new manuscript on ecological trait divergence and bird speciation on bioRxiv

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Newly up on the bioRxiv: a sister-pair study on divergence of ecological traits and transitions to sympatry in birds, co-authored with Joseph Tobias and J. Gordon Burleigh. Have a look here: biorxiv-2016-083253v1-mcentee

molecular errors, drift barriers, and the evolution of cryptic genetic sequences

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

Newly up on the bioRxiv: theoretical population genetic work with Kun Xiong, David Porfirio, and Joanna Masel on the evolution of cryptic genetic sequences, which are bits of the genome that are occasionally erroneously expressed, and which can be co-opted during the course of evolution.

range expansion and genetic variation in coralsnakes

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

Excited to announce that my work with Jeff Streicher and colleagues on genetic variation in Micrurus coralsnakes has come out in Evolution. Part of the manuscript explains how a genetic surfing hypothesis best explains how variation in mtDNA became spatially sorted in the northern part of Micrurus tener’s range in the southern US: Edit: […]

social selection parapatry in sunbirds

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

Our manuscript detailing work on a sunbird contact zone in the Udzungwa Mountains is now out in Evolution ( – paywall) – see the preprint here ( – no paywall). The manuscript was also a research highlight in Nature:

sunbird hybrid zone preprint on bioRxiv

Posted on Jan 21, 2016

This preprint that examines the establishment of a parapatric boundary between sunbird species within the Udzungwa sky island in southern Tanzania is up on the bioRxiv. The manuscript is currently in revision, crossing fingers soon to be out in fully published format. The study was seriously multi-faceted, and depended on the work and contributions of a lot […]

Acacia ant wars

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

Kathleen Rudolph and I just had a paper on Acacia ants accepted at Behavioral Ecology. The preprint can be found here: Rudolph & McEntee: Spoils of war and peace Update: link to the Behavioral Ecology version (paywall)


Posted on Aug 14, 2014