Peer-reviewed Publications

In revision

Schweizer RM, Romero A, Tobalske BW, Semenov G, Rice A, Carling M, Taylor S, and Cheviron ZA. (In Revision). Thermal acclimation in a non-migratory songbird. Journal of Experimental Biology.

Schiebelhut LM, Guillame AS*, Kuhn A*, Schweizer RM*, et al. Practical guidance in conservation genomics: from study design to application. Molecular Ecology Resources. 


Wilsterman K, Moore EC, Schweizer RM, Cunningham K, Good JM, and Cheviron ZA. (Accepted). Structural and functional adaptations in the placenta protect fetal growth at altitude in a North American rodent. PNAS,

Schweizer RM, Ivy CM, Natarajan C, Scott GR, Storz JF, Cheviron ZA. (In Press). Gene regulatory changes underlie developmental plasticity in respiration and aerobic performance in highland deer mice. Molecular Ecology,

vonHoldt BM, Schweizer RM, Stahler D, Robinson JA, Pires D, Koepfli K-P. (2023). In Memoriam: Robert K. Wayne, a pioneer of evolutionary genomics for wildlife with an emphasis on endangered species. J of Heredity.


Ivy CM, Wearing OH, Natarajan C, Schweizer RM, Gutiérrez-Pinto N, Velotta JP, Campbell-Staton SC, Petersen EE, Fago A, Cheviron ZA, Storz JF, and Scott GR. (2022). Genetic variation in haemoglobin is associated with evolved changes in breathing in high-altitude deer mice. J of Experimental Biology. 225 (2): jeb243595. Abstract.


Schweizer RM, Jones MR, Bradburd GS, Senner N, Wolf C, Storz JF and Cheviron ZA (2021). Broad concordance in the spatial distribution of adaptive and neutral genetic variation along an elevational cline in deer mice. Molecular Biology and Evolution. Abstract.

Schweizer RM, Saarman N, Ramstad K, Forester BR, Kelley JL, Hand B, Malison RL, Ackiss AS, Watsa M Beja-Pereira A, Waples R, Funk C, and Luikart G (2021). Big data in conservation genomics: Boosting skills, hedging bets, and staying current in the field. Journal of Heredity. Invited Review. Abstract


Schweizer RM, Stahler D, Cassidy K, Hedrick P, Coulson T, vonholdt B, Johnston R, MacNulty D, Wayne RK (2020). “The K locus: Rise of the black wolf,” in Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World’s First National Park, ed. Smith, Stahler, MacNulty. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). Purchase.

Schweizer RM* and Wayne RK*. (2020). Illuminating the mysteries of wolf history. Invited Perspective for Molecular Ecology, 162, 1589-1591. *denotes that authors contributed equally to this work. Abstract, PDF.

Velotta JP, Robertson CE, Schweizer RM, McClelland GB, and Cheviron ZA. (2020). Adaptive shifts in gene regulation underlie a developmental delay in thermogenesis in high-altitude deer mice. Molecular Biology and Evolution. Abstract, PDF.

Campbell-Staton SC, Winchell KM, Rochette N, Fredette J, Maayan I, Schweizer RM, Catchen J. (2020). Parallel selection on thermal physiology facilitates repeated adaptation of city lizards to urban heat islands. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 4:652–658. Abstract, PDF.


Schweizer RM*, Velotta JP*, Ivy CM, Jones MR, Muir SM, Bradburd GS, Storz JF, Scott GR, Cheviron ZA. (2019). Physiological and genomic evidence that a transcription factor contributes to adaptive cardiovascular function in high-altitude deer mice. PLoS Genetics. *denotes that authors contributed equally to this work. Abstract, PDF.

Koch E*, Schweizer RM*, Schweizer TM, Stahler D, Smith D, Wayne RK, Novembre J. (2019). De novo mutation rate estimation in a pedigreed wolf population. Molecular Biology and Evolution. *denotes that authors contributed equally to this work. Abstract, PDF.

Nelson T, Jones MR, Velotta JP, Dhawanjewar A, Schweizer RM. (2019). UNVEILing connections between genotype, phenotype, and fitness in natural populations. Molecular Ecology, 28: 1866–1876. Abstract, PDF.

Hendricks SA, Schweizer RM, Wayne RK (2019). Conservation genomics illuminates the adaptive uniqueness of North American gray wolves. Conservation Genetics, 20:29–43. Invited submissionAbstract, PDF.



This beautiful image of a coastal wolf was used with permission of photographer Steve Williamson.

Hendricks SA*, Schweizer RM*, Harrigan RJ, Pollinger JP, Brown R, Morgan R, Adams JR, Waits LP, vonholdt BM, Hohenlohe PA, Wayne RK. (2018). Natural re-colonization and admixture of wolves (Canis lupus) in the US Pacific Northwest: challenges for the protection and management of rare and endangered taxa. Heredity. *denotes that authors contributed equally to this work. Abstract, PDF

– Editor’s Choice: The Best of Heredity 2018

– Featured on Cover Image of Heredity February 2019

– Featured on Heredity podcast:

Schweizer RM, Durvasula A, Smith J, Vohr SH, Stahler DR, Galaverni M, Thalmann O, Smith D, Randi E, Ostrander EA, Lohmueller K, Green RE, Novembre J, Wayne RK. (2018). Natural selection and origin of a melanistic allele in North American gray wolves. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 35:1190-1209. Abstract, PDF


Hendricks SH, Koblmüller S, Harrigan R, Leonard J, Schweizer RM, vonholdt B, Kays R, Wayne R. (2017) Defense of an Expanded Historical Range for the Mexican Wolf: A Response to Heffelfinger et al. Journal of Wildlife Management. Abstract, PDF


Freedman, AH, Schweizer, RM, Ortega-Del Vecchyo, D, Han, E, Davis, BW, Gronau, I, Silva, PM, Galaverni, M, Fan, Z, Marx, Lorente-Galdos, B, Ramirez, O, Hormozdiari, F, Alkan, C, Vila, C, Squire, K, Geffen, E, Kusak, J, Boyko, AR, Parker, HG, Lee, C, Tadigotla, V, Siepel, A, Bustamante, CD, Harkins, TT, Nelson, SF, Marques-Bonet, T, Ostrander, E, Wayne, RK, Novembre, J. (2016). Demographically-Based Evaluation of Genomic Regions Under Selection in Domestic Dogs, PLoS Genetics. 1-23. Abstract, PDF

Fan X, Gronau I, Wang S, Aermero AS, Schweizer RM, Ramirez O, Pollinger J, Silva P, Galaverni M, Del Vecchyo DO, Du L, Zhang W, Zhang Z, Xing J, Vilà C, Marques-Bonet T, Yue B, Wayne RK (2016) Worldwide patterns of genomic variation and admixture in gray wolves. Genome Research, 26:163-173. Abstract, PDF


The image of wolves on the front cover was submitted on our behalf by Dr. Dan Stahler, a Wolf Biologist at Yellowstone National Park.

Schweizer, RM, Robinson, J, Harrigan, R, Silva, P, Galaverni, M, Musiani, M, Green, RE, Novembre, J, Wayne, RK. (2016) Targeted capture and resequencing of 1040 genes reveal environmentally driven functional variation in gray wolves. Molecular Ecology, 25:357–379. Abstract, PDF

Schweizer, RM, vonHoldt, B, Harrigan, R, Knowles, J, Musiani, M, Coltman, D, Novembre, J, Wayne, RK (2016) Genetic subdivision and candidate genes under selection in North American gray wolves. Molecular Ecology, 25:380-402. Abstract, PDF


Koepfli, K-P, Pollinger, JP, Godinho, R, Robinson, J, Lea, A, Hendricks, S, Schweizer, RM, Thalmann, O, Silva, P, Fan, Z, Yurchenko, AA, Dobrynin, P, Makunin, A, Cahill, JA, Shapiro, B, Alvares, F, Brito, JC, Geffen, E, Leonard, JA, Helgen, KM, Johnson, WE, O’Brien, SJ, Van Valkenburgh, B, Wayne, RK. (2015) Genome-wide Evidence Reveals that African and Eurasian Golden Jackals Are Distinct Species. Current Biology, 25: 1–9Abstract, PDF

Lonsinger, RC, Schweizer, RM, Pollinger, JP, Wayne, RK, and Roemer, GW. (2015). Fine-scale genetic structure of the ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) in a sky island mountain range. Journal of Mammalogy, 96:257–268. Abstract, PDF


Freedman, AH, Gronau, I, Schweizer, RM, Vecchyo, D, Han, E, Silva, PM, Galaverni, M, Fan, X, Marx, P, Lorente-Galdos, B, Beale, H, Ramirez, O, Hormozdiari, F, Alkan, C, Vilà, C, Squire, K, Geffen, E, Kusak, J, Boyko, AR, Parker, HG, Lee, C, Tadigotla, V, Siepel, A, Bustamante, CD, Harkins, TT, Nelson, SF, Ostrander, EA, Marques-Bonet, T, Wayne, RK, and Novembre, J. (2014). Genome Sequencing Highlights the Dynamic Early History of Dogs. PLoS Genetics, 10:1-12. Abstract, PDF

And Perspective piece: Larson, G and Bradley, DG. How much is that in dog years? The advent of canine population genomics. PLoS Genetics, 10:1-3. Abstract


Thalmann, O, Shapiro, B, Cui, P, Schuenemann, VJ, Sawyer, SK, Greenfield, DL, Germonpré, MB, Sablin, MV, López-Giráldez, F, Napierala, H, Uerpmann, H-P, Loponte, DM, Acosta, AA, Giemsch, L, Schmitz, RW, Worthington, B, Buikstra, JE, Druzhkova, A, Graphodatsky, AS, Ovodov, ND, Wahlberg, N, Freedman, AH, Schweizer, RM, Koepfli, K-P, Leonard, JA, Meyer, M, Krause, J, Pääbo, S, Green, RE and Wayne, RK. (2013) Complete mitochondrial genomes of ancient canids suggest a European origin of domestic dogs. Science, 342:871-874. Abstract, PDF

Fuller, T, Thomassen, HA, Peralvo, M, Buermann,W, Mila, B, Kieswetter, CM, Jarrın-V, P, Cameron, SE, Mason, E, Schweizer, RM, Schlunegger, J, Chan, J, Wang, O, Schneider, CJ, Pollinger, JP, Saatchi, S, Graham, CH, Wayne, RK, and Smith, TB (2013) Intraspecific morphological and genetic variation of common species predicts ranges of threatened ones. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology, 280:1-10. Abstract, PDF


Thomassen, HA, Fuller, T, Buermann, W, Mila, B, Kieswetter, CM, Jarrın-V, P, Cameron, SE, Mason, E, Schweizer, RM Schlunegger, J, Chan, J, Wang, O, Peralvo, M, Schneider, CJ, Graham, CH, Pollinger, JP, Saatchi, S, Wayne, RK, and Smith, TB. (2011) Mapping evolutionary process: a multi-taxa approach to conservation prioritization. Evolutionary Applications, 4:397–413. Abstract, PDF


Slater, GJ, Thalmann, O, Leonard, JA, Schweizer, RM, Koepfli, KP, Pollinger, JP, Rawlence, NJ, Austin, JJ, Cooper, A and Wayne, RK (2009) Evolutionary history of the Falklands wolf. Current Biology, 19: R937-8. Abstract, PDF


Schweizer, RM, Roemer, G, Pollinger, J, Wayne, RK (2008) Characterization of 15 tetra-nucleotide microsatellite markers in the ringtail (Bassariscus astutus). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9:210-2. Abstract, PDF

Popular Science Publications

Stahler, D, vonHoldt, BM, Schweizer, RM, Wayne, RK (2016) Yellowstone wolves at the yellowstone_science_coverfrontiers of genetic research. Yellowstone Science, 45:18-24. PDF