(names in Bold are Current or Former Cheviron Lab members)

In Review/Revision

Velotta, J.P. & Z.A. Cheviron. Remodeling ancestral phenotypic plasticity during the early stages of local adaptation: A new framework for understanding the mechanisms of genetic compensation

Velotta, J.P., C.M. Ivy, C.J. Wolf, G.R. Scott, & Z.A. Cheviron. Contributions of adaptive and non-adaptive phenotypic plasticity to the evolutionary divergence between lowland and highland Peromyscus mice.

Benham, P.M. & Z.A. Cheviron. Divergent mitochondrial lineages arose within a large, panmictic population of the Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis).

Pollock, H.S., J. Brawn, T. Agin, & Z.A. Cheviron. Temperature seasonality drives patterns of geographic variation in flexibility of key thermoregulatory traits in birds.

Pollock, H.S., J.D. Brawn, & Z.A. Cheviron. Heat tolerances of temperate and tropical birds suggest that they will be physiologically buffered from climate warming.


Senner, N.R., M. Stager, M.A. Verhoeven, Z.A. Cheviron, T. Piersma, W. Bouten. High-altitude shorebird migration in the absence of topographical barriers: avoiding high air temperatures and searching for profitable winds. In press. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B.

Beckman, L., P.M. Benham, Z.A. Cheviron, & C.C. Witt. Detecting introgression despite persistent phylogenetic uncertainty: the case of the South American siskins. In press. Molecular Ecology.

Campbell-Staton, S.C., A. Bare, J. Losos, S.V. Edwards, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2018. Physiological and regulatory underpinnings of geographic variation in reptilian cold tolerance across a latitudinal cline. Molecular Ecology 27:2243-2255. [commentary by Card et. al.]


Senner, N.R., M. Stager, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2018. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity in climate change regimes limits species’ dispersal capabilities and adaptive potential. Ecography 10.1111/ecog.03234. [pdf] *Runner-up 2016 Ecography Award for Excellence in Ecology & Evolution (E4 Award)

Tate, K.B., C.M. Ivy, J.P. Velotta, J.F. Storz, G.B. McClelland, Z.A. Cheviron & G.R. Scott. Circulatory mechanisms underlying adaptive increases in thermogenic capacity in high-altitude deer mice. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:3616-3620. [pdf]

Campbell-Staton, S.C., Z.A. Cheviron, N. Rochette, J. Catchen, J.B. Losos, S.V. Edwards. Winter storms drive rapid phenotypic, regulatory, and genomic shifts in the green anole lizard. Science 357:495-498. [pdf][commentary by Grant]

Cheviron, Z.A. & D.L. Swanson. Comparative transcriptomics of seasonal phenotypic flexibility in two species of North American songbirds. 2017. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:1040-1054. [pdf]

William, C., G. Ragland, G. Betini, L. Buckley, Z.A. Cheviron, K. Donohue, J. Hereford, M. Humphries, S. Lisovski, K. Marshall, P. Schmidt, K. Sheldon, Ø. Varpe, & M. Visser. 2017. Understanding evolutionary impacts of seasonality. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:921-933. [pdf]

Lau, D., A. Connaty, S. Mahalingam, N. Wall, Z.A. Cheviron, J.F. Storz, G.R. Scott, & G.B. McClelland. 2017. Acclimation to hypoxia increases carbohydrate use during exercise in high-altitude deer mice. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 312:R400-R411. [pdf]


Barve, S., V.B. Mathur, A. Dhondt, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2016. Life history characteristics influence physiological strategies to cope with hypoxia in Himalayan birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2201[pdf]

Velotta, J.P., J. JonesC.J. Wolf, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2016. Transcriptomic plasticity in brown adipose tissue contributes to an enhanced capacity for non-shivering thermogenesis in deer mice. In Molecular Ecology 25:2870-2886. [pdf]

Storz, J. F., & Z. A. Cheviron. 2016. Functional genomic insights into regulatory mechanisms of high-altitude adaptation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 903:113-128.

Tuttle, E.M., A.O. Bergland, M.L. Korody, M.S. Brewer, D.J. Newhouse, P. Minx, W.C. Warren, A. Betuel, M. Stager, Z.A. Cheviron, R.A. Gosner, & C.N. Balakarishinan. Divergence and functional degradation of a sex chromosome-like supergene. Current Biology 26:344-350. [pdf] [commentary by Taylor and Campagna]

Stager, M., H.S. Pollock, P.M. Benham, N. Sly, J.D. Brawn, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2016. Disentangling environmental drivers of metabolic flexibility in birds: the importance of temperature extremes vs. temperature variability. Ecography 39:787-795 [pdf]


Galen, S.C., C. Natarajan, H. Moriyama, R.E. Weber, P.M. Benham, A.N. Chavez, Z.A. Cheviron, J.F. Storz, & C.C. Witt. 2015. Contribution of a mutational hotspot to hemoglobin adaptation in high-altitude Andean house wrens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112:13958-13963. [pdf] [commentary by Stoltzfus & McCandlish]

Scott, G.R., T.S. Elogio, M.A. Liu, J.F. Storz & Z.A. Cheviron. 2015. Adaptive modifications of muscle phenotype in high-altitude deer mice are associated with evolved changes in gene regulation. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32:1962-1976. [pdf]

Lui, M.A., S. Mahalingam, P. Patel, A. Connaty, C. M. Ivy, Z. A. Cheviron, J. F. Storz, G. B. McClelland, & G. R. Scott. 2015. High-altitude ancestry and hypoxia acclimation have distinct effects on exercise capacity and muscle phenotype in deer mice. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology 308:R779-R791. [pdf]

Pollock, H.P, Z.A. Cheviron, T.J. Agin, & J.D. Brawn. 2015. Absence of microclimate selectivity in insectivorous birds of the Neotropical forest understory. Biological Conservation 188:116-125 [pdf]

Stager, M., D. Swanson, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2015. Regulatory mechanisms of metabolic flexibility in the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis). Journal of Experimental Biology. 218:767-777. [pdf]

Natarajan, C., F.G. Hoffmann, H.C. Lanier, Z.A. Cheviron, C.J. Wolf,  M.L. Spangler, R.E. Weber, A. Fago & J.F. Storz. 2015. Intraspecific polymorphism, interspecific divergence, and the origins of function-altering mutations in deer mouse hemoglobin. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 32:978-997. [pdf]

Jones, M.R., Z.A. Cheviron, & M.D. Carling. 2015. Spatially variable coevolution between avian malaria and the MHC of a widely distributed passerine. Ecology and Evolution 5:1045-1060. [pdf]


Jones, M.R., Z.A. Cheviron, &  M.D. Carling. Variation in positively selected major histocompatibility class I loci in the rufous-collared sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis). Immunogenetics 12:693-704. [pdf]

Cheviron, Z.A., C. Natarajan, J. Projecto-Garcia, D.K. Eddy, J. Jones, M.D. Carling, C.C. Witt, H. Moriyama, R.E. Weber, A. Fago, & J.F. Storz. Integrating evolutionary and functional analyses to test hypotheses about molecular adaptation: A case study of altitudinal differentiation in hemoglobin function in an Andean Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:2948-2962. [pdf]

Stager, M., D.J. Ceresale, R. Dor, D.W. Winkler, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2014. Signatures of natural selection in the mitochondrial genomes of Tachycineta swallows and their implications for latitudinal patterns of the ‘pace of life’. Gene 546:104-111. [pdf]

Cheviron, Z.A., A.D. Connaty, G.B. McClelland, & J.F. Storz. 2014. Functional genomics of adaptation to hypoxic cold-stress in high-altitude deer mice: transcriptomic plasticity and thermogenic performance. Evolution 68:48-62. [pdf] [cover]  *selected by the Faculty of 1000.


Projecto-Garcia, J., C. Natarajan, H. Moriyama, R.E. Weber, A. Fago, Z.A. Cheviron, R. Dudley, J.A. McGuire, C.C. Witt, & J.F. Storz. 2013. Repeated elevational transitions in hemoglobin function among Andean hummingbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 110: 20669-20674. [pdf]

Jones, M.R., Z.A. Cheviron, & M.D. Carling. 2013. Spatial patterns of malaria infection rates in Zonotrichia capensis on the western slope of the Peruvian Andes. Journal of Parasitology 99:903-905. [pdf]

Tufts, D.M., I.G. Revsbech, Z.A. Cheviron, R.E. Weber, A. Fago, J.F. Storz. 2013. Phenotypic plasticity in blood oxygen transport in highland and lowland deer mice. Journal of Experimental Biology 216:1167 1173. [pdf] [cover]

Cheviron, Z.A., G. Bachman, & J.F. Storz. 2013. Contributions of phenotypic plasticity to differences in thermogenic performance between highland and lowland deer mice. Journal of Experimental Biology 216:1160-1166. [pdf] [cover]


Cheviron, Z.A., G. Bachman, A Connaty, G. McClelland, & J.F. Storz. 2012. Regulatory changes contribute to the adaptive enhancement of thermogenic capacity in deer mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109:8635-8640. [pdf] *selected by the Faculty of 1000.

Storz, J.F., C. Natarajan, Z.A. Cheviron, F.G. Hoffmann, & J.K. Kelly. 2012. Altitudinal variation at duplicated beta-globin genes: effects of selection, recombination and gene conversion Genetics 190:203- 216. [pdf] [cover]

Cheviron, Z.A., & R.T. Brumfield. 2012. Genomic insights into high-altitude adaptation in vertebrates. Heredity 108:354-361. [pdf]


Cheviron, Z.A.+, M.D. Carling+, & R.T. Brumfield. 2011. Effects of postmortem interval on RNA isolated from field-preserved avian tissues. The Condor 113:483-489. +equal contributions. [pdf]

Cadena, C.D., Z.A. Cheviron, & W.C. Funk. 2011. Testing the molecular and evolutionary causes of a “leapfrog” pattern of geographic variation in coloration. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:402-414. [pdf]


Storz, J.F., G.R. Scott, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2010. Phenotypic plasticity and genetic adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia in vertebrates. Journal of Experimental Biology 213:4125-4136. [pdf]

Thomassen, H.A., Z.A. Cheviron, A.H. Freedman, R.K. Wayne, & T.B. Smith. 2010. Spatial modeling and landscape-level approaches for visualizing intra-specific variation. Molecular Ecology 19:3532-3548. [pdf]


Uy, J.A.C., R.G. Moyle, C.E. Filardi, & Z.A. Cheviron. 2009. Difference in plumage color used in species recognition between incipient species is linked to a single amino acid substitution in The melanocortin-1 receptor. American Naturalist 174:244-254. [pdf] *selected by the Faculty of 1000.

Cheviron, Z.A., & R.T. Brumfield. 2009. Migration-selection balance and local adaptation of mitochondrial haplotypes in Rufous-collared Sparrows (Zonotrichia capensis) along an elevational gradient. Evolution 63:1593-1605. [pdf]

2008 & earlier

Cheviron, Z.A., A. Whitehead, & R.T. Brumfield. 2008. Transcriptomic variation and plasticity in Rufous- collared Sparrows (Zonotrichia capensis) along an altitudinal gradient. Molecular Ecology 17:4556-4569. [pdf] *selected by the Faculty of 1000.

Brumfield, R.T., J.G. Tello, Z.A. Cheviron, M.D. Carling, N. Crochet, & K.V. Rosenberg. 2007. Phylogenetic conservatism and antiquity of a tropical specialization: army-ant-following in the typical antbirds (Thamnophilidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45:1-13. [pdf]

Cheviron, Z.A., S.J. Hackett & R.T. Brumfield. 2006. Sequence variation in the coding region of the melanocortin 1 receptor gene (MC1R) is not associated with plumage polymorphism in the Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 273:1613-1618. [pdf]

Cheviron, Z.A., S.J. Hackett, and A.P. Capparella. 2005. Complex evolutionary history of a Neotropical lowland forest bird (Lepidothrix coronata) and its implications for historical hypotheses of the origin of Neotropical avian diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 36:338-357. [pdf]

Cheviron, Z.A., A.P. Capparella, and F. Vuilleumier. 2005. Molecular phylogenetic relationships among the Geositta miners (Aves: Furnariidae) and biogeographic implications for avian speciation in Fuego-Patagonia. Auk 122:158-174. [pdf]