Curator of Mammals
  University of Alaska Museum of the North
  907 Yukon Drive
  tel: 907-474-5998

  Associate Professor
  Department of Biology and Wildlife

  Research Associate
  Institute of Arctic Biology



Sargis EJ, N Woodman, NC Morningstar, TN Bell & LE Olson. 2017. Skeletal variation and taxonomic boundaries among mainland and island populations of the common treeshrew (Mammalia: Scandentia: Tupaiidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 120: 286-312. (pdf)

Boria RA, LE Olson, SM Goodman & RP Anderson. 2017. A single-algorithm ensemble approach to estimating suitability and uncertainty: cross-time projections for four Malagasy tenrecs. Diversity and Distributions 23: 196–208. (pdf)

Cook JA, S Greiman, S Agosta, RP Anderson, BS Arbogast, RJ Baker, W Boeger, RD Bradley, DR Brooks, R Cole, JR Demboski, AP Dobson, JL Dunnum, RP Eckerlin, J Esselstyn, K Galbreath, J Hawdon, H Hoekstra, S Kutz, JE Light, LE Olson, BD Patterson, JL Patton, AJ Phillips, E Rickart, DS Rogers, M Siddall, V Tkach & EP Hoberg. 2016. Transformational principles for NEON sampling of mammalian parasites and pathogens: a response to Springer and colleagues. BioScience 66: 917-919. (pdf)

Ceríaco LMP, EE Gutiérrez, A Dubois & 493 coauthors. 2016. Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa 4196: 435–445. (pdf)

Watts, DE & LE Olson. 2016. Recent records of lynx on the Alaska Peninsula. Northwest Naturalist 97: 124-129. (pdf)

Cason MM, AP Baltensperger, TL Booms, JJ Burns & LE Olson. 2016. Revised distribution of an Alaskan endemic, the Alaska Hare (Lepus othus), with implications for taxonomy, biogeography, and climate change. Arctic Science 2: 50-66. (pdf)

Everson KM, V Soarimalala, SM Goodman & LE Olson. 2016. Multiple loci and complete taxonomic sampling resolve the phylogeny and biogeographic history of tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae) and reveal higher speciation rates in Madagascar’s humid forests. Systematic Biology 65: 890-909 (Featured on the cover) (pdf)

Sikes RS, JA Bryan II, D Byman, BJ Danielson, J Eggleston, MR Gannon, WL Gannon, DW Hale, B Jesmer, DK Odell, LE Olson, RD Stevens, RM Timm, SA Trewhitt & JR Willoughby. 2016. 2016 Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of wild mammals in research and education. Journal of Mammalogy 97: 663-688. (pdf)

Knowles LL, R Massatti, Q He, LE Olson & HC Lanier. 2016. Quantifying the similarity between genes and geography across Alaska’s alpine small mammals. Journal of Biogeography 43: 1464-1476. (pdf)

Nations JA & LE Olson. 2015. Climbing behavior of Northern Red-backed Voles (Myodes rutilus) and scansoriality in Myodes (Rodentia, Cricetidae). Journal of Mammalogy 96: 957-963. (pdf) (media coverage)

Kerhoulas NJ, AM Gunderson & LE Olson. 2015. Complex history of isolation and gene flow in hoary, Olympic, and endangered Vancouver Island marmots. Journal of Mammalogy 96: 810-826. (pdf)

Lanier HC, R Massatti, Q He, LE Olson & LL Knowles. 2015. Colonization from divergent ancestors: glaciation signatures on contemporary patterns of genomic variation in Collared Pikas (Ochotona collaris). Molecular Ecology 24: 3688–3705. (pdf)

Lanier HC, AM Gunderson, M Weksler, VB Fedorov & LE Olson. 2015. Comparative phylogeography highlights the double-edged sword of climate change faced by Arctic- and alpine-adapted mammals. PLoS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0118396. (pdf) (media coverage)

Olson LE, AM Gunderson, SO MacDonald & KM Blejwas. 2014. First records of Myotis yumanensis (Allen 1864) in Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 95: 228-235. (pdf) (media coverage)

Olson LE & TS Jung. 2014. Preface to special issue: Recent advances in bat research in northwestern Canada and Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 95: 173-175. (pdf)

Jung TS, CL Lausen, KM Blejwas, JM Wilson & LE Olson. 2014. Concluding remarks: What do we need to know about bats in northwestern North America? Northwestern Naturalist 95: 318-330. (pdf)

Sargis EJ, KK Campbell & LE Olson. 2014. Taxonomic boundaries and craniometric variation in the treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from the Palawan faunal region. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21: 111-123. (pdf)

Sargis EJ, N Woodman, NC Morningstar, AT Reese & LE Olson. 2014. Island history affects faunal composition: the treeshrews (Mammalia, Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from the Mentawai and Batu Islands, Indonesia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 290-304. (pdf)

Boria RA, LE Olson, SM Goodman & RP Anderson. 2014. Spatial filtering to reduce sampling bias can improve the performance of ecological niche models. Ecological Modelling 275: 73-77. (pdf)

Sargis EJ, KK Campbell & LE Olson. 2014. Taxonomic boundaries and craniometric variation in the treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from the Palawan faunal region. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21: 111-123. (pdf)

Sargis EJ, N Woodman, NC Morningstar, AT Reese & LE Olson. 2013. Morphological distinctiveness of Javan Tupaia hypochrysa (Sandentia, Tupaiidae). Journal of Mammalogy 94: 938-947. (pdf)

Glass DJ, N Takebayashi, LE Olson & DL Taylor. 2013. Evaluation of the authenticity of a highly novel environmental sequence from boreal forest soil using ribosomal RNA secondary structure modeling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67: 234-245. (pdf)

Sargis EJ, N Woodman, AT Reese & LE Olson. 2013. Using hand proportions to test taxonomic boundaries within the Tupaia glis species complex (Scandentia, Tupaiidae). Journal of Mammalogy 94: 183-201. (pdf) (Featured on the cover)

Lanier HC and LE Olson. 2013. Deep barriers, shallow divergences: reduced phylogeographical structure in the collared pika (Mammalia: Lagomorpha: Ochotona collaris). Journal of Biogeography 40: 466-478. (pdf) (Featured on the cover)

Olson LE. 2013. Tenrecs. Current Biology 23(1): R5-R8. (pdf)

Lynch Alfaro JW, JP Boubli, LE Olson, A Di Fiore, B Wilson, BA Gutiérrez-Espeleta, M. Schulte, S. Neitzel, V. Ross, D. Schwochow, I. Farias, C. Janson & ME Alfaro. 2012. Explosive Pleistocene range expansion leads to widespread Amazonian sympatry between robust and gracile capuchin monkeys. Journal of Biogeography 39: 272-288. (pdf)

Gunderson AM, HC Lanier & LE Olson. 2012. Limited phylogeographic structure and genetic variation in Alaska's arctic and alpine endemic, the Alaska marmot. Journal of Mammalogy 93(1): 66-75. (pdf)

Roberts TE, HC Lanier, EJ Sargis & LE Olson. 2011. Molecular phylogeny of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) and the timescale of diversification in Southeast Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60: 358-372. (pdf)

Sikes RS, WL Gannon & the Animcal Care and Use Committee (including L.E. Olson). 2011. Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of wild mammals in research. Journal of Mammalogy 92:235-253. (pdf)

Gilbert CC, WT Stanley, LE Olson, TRB Davenport & EJ Sargis. 2011. Morphological systematics of the kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) and the ontogenetic development of phylogenetically informative characters in the Papionini. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 731-735. (pdf)

Weksler M, HC Lanier, & LE Olson. 2010. Eastern Beringian biogeography: historical and spatial genetic structure of singing voles in Alaska. Journal of Biogeography, 34:1414-1431. (pdf) (Featured on the cover)

Roberts TE, TRB Davenport, KBP Hildebrandt, T Jones, WT Stanley, EJ Sargis, & LE Olson. 2010. The biogeography of introgression in the critically endangered African monkey Rungwecebus kipunji. Biology Letters, 6:233-237. (pdf)

McDonough TJ & LE Olson. 2009. First record of a Least Weasel, Mustela nivalis, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 90: 256-258. (pdf)

Olson LE, Z Rakotomalala, KBP Hildebrandt, HC Lanier, CJ Raxworthy, & SM Goodman. 2009. Phylogeography of Microgale brevicaudata (Tenrecidae) and description of a new species from western Madagascar. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 1095-1110. (pdf)

Gunderson AM, BK Jacobsen, & LE Olson. 2009. Revised distribution of the Alaska marmot, Marmota broweri, and confirmation of parapatry with hoary marmots. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 859-869. (pdf) (Featured on the cover)

Lanier HC & LE Olson. 2009. Inferring divergence times within pikas (Ochotona) using mtDNA and relaxed molecular dating techniques. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 1-12. (pdf)

Roberts TE, EJ Sargis, & LE Olson. 2009. Networks, trees, and treeshrews: Assessing support and identifying conflict with multiple loci and a problematic root. Systematic Biology 58: 257-270. (pdf)

O'Brien J, C Hanley, LE Olson, AL Russell, L Say, AD Yoder, & TJ Hayden. 2009. Multiple colonisations of the western Indian Ocean by Pteropus fruit bats (Megachiroptera: Pteropodidae): The furthest islands were colonised first. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 294-303. (pdf)

Olson LE, EJ Sargis, WT Stanley, KBP Hildebrandt, & TRB Davenport. 2008. Additional molecular evidence strongly supports the distinction between the recently described African primate Rungwecebus kipunji (Cercopithecidae, Papionini) and Lophocebus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 789–794. (pdf)

Gilbert C, SM Goodman, V Soarimalala, LE Olson, PCM O'Brien, FFB Elder, F Yang, MA Ferguson-Smith, & TJ Robinson. 2007. Chromosomal evolution in tenrecs (Microgale and Oryzorictes, Tenrecidae) from the Central Highlands of Madagascar. Chromosome Research DOI: 10.1007/s10577-007-1182-6. (pdf)

Millien V, SK Lyons, LE Olson, FA Smith, AB Wilson, & Y Yom-Tov. 2006. Ecotypic
variation in the context of global climate change: revisiting the rules. Ecology Letters 9: 853-869. (pdf)

Davenport TRB, WT Stanley, EJ Sargis, DW De Luca, NE Mpunga, SJ Machaga, & LE Olson. 2006. A new genus of African monkey, Rungwecebus: Morphology, ecology, and molecular phylogenetics. Science 312: 1378-1381. (pdf)

Goodman SM, CJ Raxworthy, CP Maminirina, & LE Olson. 2006. A new species of shrew tenrec (Microgale jobihely) from northern Madagascar. Journal of Zoology 270: 384-398. (pdf)

Stanley WT & LE Olson. 2005. Phylogeny, phylogeography, and geographic variation of Sylvisorex howelli, an endemic shrew of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Journal of Zoology 266: 341-354. (pdf)

Yoder AD, LE Olson, C Hanley, K Heckman, R Rasoloarison, AL Russell, J Ranivo, V Soarimalala, KP Karanth, AP Raselimanana, & SM Goodman. 2005. A multidimensional approach for detecting species patterns in Malagasy vertebrates. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 102 (suppl. 1): 6587-6594. (pdf)

Olson LE, EJ Sargis, & RD Martin. 2005. Molecular phylogenetics of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) based on evidence from the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35: 656-673. (pdf)

Olson LE, SM Goodman, & AD Yoder. 2004. Illumination of cryptic species boundaries in long-tailed shrew tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae; Microgale): New insights into geographic variation and distributional constraints. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83: 1-22. (pdf)

Olson LE, EJ Sargis, & RD Martin. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships among treeshrews (Scandentia): A review and critique of the morphological evidence. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 11: 49-71. (pdf)

Harris MB, LE Olson, & WK Milsom. 2004. The origin of mammalian heterothermy: A case for perpetual youth? Pp. 143-152 in Living in the Cold, BM Barnes & HV Carey (eds.). (pdf)

Benstead JP & LE Olson. 2003. Limnogale mergulus. Pp. 1267-1273 in Natural History of Madagascar, SM Goodman & JP Benstead (eds.), University of Chicago Press, Chicago. (pdf)

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2003. Phylogeny and biogeography of tenrecs. Pp. 1235-1242 in Natural History of Madagascar, SM Goodman & JP Benstead (eds.), University of Chicago Press, Chicago. (pdf)

Olson LE & A Hassanin. 2003. Contamination and chimerism are perpetuating the legend of the snake-eating cow with twisted horns (Pseudonovibos spiralis). A case study of the pitfalls of ancient DNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27: 545-548. (pdf)

Olson LE & AD Yoder. 2002. Using secondary structure to identify ribosomal numts: cautionary examples from the human genome. Molecular Biology and Evolution 19: 93-100. (pdf)

Brandt JH, M Diolo, A Hassanin, RA Melville, LE Olson, A Seveau, & RM Timm. 2001. Debate on the authenticity of Pseudonovibos spiralis as a new species of wild bovid from Vietnam and Cambodia. Journal of Zoology 254: 437-444. (pdf)

Goodman SM, D Rakotondravony, LE Olson, E Razafimahatratra, & V Soarimalala. 1998. Les insectivores et les rongeurs. In Inventaire biologique Foret d'Andranomay, Anjozorobe. Recherches pour le Development, Sérei Sciences biologiques, No. 13 (SM Goodman, ed.), pp. 80-93. Ministère de la Recherche Scientifique, Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Goodman SM, JU Ganzhorn, LE Olson, M Pidgeon, & V Soarimalala. 1997. Annual variation in species diversity and relative density of rodents and insectivores in the Parc National de la Montagne d'Ambre, Madagascar. Ecotropica 3: 109-118.

Goodman SM, A. Andrianarimisa, LE Olson, & V Soarimalala. 1996. Patterns of elevational distribution of birds and small mammals in the humid forests of the Montagne d'Ambre, Madagascar. Ecotropica 2: 87-98.

Non-reviewed publications, reviews, reports, and accounts

2005-2009. Numerous mammal species accounts coauthored with undergraduate students and published on the Animal Diversity Web. For a complete list, click here.

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2008. Echinops telfairi. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>.

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2008. Geogale aurita. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>.

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2008. Limnogale mergulus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>.

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2008. Microgale majori. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>.

Olson LE & SM Goodman. 2008. Microgale principula. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>.

Olson LE. 1997. Mammals of the Great Lakes Region [review]. Journal of Mammalogy 78: 696-698.

Olson LE. 1997. Tenrecs---an example of evolution in isolation. In the Field 68: 1.

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