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David Lohman

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David Lohman

Associate Professor

MR816 (office) | MR802 (lab)
Marshak Science Building
Phone Number: 
212-650-8456 (office)
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Dr. Lohman studies the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of insects in the Old World tropics.  He uses a combination of field ecology and molecular phylogenetic methods to investigate how interactions between insects and other organisms shape hyper-diverse communities in tropical forests.


Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore, 2006-2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2004-2005
Ph.D. in Biology, Harvard University, 2004
M.A. in Biology, Harvard University, 2000
Fulbright Scholar, Griffith University (Australia), 2005-2006
B.S. in Biology, Bradley University, 1995

Courses Taught
Biology 22800 - Ecology and Evolution
Biology 46000 - Animal Behavior
Biology A6000 - Animal Behavior
Biology 76001 - Ecology Lecture
Biology V9006 - Seminar in Ecology
Research Interests

David Lohman studies the ecology and evolution of insects in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. He uses a combination of field ecology and molecular phylogenetic methods to investigate how interactions between insects and other organisms shape hyper-diverse communities in the tropics. He is also studies the phylogeography of butterflies and other organisms in the Indo-Australian archipelago.

37. Bhattacharjee, A., J.D. Anadón, D.J. Lohman, T. Doleck, T. Lakhankar , B.B. Shrestha, P. Thapa, D. Devkota, S. Tiwari, A. Jha, M. Siwakoti, N.R. Devkota, P.K. Jha and N.Y. Krakauer. In review. The impact of climate change on biodiversity in Nepal: current knowledge, gaps and opportunities. Climate.
36. Cumming, R.T., J. Leong, & D.J. Lohman. In review. Leaf insects from Luzon, Philippines, with descriptions of three new species and a new genus Pseudomicrophyllium (Phasmida: Phylliidae). Zootaxa.
35. Tsang, S.M., S. Wiantoro, M.J. Veluz, N. Sugita, N.B. Simmons, & D.J. Lohman. In revision. Dispersal across the Indo-Australian Archipelago spurs diversification of Pteropus flying foxes, the world’s largest bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera). Journal of Biogeography.
34. Panettieri, S., E. Gjinaj, G. John, & D.J. Lohman. In review. Different ommochrome pigment mixtures enable sexually dimorphic Batesian mimicry in allopatric populations of the common palmfly butterfly, Elymnias hypermnestra. PLoS ONE.
33. Tsang, S.M., S. Wiantoro, M.J. Veluz, N.B. Simmons, & D.J. Lohman. In review. High levels of inferred gene flow among geographically distant populations of Pteropus vampyrus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Acta Chiropterologica.
32. Wei, C.-H., D.J. Lohman, D. Peggie, & S.-H. Yen. 2017. An illustrated checklist of the genus Elymnias Hübner, 1818 (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). ZooKeys, 676: 47-152.
31. Dupont, S.T., D.S. Zemeitat*, D.J. Lohman, & N.E. Pierce. 2016. The setae of parasitic Liphyra brassolis butterfly larvae form a flexible armour for resisting attack by their ant hosts (Lycaenidae: Lepidoptera). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117: 607-619.
30. Espeland, M., M. Cornwall*, J.P. W. Hall, P.J. DeVries, D. Campbell, G. Talavera, R. Vila, A. Axen, S. Salzman*, S. Ruehr*, D.J. Lohman, & N.E. Pierce. 2015. Phylogeny and biogeography of the Riodinidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 93: 296-306.
29. Kaliszewska, Z.A.*#, D.J. Lohman#, G. Adelson, K. Sommer, D.B. Rand, J. Mathew, & N.E. Pierce. 2015. When caterpillars attack: biogeography and life history evolution of the Miletinae (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Evolution, 69: 571-588. #joint first authors
28. Braby, M.F., G.E. Farias Quipildor*, R.I. Vane-Wright, & D.J. Lohman. 2015. Morphological and molecular evidence supports recognition of Danaus petilia (Stoll, 1790) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) as a species distinct from D. chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758). Systematics and Biodiversity, 13: 386-402.
27. Lohman, D.J. & S.M. Tsang*. 2014. Book Review: A manifesto of panbiogeography, Australiasian edition. Frontiers of Biogeography, 6: 191-193.
26. Burg, N.A*., A. Pradhan*, R.M. Gonzalez*, E.Z. Morban*, E.W. Zhen*, & D.J. Lohman. 2014. Inferring the provenance of an alien species with DNA barcodes: the Neotropical butterfly Dryas iulia in Thailand. PLoS ONE, 9: e10407.
25. de Bruyn, M., B. Stelbrink, T.J. Page, M.J. Phillips, D.J. Lohman, C. Albrecht, R. Hall, K. von Rintelen, P.K.L. Ng, H.-T. Shih, G.R. Carvalho, & T. von Rintelen. 2013. Time and space in biogeography: response to Parenti & Ebach. Journal of Biogeography, 40: 2204-2206
24. Basset, Y., R. Eastwood, L. Sam*, D.J. Lohman, V. Novotny, T. Treuer*, V. Novotny, S.E. Miller, G.D. Weiblen, N.E. Pierce, S. Bunyavejchewin, W. Sakchoowong, P. Kongnoo & M.A. Osorio-Arenas.  2013. Cross-continental comparisons of butterfly assemblages in rainforests: implications for biological monitoring. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6: 223-233.
23. Yong, D.L.*, C.W. Gan, D.J. Lohman, L. Qie, S. L.-H. Lim. 2012. Tropical butterfly communities on land-bridge islands in peninsular Malaysia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, S25: 161-172.
22. Lohman, D. J.#, M. de Bruyn#, T. Page, K. von Rintelen, R. Hall, P. K. L. Ng, H.-T. Shih, G. C. Carvalho, & T. von Rintelen. 2011. Biogeography of the Indo-Australian archipelago. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 42: 205-226. # joint first authors
21. Basset, Y., R. Eastwood, L. Sam*, D.J. Lohman, V. Novotny, T. Treuer*, S.E. Miller, G.D. Weiblen, N.E. Pierce, S. Bunyavejchewin, W. Sakchoowong, P. Kongnoo & M.A. Osorio-Arenas. 2011. Comparison of rainforest butterfly assemblages across three biogeographical regions using standardized protocols. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 44:17-28.
20. Vaidya, G*., D.J. Lohman, & R. Meier. 2011. SequenceMatrix: concatenation software for the fast assembly of multigene datasets with character set and codon information. Cladistics, 27: 171-180.
19. Sodhi, N.S., T.M. Lee, C.H. Sekercioglu, E.L. Webb, D.M. Prawiradilaga, D.J. Lohman, N.E. Pierce, A.C. Diesmos, M. Rao & P.R. Ehrlich. 2010. Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19: 1175-1188.
18. Lohman, D.J., K.K. Ingram, D.M. Prawiradilaga, K. Winker, F.H. Sheldon, R.G. Moyle, P.K.L. Ng, P.S. Ong, L.K. Wang, T.M. Braile, D. Astuti & R. Meier. 2010. Cryptic genetic diversity in “widespread” Southeast Asian bird species suggests that Philippine avian endemism is gravely underestimated. Biological Conservation 143: 1885-1890.
17. Rizali, A., D.J. Lohman, D. Buchori, L.B. Prasetyo, H. Triwidodo, M.M. Bos, S. Yamane & C.H. Schulze. 2010. Ant communities on small, disturbed tropical islands: effects of island size and isolation are obscured by “tramp” species. Journal of Biogeography, 37:229-236.
16. Russell, J.A., C.S. Moreau, B. Godman-Huertas, M. Fujiwara, D.J. Lohman & N.E. Pierce. 2009. Bacterial gut symbionts are tightly linked with the evolution of herbivory in ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 106: 21236-21241.
15. *Gomez, J.P., R. Sison & D.J. Lohman. 2009. New and notable birds from Alabat Island, Quezon, Philippines. Forktail, 25:148-151.
14. Sheldon, F.H., D.J. Lohman, H.C. Lim, F. Zou, S.M. Goodman, D.M. Prawiradilaga, K. Winker, T.M. Braile & R.G. Moyle. 2009. Phylogeography of the magpie-robin species complex (Aves: Turdidae: Copsychus) reveals a Philippine species and novel dispersal patterns in the Indian Ocean and S.E. Asia. Journal of Biogeography, 36:1070-1083.
13. Lohman, D.J. & V.U. Samarita. 2009. The biology of carnivorous butterfly larvae (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Miletinae: Miletini) and their ant-tended hemipteran prey in Thailand and the Philippines. Journal of Natural History, 43: 569-581.
12. Lohman, D.J., D. M. Prawiradilaga & R. Meier. 2009. Improved COI barcoding primers for South East Asian perching birds (Aves: Passeriformes). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9: 37-40.
11. Lohman, D.J., D. Peggie, N.E. Pierce & R. Meier. 2008. Phylogeography and genetic diversity of a widespread Old World butterfly, Lampides boeticus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8: 301.
10. Eastwood, R.E., D.J. Lohman & A. King. 2008. New ant associations and biological data for Australian lycaenid butterfliesAustralian Entomologist, 35: 47-56.
9. Sodhi N.S., D. Astuti, A.C. Diesmos, P.G.P. Ericson, N. Fernandopulle, S. Kotagama, E. Kudavidanege, H.C. Lim, B. Lee, S.L.H. Lim, Y. Lin, D.J. Lohman, W. Meckvichai, H. Miranda, R.G. Moyle, P. Ong, K.A. Pan, D. M. Prawiradilaga, M.A. Rahman, A. Rahmani, F.H. Sheldon, M.Y. Stoeckle, S. Sulandari, L.K. Wang & K. Winker. 2007. Barcoding Indo-Malayan birds. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 55: 397-398
8. Clements, R., D. Bickford & D.J. Lohman. 2007. Can YouTube save the planet? The Scientist, 21: 26.
7. Clements, R., N.S. Sodhi, D. Bickford, D.J. Lohman & M. Posa. 2007. Science outreach by online video sharing. Nautilus: by_online_vid.html [12 March 2015]
6. Lohman, D.J., D. Bickford & N.S. Sodhi. 2007. The Burning Issue. Science, 316: 376.
5. Bickford, D., D.J. Lohman, N.S. Sodhi, P.K.L. Ng, R. Meier, K. Winker, K. Ingram & I. Das. 2007. Cryptic species: a new window on diversity and conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 22: 148-155.
4. Lohman, D.J., Q. Liao & N.E. Pierce. 2006. Convergence of chemical mimicry in a guild of aphid predators. Ecological Entomology, 31:41-51.
3. Pierce, N.E., M.R. Braby, A. Heath, D. J. Lohman, J. Mathew, D.B. Rand & M.A. Travassos.  2002.  The ecology and evolution of interactions between lycaenid butterflies and ants.  Annual Review of Entomology, 47: 733-771.
2. Lohman D.J. & K.D. McConnaughay. 1998. Patterns of defensive chemical production in wild parsnip seedlings (Apiaceae: Pastinaca sativa L.). Chemoecology, 8: 195-200.
1. Lohman D.J., A.R. Zangerl & M.R. Berenbaum. 1996. Impact of floral herbivory by parsnip webworm (Oecophoridae: Depressaria pastinacella Duponchel) on pollination and fitness of wild parsnip (Apiaceae: Pastinaca sativa L.). American Midland Naturalist, 136: 407-412.


Lohman, D. J.#, M. de Bruyn#, T. Page, K. von Rintelen, R. Hall, P. K. L. Ng, H.-T. Shih, G. C. Carvalho, & T. von Rintelen. 2011. Biogeography of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics in press. # joint firs
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