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BIOL 312 Vertebrate Biology

BIOL 323 Molecular Markers in Evolution



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Jeanne Robertson portrait

Jeanne Robertson, Assistant Professor

Email: jeanne.robertson@csun.edu

Office: Chaparral Hall 5318

Lab: Chaparral Hall 5301

Paper mail: Department of Biology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8303

Phone: soon

Fax: 818-677-2034


Post Doctoral Associate (2010 - present). Colorado State University, Department of Biology. Advisor: Chris Funk
Post Doctoral Associate (2008 - 2010). University of Idaho, Biological Sciences. Advisor: Erica Bree Rosenblum
Ph.D. (2008). Cornell University. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dissertation Advisor: Kelly Zamudio
M.S. (2002). Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dept of Zoology. Thesis Advisor: Karen Lips

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in microevolutionary processes that mediate population and lineage diversification. Specific interests include: natural and sexual selection, spatial patterns of genes, phenotype, and behavior, the evolution and functional significance of color pattern in amphibians and reptiles, population genetics, ecological speciation, and biogeography of Central America.


Publications (*student)


Robertson, J. M., and A. Vega. 2011. Genetic and phenotypic variation in a colourful treefrog across five geographic barriers. J. Biogeogr. Online early.

Robertson, J. M., K. Hoversten, M. Gründler, T. J. Poorten, D. K. Hews, and E. B. Rosenblum. 2011. Colonization of novel White Sands habitat is associated with changes in lizard anti-predator behaviour. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 103:657-667.

Robertson, J.M. and L.M. Chan. In press. Species richness in a tropical biodiversity hotspot. J. Biogeogr. [Commentary].


Robertson, J., A. Vega, and G. Chaves. 2010. Agalychnis spurelli. Geographic range expansion. Herpetological Review 40:361.

Robertson, J. M., and E. B. Rosenblum. 2010. Male territoriality and 'sex confusion' in recently adapted lizards at White Sands. J. Evol. Biol. 23:1928-1936.

Yoder, J. B., E. Clancey, S. Des Roches, J. M. Eastman, L. Gentry, W. Godsoe, T. J. Hagey, D. Jochimsen, B. P. Oswald, J. Robertson, B. A. J. Sarver, J. J. Schenk, S. F. Spear, and L. J. Harmon. Ecological opportunity and the origin of adaptive radiations. 2010. J. Evol. Biol. 23:1581-1596.


Robertson, J., and E. B. Rosenblum. 2009. Rapid divergence of social signal colouration across the White Sands ecotone for three lizard species under strong natural selection. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 98:243-255.

Robertson, J. M., M. C. Duryea, and K. R. Zamudio. 2009. Discordant patterns of evolutionary differentiation in two Neotropical treefrogs. Mol. Ecol. 18:1375-1395.

Robertson, J. M., and K. R. Zamudio. 2009. Vicariance and localized selection contribute to phenotypic diversification in a polytypic frog. J. Hered.

Ohmer, M. E., J. M. Robertson, and K. R. Zamudio. 2009. Discordance in body size, color pattern, and advertisement call across genetically distinct regions of a Neotropical anuran (Dendropsophus ebraccatus). Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 97:298-313.

Zamudio, K., J. Robertson, L. Chan, and I. Sazima. 2009. Population structure in an extreme narrow endemic: evidence for drift offset by asymmetrical migration in a tiny geographic range. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 97:259 - 274.

Zayas, V., J. A. Tabak, G. Günayd´yn, and J. M. Robertson. 2009. A social-cognitive model to human behavior offers a more parsimonious account of emotional expressivity [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Robertson, J. M., K. R. Lips, and E. J. Heist. 2008. Fine scale gene flow and individual movements among subpopulations of Centrolene prosoblepon (Anura : Centrolenidae). Rev. Biol. Trop. 56:13-26.

Robertson, J. M., and A. D. Robertson. 2008. Spatial and temporal patterns of phenotypic variation in a Neotropical frog. J. Biogeogr. 35:830-843.

Rosenbaum, P. A., J. M. Robertson, and K. R. Zamudio. 2007. Unexpectedly low genetic divergences among populations of the threatened bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii). Conserv. Genet. 8:331-342.

Robertson, J. M., C. L. Cardelus, and M. I. Williams. 2007. Enulius sclateri (White-headed snake). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 38:466-467.

Vriesendorp, C., and J. Robertson. 2007. Urotheca (Pliocercus) euryzonus (halloween snake). Diet. . Herpetological Review 38:470-471.

Greig, C., J. M. Robertson, and M. A. Banks. 2002. Rapid PCR-based species tests for sympatric salmonids. Conserv. Genet. 3:83-86.