Andrew M. Simons
Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Curator of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles, Bell Museum of Natural History
Ph.D. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Fields of Interest
North American freshwater fish systematics, theory and practice of phylogenetic systematics using morphological and molecular data, evolution of complex morphological character systems.
Bell Museum Fish Collection
Bell Museum Amphibian and Reptile Collection
- FW 4136 Biology of Fishes
My research focuses on reconstructing phylogenetic relationships of North American fishes. A phylogenetic hypothesis provides a historical framework for investigating hypotheses of speciation and adaptation and has proven to be critical in many evolutionary studies. I am particularly interested in relationships of minnows and carps (family Cyprinidae), one of the largest families of fishes. These fishes are very diverse and occur in a wide range of freshwater environments, from hot springs to large rivers. Much of my work has utilized mitochondrial DNA sequences to recover the pattern of relationships among North American cyprinid genera. I am also interested in using phylogeographic techniques to understand speciation and dispersal of Central Highlands fishes. Future research involves integrating mitochondrial sequences with nuclear sequences and morphological characters, using these data to explore the evolution of morphology, behavior, and biogeography of these fishes. I am particularly interested in utilizing phylogenies to investigate the evolution of complex trophic morphological characters and historical constraints that act on trophic shifts in fishes.
- Nagle, B.C., and A.M. Simons. In Press. Rapid diversification in the North American minnow genus Nocomis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
- Gamble, T., G.R. Colli, M.T. Rodrigues, F.P. Werneck, A.M. Simons. 2012. Phylogeny and cryptic diversity in geckos (Phyllopezus; Phyllodactylidae; Gekkota) from South America's open biomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 943-953.
- Tang, K.L., M.K. Agnew, W-J. Chen, M.V. Hirt, M.E. Raley, T. Sado, L.M. Schneider, L. Yang, H.L. Bart, S. He, H. Liu, M. Miya, K. Saitoh, A.M. Simons, R.M. Wood, and R.L. Mayden. 2011. Phylogeny of the gudgeons (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Gobioninae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61: 103-124.
- Mabee, P.M., E.A. Grey, G. Arratia, N. Bogustskaya, A. Boron, M. M. Coburn, K. W. Conway, S. He, A. Naseka, N. Rios, A. Simons, J. Szlachciak, and X. Wang. 2011. Gill arch and hyoid arch diversity and cypriniform phylogeny: Distributed integration of morphology and web-based tools. Zootaxa 2877: 1-40.
- Gamble, T., A.M. Bauer, G. R. Colli, E. Greenbaum, T.R. Jackman, L.J. Vitt, and A.M. Simons. In Press. Coming to America: multiple origins of New World geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
- Egge, J.J.D. and A.M. Simons. 2011. Evolution of venom delivery structures in madtom catfishs (Siluriformes: Ictaluridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102:115-129.
- Tang, K. L., M. K. Agnew, W-J. Chen, M. V. Hirt, T. Sado, L. M. Schneider, J. Freyhof, Z. Sulaiman, E. Swartz, C. Vidthayanon, M. Miya, K. Saitoh, A. M. Simons, R. M. Wood, and R. L. Mayden. 2010. Systematics of the subfamily Danioninae (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
- Conway, K.W., M.V. Hirt, L. Yang, R.L. Mayden, and A.M. Simons. 2010. Cypriniformes: Systematics & Paleontology. In: Origin and Phylogenetic Interrelationships of Teleosts, pp 295-316. Festschrift in honor of G. Arratia. (Eds. H.-P. Schultze, J.S. Nelson, and M.V.H. Wilson).
- Simons, A.M. and N.J Gidmark. 2009. Systematics and Phylogenetic Relationships of Cypriniformes. In: Grande, T., Pyato-Ariza, F. J., Diogo, R. (eds). Gonorynchiformes and Ostariophysan Relationships: A Comprehensive Review, pp: 409-440. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Jersey.