Frederick H. Sheldon
George H. Lowery, Jr. Professorship
Director of Museum of Natural Science
Curator of Genetic Resources
PhD: Yale University, Biology, 1986
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.
Area of Interest
2016. Burner, R.C., V.L. Chua, M.L. Brady, P. Van Els, P.O.M. Steinhoff, M.A. Rahman, and F.H. Sheldon. An ornithological survey of Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:242-254.
2016. Styring, A.R., R. Ragai, M. Zakaria, and F.H. Sheldon. Foraging ecology and occurrence of 7 sympatric babbler species (Aves: Timaliidae) in the lowland rainforest of Borneo and peninsular Malaysia. Current Zoology 62.
2015. Chua, V. L., Q. Phillipps, H. C. Lim, S. S. Taylor, D. F. Gawin, M. A. Rahman, R. G. Moyle, and F. H. Sheldon. Phylogeography of three endemic birds of Maratua Island, a potential archive of Bornean biogeography. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 63:259-269.
2015. Lim, H.C., F. Zou, and F.H. Sheldon. Genetic differentiation in two widespread, open-forest bird species of Southeast Asia (Copsychus saularis and Megalaima haemacephala): Insights from ecological niche modeling. Current Zoology 61:922-934.
2015. Sheldon, F.H., H.C. Lim, and R.G. Moyle. Return to the Malay Archipelago: the biogeography of Sundaic rainforest birds. Journal of Ornithology 156 (Supplement 1):S91–S113.
2014. Gawin, D.F., M.A. Rahman, M.F.S. Ramji, B.T. Smith, H.C. Lim, R.G. Moyle, and F.H. Sheldon. Patterns of avian diversification in Borneo: the case of the endemic Mountain Black-eye (Chlorocharis emiliae). The Auk: Advances in Ornithology 131:86-99.
2014. Jarvis, E.D., et al. Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science 346:1320-1331.
2014. Lim, H.C., V.L. Chua, P.M. Benham, C.H. Oliveros, M.A. Rahman, R.G. Moyle, and F.H. Sheldon. Divergence history of the Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) of Sundaland: Implications for the biogeography of Palawan and the taxonomy of island species in general. Auk:Advances in Ornithology 131:629-642.
2013. Senior, M.J.M., K.C. Hamer, S.H. Bottrell, D.P. Edwards, T.M. Fayle, J.M. Lucey, P.J. Mayhew, R.J. Newton, K.S.H. Peh, F.H. Sheldon, C. Stewart, A.R. Styring, M.D. Thom, P. Woodcock, and J.K. Hill. Trait-dependent declines of species following conversion of rain forest to oil palm plantations. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:253-268.
2012. Sheldon, F.H., C.H. Oliveros, S.S. Taylor, B. McKay, H.C. Lim, M.A. Rahman, H. Mays, and R.G. Moyle. Molecular phylogeny and insular biogeography of the lowland tailorbirds of Southeast Asia (Cisticolidae: Orthotomus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65:54-63.