NEW: *Zhu Q, Hastriter MW, Whiting MF, Dittmar K. 2015. Fleas (Siphonaptera) are Cretaceous and evolved with Theria. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. in press

NEW: Brook C, Bai Y, Dobson AP, Osikowicz LM, Ranaivoson H, *Zhu Q, Kosoy MY, Dittmar K. 2015. Bartonella spp. in fruit bats and blood-feeding ectoparasites in Madagascar. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 9(2).

NEW: Young HS, Dirzo R, McCauley DJ, Agwanda B, Cattaneo L, Dittmar K, Eckerlin RP, Fleischer RC, Helgen LE, Hintz A, Montenieri J, Zhao S, Helgen KM. 2015. Drivers of intensity and prevalence of flea parasitism on small mammals in East African savannah ecosystems. Journal of Parasitology. in press

Olival KJ, Dittmar K, Bai Y, Rostal MK, Lei BR, Daszak P, Kosoy M. 2014. Bartonella spp. in a Puerto Rican bat community. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 51(1):274-278.

*Zhu Q, Kosoy M, Dittmar K. 2014. HGTector: An automated method facilitation genome-wide discovery of putative horizontal gene transfers. BMC Genomics 15(1):717.

*Zhu Q, Kosoy M, Olival KJ, Dittmar K. 2014. Horizontal gene transfer and losses in the phospholipid pathway of Bartonella reveal clues about early ecological niches. Genome Biology and Evolution 6(8):2157-2169.

Young HS, Dirzo R, Helgen KM, McCauley D, Billeter SA, Kosoy MY, Osikowicz LM, Salkeld DJ, Young TP, Dittmar, K. 2014. Declines in large wildlife increase landscape-level prevalence of rodent-borne disease in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(19):7036-7041. <Press Coverage>

Dick, CW, Dittmar K. 2014. Parasitic bat flies (Diptera: Streblidae and Nycteribiidae): Host Specificity and Potential as Vectors. In: Bats (Chiroptera) as Vectors of Diseases and Parasites; Facts and Myths. Parasitology Research Monograph 5: 131-155.

Olival KJ, Dick CW, Simmons NB, Morales JC, Melnick DJ, Dittmar K, Perkins SL, Daszak P, DeSalle R. 2013. Lack of population genetic structure and host specificity in the bat fly, Cyclopodia horsfieldi across species of Pteropus bats in Southeast Asia. Parasites and Vectors 6:231 [Highly Accessed].

*Morse S, Bush S, Patterson BD, Dick CW, Gruwell M, Dittmar K. 2013. Evolution, multiple acquisition, and localization of endosymbionts in bat flies (Diptera: Hippoboscoidea: Streblidae and Nycteribiidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79 (9): 2952-2961 [pdf].

*Morse S, Dick CW, Patterson BD, Dittmar K. 2012. Some like it hot: Evolution and ecology of novel endosymbionts in bat flies of cave roosting bats (Hippoboscoidea, Nycterophiliinae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78 (24): 8639-8649 [pdf].

*Morse S, Olival K, Patterson BD, Dick CW, Kosoy M, Dittmar K. 2012. Genetic diversity of bartonellae in a global sampling of bat flies (Hippoboscoidea, Streblidae, Nycteribiidae). Infection, Genetics, and Evolution 12 (8):1717-1723 [pdf].

*Balasubramaniam KN, Dittmar K, Berman CM, Butovskaya M, Cooper MA, Majolo B, Ogawa H, Schino G, Thierry B, de Waal FBM. 2012. Hierarchical steepness and phylogenetic models: Phylogenetic signals in MacacaAnimal Behavior 83: 1207-1218.

Taylor D, Dittmar K, Ballinger M, Bruenn J. 2011. The evolutionary maintenance of filovirus-like genes in bat genomes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:336. [Highly Accessed]

Dittmar K, *Morse S, Gruwell M, *Mayberry J, *DiBlasi E. 2011. Spatial and temporal complexities of reproductive behavior and sex ratios: A case from parasitic insects. PLoS One 6(5): e19438. [online]

Raoult D, Reed DL, Dittmar K, Kirchman JJ, Rolain JM, Guillen S, Light JE. 2008. Molecular Identification of lice from Pre-columbian mummies. Journal of Infectious Diseases 197(4): 535-543.

Rothenburg S, Seo EJ, Gibbs JS, Dever TE, Dittmar K. 2008. Rapid evolution of protein kinase PKR alters sensitivity to viral inhibitors. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 16(1): 63-70.



  1. * graduate student authors