D. Andrew Merriwether

Education

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1993

About

Associate professor of anthropology and biology; research centers around six main themes: 1) peopling of new landscapes, primarily the peopling of the New World and of Oceania; 2) origins of domestication and diseases of domesticated animals, including camelids, flax, cotton, sweet potato and bottle gourd; 3) genetics of adaptation and human disease, including adaptation to life at high altitude, genetics of obesity and hypertension, myocarditis and choanal atresia; 4) population genetic and molecular evolution theory, including estimates of migration and migration routes, population genetics of expanding populations, phylogenetic age estimation; 5) methods for ancient DNA and forensics; and 6) genetics used to test theories of animal behavior, including the humpback whale, chimpanzees, camelids and mollusks.

Contact

andym@binghamton.edu

Research interests

My research centers around six main themes: 1) peopling of new landscapes, primarily the peopling of the New World and of Oceania; 2) origins of domestication and diseases of domesticated animals, including camelids and flax; 3) genetics of adaptation and human disease, including adaptation to life at high altitude, genetics of obesity and hypertension, myocarditis, and choanal atresia; 4) population genetic and molecular evolution theory, including estimates of migration and migration routes, population genetics of expanding populations, phylogenetic age estimation; 5) methods for ancient DNA and forensics; and 6) genetics used to test theories of animal behavior, including the humpback whale, chimpanzees, camelids, and mollusks.

Selected bibliography (last 5 years)

Friedlaender JS, Friedlaender FR, Reed FA, Kidd KK, Kidd JR, Chambers GK, Lea RA, Loo JH, Koki G, Hodgson JA, Merriwether DA, Weber JL. (2008) The genetic structure of Pacific Islanders. PLoS Genet. 2008 Jan;4(1):e19.

Hunley KL, Spence JE, Merriwether DA. (2008) The impact of group fissions on genetic structure in Native South America and implications for human evolution. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2008 Feb;135(2):195-205.

D. A. Merriwether (2008) Tools for Investigating Birth Defects: Atresia ani, AlpacaStreet.com, July 2008

D. A. Merriwether (2008) A Breeding Plan for Small Breeders in the US Market, AlpacaStreet.com, August 2008

D. A. Merriwether (2008) Research Prior to Purchase: What should you do? AlpacaStreet.com, September, 2008.

D. A. Merrriwether (2008) The Alpaca Genome Project. AlpacaStreet.com, June 2008.

Friedlaender JS, Friedlaender FR, Hodgson JA, Stoltz M, Koki G, Horvat G, Zhadanov S, Schurr TG, Merriwether DA. (2007) Melanesian mtDNA complexity. PLoS ONE. 2007 Feb 28;2(2):e248.

Hunley KL, Cabana GS, Merriwether DA, Long JC. (2007) A formal test of linguistic and genetic coevolution in native Central and South America. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2007 Apr;132(4):622-31.

Chapter 9. Inferring Prehistory from Genetic, Linguistic, and Geographic Variation (2007) Hunley, Keith; Dunn, Michael; Lindström, Eva; Reesink, Ger; Terrill, Angela; Norton, Heather; Scheinfeldt, Laura; Friedlaender, Françoise R.; Merriwether, D. Andrew; Koki, George; Friedlaender, Jonathan S. . Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific, Oxford Scholarship Online Monographs September 2007 , pp. 141-155(15)

Chapter 4. Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Northern Island Melanesia (2007) Friedlaender, Jonathan S.; Friedlaender, Françoise R.; Hodgson, Jason A.; McGrath, Stacy; Stoltz, Matthew; Koki, George; Schurr, Theodore G.; Merriwether, D. Andrew Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific, Oxford Scholarship Online Monographs September 2007 , pp. 61-81(21)

D. A. Merriwether How to figure out the recessive color. AlpacaStreet.com, July, 2007

D. A. Merriwether (2007) Advice to Breeders When Defects Arise, AlpacaStreet.com, September, 2007.

D.A. Merriwether (2007) Advice against linebreeding, AlpacaStreet.com, October 2007

D. A. Merriwether (2007) Domestication of Camelids, AlpacaStreet.com, November

D. A. Merriwether (2007) Report on the First International Workshop on Camelid Genetics, AlpacaStreet.com, January 2008

Sans M, Merriwether DA, Hidalgo PC, Bentancor N, Weimer TA, Franco MH, Alvarez I, Kemp BM, Salzano FM. (2006) Population structure and admixture in Cerro Largo, Uruguay, based on blood markers and mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms. Am J Hum Biol. 2006 Jul-Aug;18(4):513-24.

Cabana GS, Merriwether DA, Hunley K, Demarchi DA. (2006) Is the genetic structure of Gran Chaco populations unique? Interregional perspectives on native South American mitochondrial DNA variation. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2006 Sep;131(1):108-19.

Norton HL, Friedlaender JS, Merriwether DA, Koki G, Mgone CS, Shriver MD. (2006) Skin and hair pigmentation variation in Island Melanesia. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2006 Jun;130(2):254-68.

J.S. Lansing, A.J. Redd, T.M. Karafet, J. Watkins, I W. Ardika, S.P.K. Surata, J.W. Schoenfelder, M. Campbell, A.M. Merriwether & M.F. Hammer Reply to: Indian traders in ancient Bali: a reconsideration of the evidence by Ronald McLauchlan & Richard G. Thomas (2006) Antiquity Vol 80 No 307 March 2006

Allaby RG, Peterson GW, Merriwether DA, Fu YB. (2005) Evidence of the domestication history of flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) from genetic diversity of the sad2 locus. Theor Appl Genet. 2005 Dec;112(1):58-65. Epub 2005 Oct 8.

Merriwether DA, Hodgson JA, Friedlaender FR, Allaby R, Cerchio S, Koki G, Friedlaender JS. (2005) Ancient mitochondrial M haplogroups identified in the Southwest Pacific. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Sep 13;102(37):13034-9. Epub 2005 Sep 6. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Nov 15;102(46)16904.

Friedlaender J, Schurr T, Gentz F, Koki G, Friedlaender F, Horvat G, Babb P, Cerchio S, Kaestle F, Schanfield M, Deka R, Yanagihara R, Merriwether DA. (2005) Expanding Southwest Pacific mitochondrial haplogroups P and Q. Mol Biol Evol. 2005 Jun;22(6):1506-17. Epub 2005 Apr 6. Erratum in: Mol Biol Evol. 2005 Nov;22(11):2313.

Friedlaender, JS, Friedlaender, FR, Hodgson, JA, McGrath, S, Stoltz, M., Koki, G, Schurr, TG, and Merriwether, DA. (2005) Mitochondrial genetic diversity and its determinants in Island Melanesia. Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Jack Golson and Robin Hide, eds, 2005, Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples, Ch. 23: 693-716.

Paternity in humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae: assessing polygyny and skew in male reproductive success (2005) Salvatore Cerchio, Jeff K. Jacobsen, Danielle M. Cholewiak, Erin A. Falcone and D. Andrew Merriwether. Animal Behaviour Volume 70, Issue 2, 1 August 2005, Pages 267-277

Lansing, J.S., A.J. Redd, T.M. Karafet, J. Watkins, I.W. Ardika, S.P.K. Surata, J.W. Schoenfelder, M. Campbell, D.A. Merriwether, and M.F. Hammer. (2004) An Indian Trader in Ancient Bali? Antiquity 78:300: 287-293.

Merriwether, D. A., and Merriwether, A. M. (2003) Alpaca Color Genetics. Alpacas Magazine.Summer, 2003, pp164-168.

Robledo R, Scheinfeldt L, Merriwether DA, Thompson F, Friedlaender J. (2003) A 9.1-kb insertion/deletion polymorphism suggests a common pattern of genetic diversity in Island Melanesia. Hum Biol. 75(6): 941-9.

 

Last Updated: 8/2/16