Dr. Jocelyn Colella

Jocelyn Colella
  • Robert W. and Geraldine Wilson Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Curator
  • Research Interests: Evolutionary Genomics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Hybridization


Dr. Colella is an evolutionary ecologist whose research leverages the temporal and geographic breadth of natural history collections to understand how organisms respond to change through time.


Biology, with Distinction, University of New Mexico, 2019

Selected Publications

Colella, J. P., A. Tigano, and M. D. MacManes. “A Linked‐read Approach to Museomics: Higher Quality de Novo Genome Assemblies from Degraded Tissues.” Journal Articles. Molecular Ecology Resources 20, no. 4 (March 10, 2020): 856–70. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.13155.
Tigano, Anna, Jocelyn P. Colella, and Matthew D. MacManes. “Comparative and Population Genomics Approaches Reveal the Basis of Adaptation to Deserts in a Small Rodent.” Journal Articles. Molecular Ecology 29, no. 7 (2020): 1300–1314. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15401.
Colella, Jocelyn P., Sandra L. Talbot, Christian Brochmann, Eric B. Taylor, Eric P. Hoberg, and Joseph A. Cook. “Conservation Genomics in a Changing Arctic.” Other. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.09.008.
Burgin, Connor J., Jocelyn P. Colella, Philip L. Kahn, and Nathan S. Upham. “How Many Species of Mammals Are There?” Journal Articles. Journal of Mammalogy 99, no. 1 (2018): 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyx147.
Colella, Jocelyn P., Ellie J. Johnson, and Joseph A. Cook. “Reconciling Molecules and Morphology in North American Martes.” Journal Articles. Journal of Mammalogy 99, no. 6 (2018): 1323–35. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyy140.
Dawson, Natalie G., Jocelyn P. Colella, Maureen P. Small, Karen D. Stone, Sandra L. Talbot, and Joseph A. Cook. “Historical Biogeography Sets the Foundation for Contemporary Conservation of Martens (Genus Martes) in Northwestern North America.” Journal Articles. Journal of Mammalogy 98, no. 3 (2017): 715–30. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyx047.
McLean, Bryan S., Kayce C. Bell, Jonathan L. Dunnum, Bethany Abrahamson, Jocelyn P. Colella, Eleanor R. Deardorff, Jessica A. Weber, Amanda K. Jones, Fernando Salazar-Miralles, and Joseph A. Cook. “Natural History Collections-Based Research: Progress, Promise, and Best Practices.” Journal Articles. Journal of Mammalogy 97, no. 1 (2016): 287–97. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv178.
Colella, J. P., L. M. Frederick, and J. A. Cook. “Extrinsically-Reinforced Hybrid Speciation within Holarctic Ermine (MustelaSpp.) Produces an Insular Endemic .” Journal Articles. Diversity & Distributions, Submitted/In Review.