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Mike Lloyd, molecular technician

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    Washington, DC 20560-0188
  • Education:

    BS Loyola College, Baltimore.
    MS Towson University, Towson.
    PhD University of Maryland, College Park.

Mike Lloyd

As a biological science laboratory technician for the Department of Entomology, my duties include providing technical support for molecular genetics research and collections in the department and in the Laboratories of Analytical Biology. I work with individual researchers on multiple projects involving genetic material from a wide diversity of insects and non-insect terrestrial arthropods.

Selected Publications:

Branstetter, M.G., Ješovnik, A., Sosa-Calvo, J., Lloyd, M.W., Faircloth, B.C., Brady, S.G., and Schultz, T.R. 2017. Dry habitats were crucibles of domestication in the evolution of agriculture in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 284: 20170095. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0095

Ješovnik A, Sosa-Calvo J, Lloyd M, Branstetter M, Fernandez F & Schultz TR (2016): Phylogenomic species delimitation and host-symbiont coevolution in the fungus-farming ant genus Sericomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Ultraconserved elements (UCEs) resolve a recent radiation. Systematic Entomology.
doi: 10.1111/syen.12228    

Lloyd, M.W., Widmeyer, P.A. and Neel, M.C. 2016. Temporal variability in potential connectivity of Vallisneria americana in the Chesapeake Bay. Landscape Ecology, pdf doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0401-y

Blaimer, B.B., LaPolla, J.S., Branstetter, M.G., Lloyd, M.W., Brady, S.G. 2016. Phylogenomics, biogeography and diversification of obligate mealybug-tending ants in the genus Acropyga. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102: 20–29. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.05.030

Blaimer, B.B., Lloyd, M.W., Guillory, W.X. and Brady, S. G. 2016. Sequence Capture and Phylogenetic Utility of Genomic Ultraconserved Elements Obtained from Pinned Insect Specimens. PLOS ONE, 11(8): 1-20. . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161531

Blaimer, B.B., Brady, S.G., Schultz, T.R., Lloyd, M.W., Fisher, B.L., Ward, P.S. 2015. Phylogenomic methods outperform traditional multi-locus approaches in resolving deep evolutionary history: a case study of formicine ants. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:271. doi: 10.1186/s12862-015-0552-5

Lloyd M.W., L. Campbell, M.C. Neel. 2013. The Power to Detect Recent Fragmentation Events Using Genetic Differentiation Methods. PLoS ONE 8: e63981. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063981

Neel M.C., K. McKelvey, R.S. Waples, N. Ryman, M.W. Lloyd, R. Short Bull, F.W. Allendorf, M.K. Schwartz. 2013. Estimation of effective population size in continuously distributed populations: There goes the neighborhood. Heredity 111: 189-199.

Lloyd, M.W., R. K. Burnett Jr., K. A. M. Engelhardt, M. C. Neel. 2012. Does genetic diversity of restored sites differ from natural sites? A comparison of Vallisneria americana (Hydrocharitaceae) populations within the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation Genetics. 13: 753-765.

Lloyd, M.W., R. K. Burnett Jr., K. A. M. Engelhardt, M. C. Neel. 2011. The structure of population genetic diversity in Vallisneria americana in the Chesapeake Bay: implications for restoration. Conservation Genetics. 12: 1269 – 1285.

Burnett Jr., R., M.W. Lloyd, K.A.M Engelhardt, and M.C. Neel. 2009. Development of eleven polymorphic microsatellite markers in a macrophyte of conservation concern, Vallisneria americana Michaux (Hydrocharitaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources. 9: 1427 – 1429.

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