Patricia L. R. Brennan

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

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B.Sc., Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia, 1994 Ph.D., Cornell University (La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica), 2005


Yale University and the University of Sheffield, Joint Postdoc appointment, 2005-2008 Yale University 2008-2009

Research Interests: 

Evolutionary Biology and Behavioral Ecology

I am an evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist. I study the evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment.

Representative Publications: 

Brennan, P. L., R., Prum, R. O., McCracken, K. G., Sorenson, M. D., Wilson, R. E., and T. R. Birkhead. 2007. Coevolution of male and female genital morphology in waterfowl. PLoS ONE, 2(5): e418. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000418. Brennan, P.L.R. and Hyseni, C. 2008. Development of microsatellite markers for Great Tinamous (Tinamus major). Molecular Ecology Resources, 8: 933-935. Brennan, P.L.R., Birkhead, T., Zyskowski, K., Van der Waag, J. and Prum, R. O. 2008. Independent evolutionary reductions of the phallus in basal birds. Journal of Avian Biology, 39: 487-492. Brennan, P.L.R. 2009. Incubation in Great Tinamous (Tinamus major). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 121 (3): 506-511. Branislav, I., Cassey, P., Grim, T., Gill, B. J., Brennan, P.L.R., Moskat, C., Greenwood, D.R., Hauber, M.E. 2009. Detecting biliverdin from colourful eggshells of extinct birds. Chemoecology, Doi: 10.1007/s00049-009-038-2. Brennan, P.L.R., Clark, C. and Prum, R. 2010. Explosive Eversion and Functional Morphology of Waterfowl Penis Supports Sexual Conflict in Genitalia. Proc. Royal Society B., 277(1686): 1309-14. Brennan, P.L.R. 2010. Clutch predation in Great Tinamous and implications for the evolution of egg color. Journal of Avian Biology, 41: 1-8. Brennan, P.L.R. 2010. Sexual Selection. Nature Education Knowledge , 1(8):24.