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Borja Milá

Publications in Scientific Journals (updated 28-Feb-2017)

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Bourgeois, Y.X.C., B.Delahaie, M.Gautier, E.Lhuillier, P.-J.G. Malé, J.A.M. Bertrand, J.Cornuault, K.Wakamatsu, O.Bouchez, C.Mould, J.Bruxaux, H.Holota, B.Milá*, C.Thébaud*.2017. A novel locus on chromosome 1 underlies the evolution of a melanic plumage polymorphism in a wild songbird. Royal Society Open Science, In press.*: senior co-authors.

Morinha, F., J. A. Dávila, E. Bastos, J. A. Cabral, O. Frías, J. L. González, P. Travassos, D. Carvalho, B. Milá*, G. Blanco*. 2017. Extreme genetic structure in a social bird species despite high dispersal capacity. Molecular Ecology, In press. *: senior co-authors.

Friis, G., P. Aleixandre, R. Rodríguez-Estrella, A. Navarro-Sigüenza, B. Milá. 2016. Rapid postglacial diversification and long-term stasis within the songbird genus Junco: phylogeographic and phylogenomic evidence. Molecular Ecology, In press.

Caminer, M. A., B. Milá, M. Jansen, A. Fouquet, P. J. Venegas, G. Chávez, A. Chek, S. R. Ron. 2017. Systematics of the Dendropsophus leucophyllatus species complex (Anura: Hylidae): cryptic diversity and the description of two new species. PloS One, In press.

Moens, M., J. Perez-Tris, B. Milá, L. Benítez. 2017. The biological background of a recurrently emerging infectious disease: prevalence, diversity and host specificity of Avipoxvirus in wild Neotropical birds. Journal of Avian Biology, In press.

Toews, D., A. Brelsford, C. Grossen, B. Milá, D. Irwin. 2016. Genomic variation across the yellow-rumped warbler species complex. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 133:698-717.

Bourgeois, Y. X. C., J. A. M. Bertrand, B. Delahaie, J. Cornuault, T. Duval, B. Milá*, C. Thébaud*. 2016. Candidate gene analysis suggests untapped genetic complexity in melanin-based pigmentation in birds. Journal of Heredity, 2016:327-335.  *: senior co-authors

Bertrand, J. A. M., B. Delahaie, Y. X. C. Bourgeois, T. Duval, R. García-Jiménez, J. Cornuault, B. Pujol, C. Thébaud, B. Milá. 2016. The role of selection and historical factors in driving population differentiation along an elevational gradient in an island passerine bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29:824-836.

Alvarez, S., J. F. Salter, J. E. McCormack, B. Milá. 2015. Speciation in mountain refugia: phylogeography and demographic history of the pine siskin and black-capped siskin complex. Journal of Avian Biology, 47:335-345.

Cornuault, J., B. Delahaie, J.A.M. Bertrand, Y.X.C. Bourgeois, B. Milá, P. Heeb, C. Thébaud. 2015. Morphological and plumage    colour variation in the Réunion grey white-eye (Aves: Zosterops borbonicus): assessing the role of selection. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114(2):459-473.

San-Jose, LM, M. Peñalver-Alcázar, B. Milá, V. Gonzalez-Jimena and P. S. Fitze. 2014. Cumulative frequency-dependent  selective episodes allow for rapid morph cycles and rock-paper-scissors dynamics in species with overlapping generations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281:20140976.

Horreo, J. L., J. C. Alonso, C. Palacín, B. Milá. 2014. Genetic structure in Iberian and Moroccan populations of the globally threatened great bustard Otis tarda: a microsatellite perspective. Journal of Avian Biology, 45:1-7.

Horreo, J. L., J. C. Alonso, B. Milá. 2014.DNA sequences from the Little Brown Bustard Eupodotis humilis suggest its close phylogenetic relationship to the Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax. Ostrich, 85(1):1-5.

Bertrand, J. A. M., Y. X. Bourgeois, B. Delahaie, T. Duval, R. Garcia-Jiménez, J. Cornuault, P. Heeb, B. Milá, B. Pujol, C. Thébaud. 2014. Extremely reduced dispersal and gene flow in an island bird. Heredity, 112:190-196.

Arbeláez-Cortés, E., B. Milá, A. G. Navarro-Sigüenza. 2014. Multilocus analysis of intraspecific differentiation in three endemic bird species from the northern Neotropical dry forest. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70:362-377.

Cornuault, J., J. Bertrand, B. Warren, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2013. Timing and number of colonizations but not diversification rates affect diversity patterns in hemosporidian lineages on a remote oceanic archipelago. American Naturalist, 182:820-833.

Horreo, J. L., C. Palacín, J. C. Alonso, B. Milá. 2013. A link between historical population decline in the threatened great bustard and human expansion in Iberia: evidence from genetic and demographic data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 110(3):518-527.

Milá, B., Y. Surget-Groba, B. Heulin, A. Gosá, P. S. Fitze. 2013. Multilocus phylogeography of the common lizard Zootoca vivipara at the Ibero-Pyrenean suture zone reveals lowland barriers and high elevation introgression. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13:192.

Bourgeois, Y. X. C., E. Lhuillier, T. Cézard, J. A. M. Bertrand, B. Delahaie, J. Cornuault, T. Duval, O. Bouchez, B. Milá, C. Thébaud. 2013. Mass production of SNP markers in a nonmodel passerine bird through RAD sequencing and contig mapping to the zebra finch genome. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13(5):899-907.

Aleixandre, P., J. Hérnandez-Montoya, B. Milá. 2013. Speciation on oceanic islands: rapid adaptive divergence vs. cryptic speciation in a Guadalupe Island songbird (Aves: Junco). PLOS ONE, 8(5): e63242.

Cornuault, J., A. Khimoun, R. J. Harrigan, Y. Bourgeois, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2013. The role of ecology in the geographical separation of blood parasites infecting an insular bird. Journal of Biogeography, 40(7):1313-1323.

Horreo, J. L., J. C. Alonso, B. Milá. 2013. Identification of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered great bustard (Otis tarda) by high-throughput sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5(2):549-551.

Fuller, T., H.Thomassen, M.Peralvo, W.Buermann, B. Milá, C.Kieswetter, P.Jarrin, S. Cameron-Devitt, E. Mason, R.Schweizer, J.Schlunegger, J. Chan, O. Wang, C. Schneider, J.Pollinger, S. Saatchi, C. Graham, R. K. Wayne, T. B. Smith. 2013. Intraspecific morphological and genetic variation of common species predicts ranges of threatened ones. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280:20130423.

Peterson, M.P., M. Abolins-Abols, J.W. Atwell, R.J. Rice, B. Milá, E.D. Ketterson. 2013. Variation in candidate genes CLOCK and ADCYAP1 does not consistently predict differences in migratory behavior in the songbird genus Junco. F1000 Research, 2:115.

Bourgeois, Y., J. A.M. Bertrand, C. Thébaud, B. Milá. 2012. Investigating the role of the Melanocortin-1 receptor gene in an extreme case of microgeographical variation in the pattern of melanin-based plumage pigmentation. PLOS ONE, 7(12):e50906.

Milá, B., E. S. Tavares, A. Muñoz Saldaña, T. B. Smith, J. Karubian, A. J. Baker. 2012. A trans-Amazonian screening of mtDNA reveals deep intraspecific divergence in forest birds and suggests a vast underestimation of species diversity. PLOS ONE, 7(7):e40541.

Cornuault, J., A. Bataillard, B. Warren, A. Lootvoet, P. Mirleau, T. Duval, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2012. The role of immigration and in-situ radiation in explaining blood parasite assemblages in an island bird clade. Molecular Ecology, 21:1438-1452.

 Barrera-Guzmán, A. O., B. Milá, L. A. Sánchez-González, A. G. Navarro-Sigüenza. 2012. Speciation in an avian complex endemic to the mountains of Middle America (Ergaticus, Aves: Parulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62(3):907-920.

 Oliveras de Ita, A., T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne, K. Oyama Nakagawa, B. Milá. 2012. Genetic evidence for recent range fragmentation and severely restricted dispersal in the critically endangered Sierra Madre sparrow Xenospiza baileyi. Conservation Genetics, 13:283-291.

 De la Hera, I., D. DeSante, B. Milá. 2012. Feather growth rate and mass in Nearctic passerines with a variable migratory behavior and molt pattern. The Auk, 129(2):222-230.

 Bertrand, J. A. M., R. García-Jiménez, Y. Bourgeois, T. Duval, P. Heeb, C. Thébaud, B. Milá. 2012. Isolation and characterization of twelve polymorphic microsatellite loci for investigating an extreme case of microgeographical variation in an island bird (Zosterops borbonicus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2):323-326.

 Pavón-Gozalo, P., B. Milá, P. Aleixandre, J. A. Calderón, A. Zaldívar-Riverón, J. Hernández-Montoya, M. García-París. 2011. Long-distance invasion and high altitude acclimation of the European earwig, Forficula auricularia (Dermaptera: Forficulidae) in two distant areas of Mexico. Florida Entomologist, 94(4):1088-1090.

 Milá, B., D. P. L. Toews, T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne. 2011. A cryptic contact zone between divergent mtDNA lineages in southwestern North America supports past introgressive hybridisation in the yellow-rumped warbler complex (Aves: Dendroica coronata). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103:696-706.

 Brelsford, A., B. Milá, D. Irwin. 2011. Hybrid origin of Audubon’s warbler. Molecular Ecology, 20(11):2380-2389.

 Smith, T.B., H. A. Thomassen, A. Freedman, R. Sehgal, W. Buermann, S. Saatchi, J. Pollinger, B. Milá, D. Pires, G. Valkiunas, R. K. Wayne. 2011. Patterns of divergence in the olive sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea (Aves: Nectariniidae) across the African rainforest-savanna ecotone. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103:821-835.

 Thomassen, H. A., T. Fuller, W. Buermann, B. Milá, C. M. Kieswetter, P. A. Menéndez-Guerrero, C. H. Graham, S. E. Cameron, J. Chan, E. Mason, R. Schweizer, J. Schlunegger, C. J. Schneider, O. Wang, M. Peralvo, J. P. Pollinger, S. Saatchi, R. K. Wayne, T. B. Smith. 2011. Mapping evolutionary process: a multi-taxa approach to conservation prioritization. Evolutionary Applications, 4(2):397-413.

 Milá, B., B. H. Warren, P. Heeb, C. Thébaud. 2010. The geographic scale of diversificationon islands: genetic and morphological divergence at a very small spatial scale in the Mascarene grey white-eye (Aves: Zosterops borbonicus). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10:158.

 Milá, B., S. Carranza, O. Guillaume and J. Clobert. 2010. Marked genetic structuring and extreme dispersal limitation in the Pyrenean brook newt Calotriton asper (Amphibia: Salamandridae) revealed by genome-wide AFLP but not mtDNA. Molecular Ecology, 19:108-120.

 Thomassen, H. A., W. Buermann, B. Milá, C. H. Graham, S. E. Cameron, C. J. Schneider, J. P. Pollinger, S. Saatchi, R. K. Wayne and T. B. Smith. 2009. Modeling environmentally associated morphological and genetic variation in a rainforest bird, and its application to conservation prioritization. Evolutionary Applications, 3(1):1-16.

 Milá, B., R. K. Wayne, P. S. Fitze and T. B. Smith. 2009. Divergence with gene flow and fine-scale phylogeographic structure in the wedge-billed woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus, a Neotropical rainforest bird. Molecular Ecology, 18:2979-2995.

 Bonneaud, C., I. Sepil, B. Milá, W. Buermann, J. P. Pollinger, R. N. M. Sehgal, G. Valkiūnas, T. A. Iezhova, S. Saatchiand T. B. Smith. 2009. The prevalence of avian Plasmodium is higher in undisturbed tropical forests of Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 25:439-447.

 Milá, B., R. K. Wayne and T. B. Smith. 2008. Ecomorphology of migratory and sedentary populations of the yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata). Condor110(2):335-344.

 Buermann, W., S. Saatchi, T. B. Smith, B. R. Zutta, J. A. Chaves, B. Milá and C. H. Graham. 2008. Predicting species distributions across the Amazonian and Andean regions using remote sensing data. Journal of Biogeography 35(7):1160-1176.

 Smith, T.B., B. Milá, G. F. Grether, H. Slabbekoorn, I. Sepil, W. Buermann, S. Saatchi and J. P. Pollinger. 2008. Evolutionary consequences of human disturbance in a rainforest bird species from Central Africa. Molecular Ecology  17:58-71.

 Brown, D. M., R. A. Brenneman, K. P. Koepfli, J. P. Pollinger, B. Milá, N. J. Georgiadis, E. E. Louis Jr., G. F. Grether, D. K. Jacobs and R. K. Wayne. 2007. Extensive genetic structure in the giraffe. BMC Biology 5:57.

 Milá, B., J. E. McCormack, G. Castañeda, R. K. Wayneand T. B. Smith. 2007. Recent postglacial range expansion drives the rapid diversification of a songbird lineage in the genus Junco. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 274:2653-2660.

 Milá, B., T. B. Smith and R. K. Wayne. 2007. Speciation and rapid phenotypic differentiation in the yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata) complex. Molecular Ecology 16:159-173.

 Milá, B., T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne. 2006. Postglacial population expansion drives the evolution of long-distance migration in a songbird. Evolution 60(11):2403-2409.

 Milá, B. and C. Bardeleben. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the wedge-billed woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus. Molecular Ecology Notes 5:844-845.

 McCormack, J. E., G. Castañeda-Guayasamín, B. Milá, and F. Heredia-Pineda. 2005. Slate-throated redstarts (Myioborus miniatus) breeding in Maderas del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 50(4):501-503.

 Hobson, K.A., L. I. Wassenaar, B. Milá, I. Lovette, C. Dingle, T. B. Smith. 2003. Stable isotopes as indicators of altitudinal distributions and movements in an Ecuadorean hummingbird community. Oecologia 136(2):302-308.

 Outlaw, D.C., G. Voelker, B. Milá, D. J. Girman. 2003. Evolution of long-distance migration and historical biogeography of Catharus thrushes: a molecular phylogenetic approach. The Auk 120(2):299-310.

 Kimura, M., S. M. Clegg, I. J. Lovette, K. R. Holder, D. J. Girman, B. Milá, P. Wade, T. B. Smith. 2002. Phylogeographical approaches to assessing demographic connectivity between breeding and overwintering regions in a Nearctic-Neotropical warbler (Wilsonia pusilla). Molecular Ecology  11:1605-1616.

 Valenzuela, D., B. Milá, F. Urbina, K. Renton, A. García and R. Castro. 2002. Range extensions for lineated (Dryocopus lineatus) and pale-billed (Campephilus guatemalensis) woodpeckers, and first records for the state of Morelos, Mexico. Cotinga 17:12-14.

 Milá, B., D.J. Girman, M. Kimura, T.B. Smith. 2000. Genetic evidence for the effect of a post-glacial population expansion on the phylogeography of a North American songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 267:1033-1040.

 Milá, B., B. D. Hardesty. 1994. Winter bird population study: Disturbed coastal scrub. Journal of Field Ornithology, 65(2):33 Suppl.

 Noel, M., B. Milá, and B. D. Hardesty. 1994. Breeding bird census: Coastal scrub. Journal of Field Ornithology, 65(2):111-112 Suppl.




Other scientific publications:

Milá, B., P. Aleixandre, S. Alvarez-Nordstrom and John McCormack. 2016. More than meets the eye: lineage diversity and evolutionary history of dark-eyed and yellow-eyed juncos. In Snowbird: Integrative biology and evolutionary diversity in the junco. Ellen D. Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell (Eds.). Chicago University Press, Chicago.

Smith, T. B., S. M. Clegg, M. Kimura, K. Ruegg, B. Milá, and I. J. Lovette. 2005.  Molecular genetic approaches to linking breeding and overwintering areas for five Neotropical migrant passerines. In Birds of Two Worlds: The Ecology and Evolution of Migration, Greenberg, R. and P. Marra, Eds., Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, pp. 222-234.

Milá, B., S. M. Clegg, M. Kimura, K. Ruegg, I. Lovette, and T. B. Smith. 2005. Linking breeding and overwintering areas of five Nearctic-Neotropical migratory passerines using molecular genetic markers. General Technical Report #191, pp. 889-892. USDA Forest Service, Albany, CA, USA.                        

 DeSante, D. F., T. S. Sillett, R. B. Siegel, J. F. Saracco, C. A. Romo de Vivar Alvarez, S. Morales, A. Cerezo, D. R. Kaschube, M. Grosselet and B. Milá. 2005.  MoSI (Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal):  Assessing habitat-specific overwintering survival of neotropical migratory landbirds. In Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference, Asilomar, CA,  March 2002; Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture; pp. 926-936.

 Larison, B., T.B. Smith, D. Girman, D. Stauffer, B. Milá, R.C. Drewes, C.E. Griswold, J.V. Vindum, D. Ubick, K. O´Keefe, J. Nguema, L. Henwood. 1999. Biotic surveys of Bioko and Rio Muni, Equatorial Guinea. Report submitted to the Biodiversity Support Program, USAID, USA.

 Ralph, C.J., G.R. Geupel, P. Pyle, T.E. Martin, D.F. DeSante and B. Milá. 1996. Manual de métodos de campo para el monitoreo de aves terrestres (Handbook of Field Methods for Monitoring Landbirds). General Technical Report #159. PSW, USDA Forest Service, Albany, CA.

 Ralph, C.J. and B. Milá. 1996. Methodological model for monitoring landbird populations in the neotropics. Proceedings of the V Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Asunción, Paraguay.