.E. Asia is concentrated mainly in Borneo, where I am conducting a variety of studies with students and collaborators.

Selected Publications

2021. Shakya, S.B., T. Haryoko, M. Irham, Suparno, D. M. Prawiradilaga, and F. H. Sheldon. Genomic investigation of colour polymorphism and phylogeographic variation among populations of Black-Headed Bulbul (Brachypodius atriceps) in insular Southeast Asia. Molecular Ecology 30:4757-4770.

2020. Burner, R.C., A.J. Boyce, A.R. Styring, S.B. Shakya, D. Bernasconi, C. Boer, M.A. Rahman, T.E. Martin, F.H. Sheldon. Biotic interactions help explain variation in elevational range limits of birds among Bornean mountains. Journal of Biogeography 47:760-771.

2020. Feng, S, et al. Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics. Nature 587 (7833):252-257.

2020. Harvey, M.G., et al. The evolution of a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Science 370:1343-1348.

2020. Haryoko, T., O. Johnson, M.L. Brady, S.B. Shakya, M. Irham, Yohanna, R.P. Ritonga, D.M. Prawiradilaga, and F.H. Sheldon. Recent ornithological expeditions to Siberut Island, Mt. Talamau and Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve, Sumatra, Indonesia. Truebia 47:13-38.

2020. Lim, H.C., S.B. Shakya, M.G. Harvey, R.G. Moyle, R.C. Fleischer, M.J. Braun, and F.H. Sheldon. Opening the door to greater phylogeographic inference in Southeast Asia: Comparative genomic study of five co-distributed rainforest bird species using target capture and historical DNA. Ecology and Evolution 10:3222-3247.

2020. Shakya, S.B., M. Irham, M.L. Brady, T. Haryoko, Y.S. Fitriana, O. Johnson, M.A. Rahman, N.J. Robi, R.G. Moyle, D.M. Prawiradilaga, and F.H. Sheldon. Observations on the relationships of some Sundaic passerine taxa (Aves: Passeriformes) previously unavailable for molecular phylogenetic study. Journal of Ornithology: DOI: 10.1007/s10336-020-01766-9.

2019. Boyce, A.J., S.B. Shakya, F.H. Sheldon, R.G. Moyle, and T.E. Martin. Biotic interactions are the dominant drivers of phylogenetic and functional structure in bird communities along a tropical elevational gradient. The Auk: Advances in Ornithology 136. DOI: 10.1093/auk/ukz054.

2019. Burner, R.C., A.R. Styring, M.A. Rahman, and F.H. Sheldon. Occupancy patterns and upper range limits of lowland Bornean birds along an elevational gradient. Journal of Biogeography 46:2583-2596.

2019. McGuire, H.L., S.S. Taylor, and F.H. Sheldon. Evaluating the taxonomic status of the Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) using morphological, behavioral, and genetic evidence. The Auk: Advances in Ornithology 136. DOI: 10.1093/auk/uky010.