ZFIN ID: ZDB-PERS-020313-1
McCune, Amy
Email: arm2@cornell.edu
URL: http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/mccune/mccune.html
Affiliation: McCune Lab
Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Cornell University E249 Corson Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Country: United States
Phone: (607) 254-4217
Fax: (607) 255-8088

1976 B.A. Brown University
1982 Ph.D. Yale University
1982-3 Miller Postdoctoral Fellow,U.C., Berkeley.

Research Interests

Research in my lab concerns the evolution of biological diversity, particularly of fishes. We are interested in: (1) speciation, through study of the evolution of species flocks of fishes, (2) the evolution of phenotypic characters in a phylogenetic context, and (3) study of the origin of variation on which natural selection can act. Fishes studied include cichlids, needlefishes and their relatives, swordtails, and basal actinopterygian (rayfinned) fishes, both living and fossil. Most recently we have been working on zebrafish and other danios. Currently, in collaboration with F. Fang, we are working on a phylogeny (molecular and morphological) of the danionin fishes.

Funk, E.C., Breen, C., Sanketi, B.D., Kurpios, N., McCune, A. (2020) Changes in Nkx2.1, Sox2, Bmp4, and Bmp16 expression underlying the lung-to-gas bladder evolutionary transition in ray-finned fishes. Evolution & development. 22:384-402
Cass, A.N., Servetnick, M.D., McCune, A.R. (2013) Expression of a lung developmental cassette in the adult and developing zebrafish swimbladder. Evolution & development. 15:119-32
McCune, A.R., Houle, D., McMillan, K., Annable, R., and Kondrashov, A.S. (2004) Two classes of deleterious recessive alleles in a natural population of zebrafish, Danio rerio. Proceedings. Biological sciences. 271(1552):2025-2033
McCune, A..R., and Carlson, R.L. (2004) Twenty ways to lose your bladder: common natural mutants in zebrafish and widespread convergence of swim bladder loss among teleost fishes. Evolution & development. 6(4):246-259
McClure, M. and McCune, A.R. (2003) Evidence for developmental linkage of pigment patterns with body size and shape in danios (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Evolution; international journal of organic evolution. 57(8):1863-1875
Sanger, T.J. and McCune, A.R. (2002) Comparative osteology of the Danio (Cyprinidae : Ostariophysi) axial skeleton with comments on Danio relationships based on molecules and morphology. Zoological journal of the Linnean Society. 135(4):529-546
McCune, A.R., Fuller, R.C., Aquilina, A.A., Dawley, R.M., Fadool, J.M., Houle, D., Travis, J., and Kondrashov, A.S. (2002) A low genomic number of recessive lethals in natural populations of bluefin killifish and zebrafish. Science (New York, N.Y.). 296(5577):2398-2401

Selected Publications

McCune, A. R. (2001) Rapid speciation in species flocks of fishes. In: D. E. G. Briggs and P. R. Crowther (eds.). Paleobiology II:145-148. Blackwell Scientific.

Marcus, J. M. and A. R. McCune. (1999) Ontogeny and phylogeny in the Northern Swordtail Clade of Xiphophorus. Systematic Biology 48 (3):491-522.

McCune, A. R. and N. R. Lovejoy. (1998) The relative rate of sympatric and allopatric speciation in fishes: Tests using DNA sequence divergence between sister species and among clades. In: D. Howard and S. Berloccher (eds.), Endless forms: Species and speciation. Oxford University Press, pp. 172-185.

McCune, A. R. (1997) How fast is speciation: Molecular, geological and phylogenetic evidence from adaptive radiations of fishes. In: T. Givnish and K. Sytsma (eds.), Molecular evolution and adaptive radiation. Cambridge University Press, pp. 585-610.

McCune, A. R. (1996) Biogeographic and stratigraphic evidence for rapid speciation in semionotid fishes. Paleobiology 22(1):34-48.

Boughton, D. B., B. B. Collette, and A. R. McCune. (1991) Heterochrony in jaw morphology of needlefishes. Systematic Zoology 40(3):329-354.

Normark, B. B., A. R. McCune, and R. G. Harrison. (1991) Phylogenetic relationships of neopterygian fishes inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Biology and Evolution 8:819-834.

Olsen, P. E. and A. R. McCune. (1991) Morphology of the Semionotus elegans group from the Early Jurassic part of the Newark Supergroup of eastern North America, with comments on the family Semionotidae (Pisces: Neopterygii). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 11(3):269-292.

McCune, A. R. (1990) Morphological anomalies in the Semionotus complex: Relaxed selection during colonization of an expanding lake. Evolution 44(1):71-85.

McCune, A. R. (1987) Lakes as laboratories of evolution: Endemic fishes and environmental cyclicity. Palaios 2:446-454.

McCune, A. R. (1987) Toward the phylogeny of a fossil species flock: Semionotid fishes from a lake deposit in the Early Jurassic Towaco Formation, Newark Basin. Bulletin of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 43:1-108.

McCune, A. R. (1986) A revision of Semionotus, with redescriptions of valid European species. Palaeontology 29(2):213-233.

McCune, A. R. and B. Schaeffer. (1986) Triassic and Jurassic fishes: Patterns of diversity. In: K. Padian (ed.), The beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs: Faunal change across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, pp. 171 181.

McCune, A. R., K. S. Thomson, and P. E. Olsen. (1984) Semionotid fishes from the Mesozoic great lakes of North America. In: A. A. Echelle and I. Kornfield (eds.), Evolution of fish species flocks. University of Maine Press, Orono, pp. 27-44.

McCune, A. R. (1981). On the fallacy of constant extinction rates. Evolution 36(3):610-614.