Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Brigham Young University

Teaching Interests

  • Systematics
  • Entomology
  • Invertebrate Zoology

Research Interests

I am a molecular systematist and entomologist. My principle research area is the systematics and biogeography of the damselflies of Pacific islands. I have worked extensively in Hawaii and the Marquesas Islands. My recent postdoc in France involved the comparative genomics and phylogenetics of the bovid genus Capra, and testing for selection signatures at multiple nuclear loci.

Selected Publications


Chintauan-Marquiera, I., S. Jordan, P. Berthier, C. Amédégnato, and F. Pompanon. 2010. Evolutionary history and taxonomy of a short-horned grasshopper subfamily: The Melanoplinae (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, In press.

Dorchin, N., E. R. Scott, C. E. Clarkin*, M. P. Luongo*, S. Jordan, and W. G. Abrahamson. 2009. Behavioural, ecological and genetic evidence confirm the occurrence of host-associated differentiation in goldenrod gall-midges. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(4): 729-739.

Jones, B. R.*, S. Jordan, S. Bogdanowicz. 2009. Isolation and characterization of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endemic Hawaiian damselfly Megalagrion xanthomelas (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9(1): 165-167.

Jordan, S., E. Barruet*, M. Olaf*, B. Parsons, and C. Simon.  2007. Blue hawaiiense and beyond: conservation genetics and comparative phylogeography of four Hawai'ian Megalagrion damselfly species (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Proceedings of the Symposium on the Biology of Hawaiian Streams and Estuaries: Bishop Museum Bulletin in Cultural and Environmental Studies 3: 247-260.

Pidancier, N.1, S. Jordan1, G. Luikart, and P. Taberlet. 2006. Evolutionary history of the genus Capra (Mammalia, Artiodactyla): Discordance between mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome phylogenies.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 739-749. (1Co-first authors)

Jordan, S., C. Miquel, P. Taberlet, and G. Luikart. 2006. Sequencing primers and SNPs for rapidly evolving reproductive loci in endangered ibex and their kin (Bovidae, Capra spp.). Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 776-779.

Jordan, S., C. Simon, D. Foote, and R. A. Englund. 2005. Phylogeographic patterns of Hawaiian Megalagrion damselflies (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) correlate with Pleistocene island boundaries. Molecular Ecology. 14: 3457-3470.

Beja-Pereira, A., P. R. England, N. Ferrand, S. Jordan, A. Bakhiet, M. A. Abdalla, M. Mashkour, J. Jordana, P. Taberlet, G. Luikart. 2004. Two African origins of the domestic donkey. Science 304:1781.

Jordan, S. , C. Simon, and D. Polhemus. 2003. Molecular systematics and adaptive radiation of Hawaii's endemic damselfly genus Megalagrion (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Systematic Biology 52(1): 89-109.


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