Dr Yvonne Chan

Marie Curie Fellow

Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm

Email: Yvonne.Chan@nrm.se

Scholar: [Papers in Google Scholar]



I am interested in using modern and ancient DNA to infer demographic history of populations and communities.  Much of my research focuses on reconstructing historical demography of populations in response to environmental change, as well as developing applications of Approximate Bayesian Computation to ancient DNA and community population genetics. In particular, I am interested in:

- Genetic and demographic response to climatic change and human impacts on millennial timescales

- Bioinformatic and coalescent modeling of population histories using Approximate Bayesian Computation and Ancient DNA


Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences 2007
Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hadly
University of British Columbia, Centre for Applied Conservation Biology 2000
M.S., Advisor: Dr. Peter Arcese
Pomona College, Biology 1995
B.A., Senior Experimental Thesis Advisor: Dr. Rachel Levin

Academic Positions

2014 - present Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow, Stockholm Museum of Natural History, Stockholm Sweden
2013 Grant Writer, Office of the Chancellor, University of Hawaii
2011 – 2013 Lecturer, Honors Program and Department of Biology, University of Hawaii
2012 Assistant Specialist, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii
2009 – 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii
2007 – 2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, NSF Hawaii EPSCoR, University of Hawaii

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2012 National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences – Award 1260169: $665,062 –Coauthor - Multispecies connectivity: Comparative analysis of marine connectivity and its drivers for the coral reefs of Hawaii, PI’S – R. Toonen, B. Bowen. I wrote the Coalescent Modeling and hierarchical Approximate Bayesian Computation portion of the grant. Received postdoctoral funding for 1.5 years
2011 European Union, Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship – FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IIF: 241042,40€ ($298,651), Looking to the past to predict the future: the evolution of biodiversity through climate change and the rise of human society, Advisor: Love Dalen
2009 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Grant – NA09NMF4630123: $46,252, How many have been lost? Using Ancient DNA to develop baselines for coral reef conservation and management, PI’s of record R. Toonen, D. Carlon, T. Hunt (see letters of support) – University of Hawaii does not allow postdocs to be PI’s. I conceived, designed, and wrote the grant, and initiated, set up the ancient DNA lab, and coordinated the collaboration between the PI’s.
2007 Hawaii EPSCoR Research Enhancement Activities Project: $21,000, An evolutionary perspective on gene expression: a collaboration between EPSCoR post-doctoral researchers.
Co- PI’s Y. Chan and M. Fisher
2007 Frances Lou Kallman Award, Stanford University – The only award in the Department of Biological Sciences for research, teaching, and coursework. Awarded to a female graduate student in recognition of special excellence.
2003 EPA Science to Achieve Results Fellowship - FP916401: $111,000, Why isn’t Ctenomys sociabilis extinct? Lessons from an endemic species about response, to climatic change
2003, 2004, 2005: Center for Evolutionary Studies Award, Stanford University: $3000
1999 Frank M. Chapman Grant, American Museum of Natural History: $800
1998 WARF Fellowship. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI



Chan, YL, Schanzenbach, D and Hickerson, MJ (2014) Detecting concerted
demographic response across community assemblages using hierarchical approximate Bayesian computation. Molecular Biology and Evolution, in press.

Longenecker, K, Chan, YL, Toonen, RJ, Carlon, DB, Hunt, TL, Friedlander, AM,
DeMartini, EE. (2014). Archaeological evidence of validity of fish populations on unexploited reefs as proxy targets for modern populations. Conservation Biology, in press.

Longenecker, K, Chan, YL, & Franklin, E. (2011) Relationships between the length of select head bones and body size for some Hawaiian parrotfishes (subfamily Scarinae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 111:13-26.

Chan, YL and Hadly, EA. (2011) Genetic variation over ten thousand years in Ctenomys: Comparative phylochronology provides a temporal perspective on rarity, environmental change, and demography. Molecular Ecology 20:4592-4605.

Chan, YL, Pochon, X. Fisher, MA, Wagner, D, Concepcion, GT, Kahng, S. Toonen, RJ, and Gates, RD. (2009) Generalist dinoflagellate endosymbionts and host genotype
diversity detected from mesophotic (67-100m depths) coral Leptoseris. BMC
 Ecology 9:21.

Spaeth, PA, Van Tuinen, M, Chan, YL, Terca, D, and Hadly, EA. 2009. The phylogeography of the long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus) in the tectonically and glacially dynamic landscape of the Central Rocky Mountains. Journal of Mammalogy 90:571-584.

Sherwood, AR, Chan, YL, and Presting, GG. (2008) Application of universally amplifying plastid primers in environmental sampling of a stream periphyton community. Molecular Ecology Resources 8:1011-1014.

Wilson A, Arcese, P, Keller, LF, Pruett, CL, Winker, K, Patten, MA and Chan, YL. (2008) The contribution of island populations to in situ genetic conservation. Conservation Genetics 10:1572-9737.

Pruett, CL, Arcese, P. Chan, YL, Wilson, A, Patten, MA, Keller, LF, and Winker, K. (2008) The effects of contemporary processes in maintaining the genetic structure of western song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Heredity 101:67-74.

Pruett, CL, P, Arcese, P. Chan, YL, Wilson, A, Patten, MA, Keller, LF, and Winker, K. (2008) Concordant and discordant signals between genetic data and described subspecies of Pacific Coast Song Sparrows. The Condor 110:359-364.

Chan, CMA, Pringle, RM, Ranganathan, J, Boggs, CL, Chan, YL, Ehrlich, PR, Haff, PK, Heller, NE, Al-Khafaji, K, and MacMynowski, DP. (2007) When Agendas Collide: Human Welfare and Biological Conservation. Conservation Biology 211:59-68.

Chan, YL, Anderson, CNK and Hadly, EA. (2006) Bayesian estimation of the timing and severity of a population bottleneck from ancient DNA. Public Library of Science Genetics 2:e59.

Chan, YL, Lacey EA, Pearson, OP, and Hadly, EA. (2005) Ancient DNA reveals Holocene loss of genetic diversity in a South American rodent. Biology Letters 1:423-426.

Anderson CNK, Ramakrishnan, U, Chan, YL, and Hadly, EA. (2005) Serial SimCoal: a population genetic model for data from multiple populations and points in time. Bioinformatics 21:1733-1734.


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