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Jan Janecka

Research Assistant Professor

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Department: VIBS

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  • Ph.D. Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M-Kingsville 2006
  • M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont 2002
  • B.S. Biology, Cornell University 1999

Scholarly Interests

Population Genetics; Conservation Genetics; Phylogenetics; Noninvasive Genetics; Ecology; Wildlife Monitoring; Mammals; Felids; Equids; Snow Leopards; Mountain Lions; Ocelots; Bobcats; Adaptation to High-Altitude; Mongolia; Wildlife in Central Asia; Equine Genomics; Laminitis; Y Chromosome Evolution


Genetic diversity, population structure, and movements of mountain lions (Puma concolor) in Texas
Holbrook JD, De Young RW, Janecka JE, Tewes ME, Honeycutt RL, Young JH.
Journal of Mammalogy . 2012 ; 93:989–1000.
Exploring the correlations between sequence evolution rate and phenotypic divergence across the Mammalian tree provides insights into adaptive evolution
Janecka JE, Chowdhary B, Murphy WJ .
Journal of Bioscience . 2012 ; 37:1–13. .
Response to comment on “Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Mammal Diversification"
Murphy MJ, Janecka JE, Stadler T, Eizirik E, Ryder OA, Gatesy J, Meredith RW, Springer MS.
Science. 2012 ; 337:34–35.
Applications and techniques for non-invasive faecal genetics research in felid conservation
Rodgers T, Janecka JE .
European Journal of Wildlife Research . 2012 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10344-012-0675-6.
Reconciling sustainable development of mountain communities with large carnivore conservation
Rosen T, Hussain S, Mohammad G, Jackson R, Janecka JE, Michel S .
Mountain Research and Development . 2012 ; 32:286–293.
Macroevolutionary dynamics and historical biogeography of primate diversification inferred from a species supermatrix
Springer MS, Meredith R, Gatesy J, Emerling C, Park J, Rabosky D, Stadler TC, Ryder O, Janecka JE, Fisher C, Murphy W.
PLoS ONE. 2012 ; 7:11:e49521:1–23.
Pyrosequencing of 16s rRNA Genes in fecal samples reveals high diversity of hindgut microflora in horses and potential links to chronic laminitis
Steelman S, Chowdhary B, Suchodolski J, Dowd S, Janecka JE .
BMC Veterinary Research . 2012 ; 8:231. DOI: 10.1186/1746-6148-8-231.
Comparison of noninvasive genetic and camera-trapping techniques for surveying snow leopards
Janecka JE, Munkhtsog B, Jackson RM, Mallon DP, Naranbaatar G, Gerelmaa K, Murphy WJ .
Journal of Mammalogy . 2011 ; 92:771–783.
Noninvasive genetic population survey of snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Shey Phoksundo National Park and surrounding buffer zones of Nepal
Karmacharya DB, Thapa K, Shrestha R, Dhakal M, Janecka JE.
BMC Research Notes . 2011 ; 4:1–8.
Mountain lions in Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Estimates of occurrence and distribution through DNA analysis
Gilad O, Janecka, JE, Armstrong F, Tewes ME, Honeycutt TL .
The Southwestern Naturalist. 2011 ; 56:297–304.
Food habits of snow leopard Panthera uncia (Schreber, 1775) in Baltistan, Northern Pakistan
Anwar MB, Jackson R, Nadeem MS, Janecka JE, S Hussain, Beg MA, Ghulam M, and Qayyum M .
European Journal of Wildlife Research. 2011 ; DOI 10.1007/s10344-011-0521-2.
Reduced genetic diversity and isolation of remnant ocelot populations occupying a severely fragmented landscape in southern Texas.
Janecka JE, Tewes ME, Laack LL, Caso A, Grassman LI Jr, Haines AM, Shindle D, Davis B, Murphy WJ, Honeycutt RL.
Animal Conservation . 2011 ; DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00475.x.
Accelerated evolution of a putative premating isolation gene, CES7, in the cat family
Li G, Janecka JE, Murphy WJ .
Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2011 ; 28:911–920.
Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Extant Mammal Diversification.
*Meredith, RW, *Janecka JE, Gatesy J, Ryder OA, Fisher CA, Teeling EC, Alisha Goodbla A, Eizirik E, Simão TLL, Stadler T, Rabosky DL, Honeycutt RL, Flynn JF, Ingram CI, Steiner C, Williams TL, Robinson TJR, Burk-Herrick A, Westerman M, Ayoub NA, *Springer MS, *Murphy WJ, *Contributed equally .
Science. 2011 ; DOI:10.1126/science.1211028.
The historical biogeography of Mammalia.
Springer MS, Meredith RW, Janecka JE, Murphy WJ .
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2011 ; 366:2478–2502.
The mitochondrial genome sequence of the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus).
Miller W, Drautz DI, Janecka JE, Lesk AM, Ratan A, Tomsho LP, Packard M, Zhang Y, McClellan LR, Qi J, Zhao F, Gilbert MTP, Dalén L, Arsuaga JL, Ericson PGP, Huson DH, Helgen KM, Murphy WJ, Götherström A, Schuster SC .
Genome Research . 2009 ; 19:213–220.
Small effective population sizes of two remnant ocelot populations (Leopardus pardalis albescens) in the United States.
Janecka JE, Tewes ME, Laack LL, Grassman LI Jr, Haines AM, Honeycutt RL .
Conservation Genetics . 2008 ; 9:869–878.
Evidence for multiple species of Sunda colugos.
Janecka JE, Lim NT-L, Baba M, Izawa M, Boeadi, Murphy WJ .
Current Biology . 2008 ; 18:R1001–R1002.
Population monitoring of snow leopards using noninvasive collection of scat samples: A pilot study.
Janecka JE, Jackson R, Zhang Y, Li D, Munkhtsog B, Buckley-Beason V, Murphy WJ .
Animal Conservation . 2008 ; 11:401–411.
Phylogenetic relationships of ocelot (Leopardus pardalis albescens) populations from the Tamaulipan Biotic Province and implications for recovery.
Janecka JE, Walker CW, Tewes ME, Caso A, Laack LL, Honeycutt RL .
The Southwestern Naturalist . 2007 ; 52:89–96.
Evidence for male-biased dispersal in bobcats Lynx rufus using relatedness analysis.
Janecka JE, Blankenship TL, Hirth DH, Kilpatrick CW, Tewes ME, Grassman LI Jr .
Wildlife Biology . 2007 ; 13:38–47.
Whole genome amplification for sequencing and applications in conservation genetics.
Janecka JE, Grassman LI Jr, Honeycutt RL, Tewes ME .
The Journal of Wildlife Management . 2007 ; 71:1357–1360.
Molecular and genomic data identify the closest living relative of primates.
Janecka JE, Miller W, Pringle TH, Wiens F, Zitzmann A, Helgen KM, Springer MS, Murphy WJ.
Science. 2007 Nov; 318(5851):792-4.
PMID: 17975064 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
First ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) monitored with GPS telemetry.
Haines AM, Grassman LI, Janecka JE, Tewes ME .
European Journal of Wildlife Research . 2006 ; 52:216–218.
Rapid whole genome amplification of DNA from felids: Applications for conservation genetics.
Janecka JE, Grassman LI Jr, Derr JN, Honeycutt RL, Eiadthong W, Tewes ME .
Wildlife Society Bulletin . 2006 ; 34:1134–1141.
Kinship and social structure of bobcats (Lynx rufus) inferred from microsatellite and radio-telemetry data.
Janecka JE, Blankenship TL, Hirth DH, Tewes ME, CW Kilpatrick, LI Grassman Jr .
Journal of Zoology (London) . 2006 ; 269:494–501.
The importance of private lands for ocelot Leopardus pardalis conservation in the United States.
Haines AM, Janecka JE, Tewes ME, Grassman LI, Morton P .
Oryx . 2006 ; 40:1–5.
Chemical immobilization of free-ranging dhole (Cuon alpinus), binturong (Arctis binturong), and yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula) in Thailand.
Grassman LI, Janecka JE, Austin SC, Tewes ME, Silvy NJ .
European Journal of Wildlife Research . 2006 ; 52:297–300.
Activity periods of photo-captured mammals in northcentral Thailand.
Grassman LI, Haines AM, Janecka JE, Tewes ME .
Mammalia . 2006 ; 70:306–309.
Characterization of a Sinorhizobium isolate and its extracellular polymer implicated in pollutant transport in soil.
Janecka JE, Jenkins MB, Brackett NS, Lion LW, Ghiorse WC .
Applied and Environmental Microbiology . 2002 ; 68:423–425.
Economic and environmental threats of alien plant, animal, and microbe invasions.
Pimentel D, McNair S, Janecka JE, Wightman J, Simmonda C, O’Connel C, Wong E, Russel L, Zern J, Aquino T, Tsomondo T.
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment . 2001 ; 84:1–20.