Guschanski lab: Publications

List of publications in peer-reviewed journals to present

30. Guschanski, K. 2020. Recent Loss of Genetic Diversity in Eastern Gorillas. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester., doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0029016 

29. Prost S, Machado AP, Zumbroich J, Preier L, Mahtani-Williams S, Guschanski K, Brealey JC, Fernandes C, Vercammen P, Godsall-Bottriell L, Bottriell P, Lee Dalton D, Kotze A, Burger PA. 2020. Conservation genomic analyses of African and Asiatic cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) across their current and historic species range. BioRxiv doi: 10.1101/2020.02.14.949081

28. Dehasque M, Ávila-Arcos MC, Díez-del-Molino D, Fumagalli M, Guschanski K, Lorenzen ED, Malaspinas A, Marques-Bonet T, Martin MD, Murray GGR, Papadopulos AST, Overgaard Therkildsen N, Wegmann D, Dalén L, Foote AD. 2020. Inference of natural selection from ancient DNA. Evolution Letters 4: 94-108. doi:10.1002/evl3.165 (

27. van der Valk T, de Manuel M, Marques-Bonet T, Guschanski K. 2019. Estimates of genetic load in small populations suggest extensive purging of deleterious alleles. BioRxiv doi:10.1101/696831.

26. Brealey JC, Leitao HG, Xu W, Dalen L, Guschanski K. 2020. Dental calculus as a tool to study the evolution of the mammalian oral microbiome. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msaa135,

25. van der Valk T, Gonda CM, Silegowa H, Almanza S, Sifuentes-Romero I, Hart J, Hart T, Detwiler K, Guschanski K. 2020. The genome of the endangered dryas monkey provides new insights into the evolutionary history of the vervets. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37(1): 183–194. (

24. van der Valk T, Vezzi F, Ormestad M, Dalen L, Guschanski K. 2019. Index hopping on the Illumina HiseqX platform and its consequences for ancient DNA studies. Molecular Ecology Resources, doi: 10.1101/179028. 

23. Porter A, Eckardt W, Vecellio V, Guschanski K, Niehoff P, Ngobobo U, Nishuli R, Stoinski T, Caillaud D. 2019. Behavioral responses to conspecific death and corpses in adult eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei). PeerJ, 7: e6655.

22. Robbins MM, Akantorana M, Arinaitwe J, Kabano R, Kayijamahe C, Gray M, Guschanski K, Richardson J, Roy J, Tindimwebwa V, Vigilant L, Robbins AM. 2019. Dispersal and reproductive careers of male mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Primates, 60 (2): 133–142.

21. van der Valk Tom, Díez-del-Molino David, Marques‐Bonet Tomas, Guschanski Katerina*, Dalén Love*. 2019. Historical Genomes Reveal the Genomic Consequences of Recent Population Decline in Eastern Gorillas. Curr Biol 29: 165–170. * co-senior authors

20. van der Valk T, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Caillaud D, Ngobobo U, Binyinyi E, Nishuli R, Stoinski T, Gilissen E, Sonet G, Semal P, Kalthoff DC, Dalén L, Guschanski K. 2018. Significant loss of mitochondrial diversity within the last century due to extinction of peripheral populations in eastern gorillas. Scientific Reports 8(1): 6551

19. Hooper R, Brealey J, Valk T van der, Alberdi A, Durban JW, Fearnbach H, Robertson KM, Baird RW, Hanson MB, Wade P, Gilbert T, Phillip Morin A, Wolf JBW, Foote AD, Guschanski K. 2018. Characterising the microbiome from host shotgun sequencing data: bacterial and diatom community dynamics derived from killer whale skin. Molecular Ecology 2018;00:1–19. mec.14860 []

18. van der Valk T, Vezzi F, Ormestad M, Dalén L, Guschanski K. Low rate of index hopping on the Illumina HiSeq X platform. Biotechniques.  BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/179028

17. Baas P, van der Valk T, Vigilant L,  Ngobobo U,  Binyinyi E, Nishuli R, Caillaud D, Guschanski K. 2018. Population-level assessment of genetic diversity and habitat fragmentation in critically endangered Grauer’s gorillasAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165: 565–575.

16. Guschanski K, Warnefors M, Kaessmann H. 2017. The evolution of duplicate gene expression in mammalian organs. Genome Research 27: 1461-1474.

15. van der Valk T, Lona Durazo F, Dalén L, Guschanski K. 2017. Whole mitochondrial genome capture from fecal samples and museum-preserved specimens. Molecular Ecology Resources 17: e111-e121.

14. Malukiewicz J, Hepp CM, Guschanski K, Stone AC. 2016. Phylogeny of the jacchus group of Callithrix marmosets based on complete mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162: 157-169.

13. Malukiewicz J, Guschanski K, Grativol AD, Oliveira MAB, Ruiz-Miranda CR, Stone AC. 2016. Application of PE-RADSeq to the study of genomic diversity and divergence of two Brazilian marmoset species (Callithrix jacchus and C. penicillata). American Journal of Primatology 79: e22587.

12. Roy J, Arandjelovic M, Bradley BJ, Guschanski K, Stephens CR, Bucknell D, Cirhuza H, Kusamba C, Kyungu JC, Smith V, Robbins MM, Vigilant L. 2014. Recent divergences and size decreases of eastern gorilla populationsBiology Letters 10: 20140811.

11. Guschanski K, Krause J, Sawyer S, Bailey S, Finstermeier K, Valente LM, Sabin R, Gilissen E, Sonet G, Nagy ZT, Lenglet G, Mayer F, Savolainen V. 2013. Next-generation museomics disentangles one of the largest primate radiations. Systematic Biology 62: 539-554.

10. Meunier J, Lemoine F, Soumillon M, Liechti A, Weier M, Guschanski K, Hu H, Khaitovich P, Kaessmann H. 2012. Birth and expression evolution of mammalian microRNA genes. Genome Research 23: 34-45.

9. Sawyer S, Krause J, Guschanski K, Savolainen V, Pääbo S. 2012. Temporal patterns of nucleotide misincorporations and DNA fragmentation in ancient DNA. PLoS ONE 7: e34131.

8. Thalmann O, Wegmann D, Spitzner M, Arandjelovic M, Guschanski K, Leuenberger C, Bergl RA, Vigilant L. 2011. Historical sampling reveals dramatic demographic changes in western gorilla populations. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 85.

7. Guschanski K, Vigilant L, McNeilage A, Gray M, Kagoda E, Robbins MM. 2009. Counting elusive animals: comparing field and genetic census of the entire mountain gorilla population of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Biological Conservation 142: 290–300.

6. Arandjelovic M*, Guschanski K*, Schubert G, Harris TR, Thalmann O, Siedel H, Vigilant L. 2009. Two-step multiplex PCR improves the speed and accuracy of genotyping using DNA from noninvasive and museum samples. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 28-36. * both authors contributed equally to this publication

5. Guschanski K, Caillaud D, Robbins MM, Vigilant L. 2008. Females shape the genetic structure of a gorilla population. Current Biology 18: 1809–1814.

4. Guschanski K, Olivieri G, Funk S, Radespiel U. 2007. MtDNA reveals strong genetic differentiation among geographically isolated populations of the golden brown mouse lemur, Microcebus ravelobensis. Conservation Genetics 8: 809-821.

3. Olivieri G, Zimmermann E, Randrianambinina B, Rasoloharijaona S, Rakotondravony D, Guschanski K, Radespiel U. 2007. The ever-increasing diversity in mouse lemurs: Three new species in north and northwestern Madagascar. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43: 309–327.

2. Rosengaus RB, Cornelisse T, Guschanski K, Traniello JFA. 2007. Inducible immune proteins in the dampwood termite Zootermopsis angusticollis. Naturwissenschaften 94: 25-33.

1. Vigilant L, Guschanski K. 2009. Using genetics to understand the dynamics of wild primate populations. Primates 50: 105–120.


Guschanski K, Vigilant L, McNeilage A, Gray M, Kagoda E, Robbins MR. 2009. Bwindi: Genetic population census. Gorilla-Journal 38.