Insect (especially beetle) systematics & evolution
Evolutionary ecology of insect-plant interactions
Phylogenetics/genomics & phyloinformatics
Research in my lab is focused on insect (especially beetle) genomics, molecular phylogenetics and evolution, and the evolutionary-ecology of insect-plant interactions. DNA sequencing, phylogenetic analyses, and museum and field collected specimens and data play important roles in nearly all ongoing studies. In recognition of the negative impacts of habitat loss and climate change on biodiversity, several ongoing projects also have conservation biological goals and implications.
Select Recent Publications
DD McKenna. In Press. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution of Coleoptera. In Beutel, R.G. & R.A.B. Leschen (Eds.) Handbook of Zoology. Volume IV. Arthropoda: Insecta. Part 38. Coleoptera, Beetles.
B Wang, JY Ma, DD McKenna, EV Yan, HC Zhang & EA Jarzembowski. 2013. The earliest known longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae: Prioninae) and implications for the early evolution of Chrysomeloidea. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology doi: 10.1080/14772019.
O Niehuis, G Hartig, S Grath, H Pohl, J Lehmann, H Tafer, A Donath, V Krauss, C Eisenhardt, J Hertel, M Petersen, C Mayer, K Meusemann, R Peters, P Stadler, R Beutel, E Bornberg-Bauer, DD McKenna & B Misof. (2012). Genomic and morphological evidence converge to resolve the enigma of Strepsiptera. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.05.018 (Cover)
DD McKenna. 2011. Temporal lags and overlap in the diversification of weevils and flowering plants: Recent advances and prospects for additional resolution. American Entomologist 57(1): 54-55.
DD McKenna. 2011. Towards a Temporal Framework for “Inordinate Fondness”: Reconstructing the Macroevolutionary History of Beetles (Coleoptera). Entomologica America 117(1&2): 28-36.
CR Meskens, DD McKenna, T Hance, & D Windsor. 2011. Host plant taxonomy and phenotype dictate the structure of a tropical hispine beetle-host plant food web. Ecological Entomology 36(4): 480-489.
Duane McKenna Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Biological Sciences
Associate, Program in Bioinformatics
Associate, W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research
Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Memphis
3774 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
dmckenna [at] memphis.edu
Phone: (901) 678-1386
Fax: (901) 678-4746