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  • 2006, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2000, MS, Iowa State University
  • 1997, BS, Grand Valley State University

Research interests

  1. Diatom comparative genomics
  2. Angiosperm organelle genomes


  1. Richardson, A. O., D. W. Rice, G. J. Young, A. J. Alverson, and J. D. Palmer. 2013. The "fossilized" mitochondrial genome of Liriodendron tulipifera: Ancestral gene content and order, ancestral editing sites, and extraordinarily low mutation rate. BMC Biology. 11:29. doi: doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-29
  2. Sloan, D. B., A. J. Alverson, M. Wu, J. D. Palmer, and D. R. Taylor. Recent acceleration of plastid sequence and structural evolution coincides with extreme mitochondrial divergence within the angiosperm genus Silene. 2012. Genome Biology and Evolution 4, 294-306. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evs006
  3. Sloan, D. B., A. J. Alverson, J. P. Chuckalovcak, M. Wu, D. E. McCauley, J. D. Palmer, and D. R. Taylor. 2012. Rapid evolution of enormous, multichromosomal genomes in flowering plants. PLoS Biology 10(1): e1001241 doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001241 F1000
  4. Mower, J. P., D. B. Sloan, and A. J. Alverson. 2012. Plant mitochondrial genome diversity: The genomics revolution. pp. 123–144 in Wendel, J. F., J. Greilhuber, J. Dolezel, and I. J. Leitch (eds). Plant Genomes, their Residents, and their Evolutionary Dynamics. Springer Verlag.
  5. Alverson, A. J., D. W. Rice, S. Dickinson, Barry, K., and J. D. Palmer. 2011. Origins and recombination of the bacterial-sized multichromosomal mitochondrial genome of cucumber (Cucumis sativus). The Plant Cell 23, 2499-2513. doi: 10.1105/tpc.111.087189 Featured article
  6. Alverson, A. J., B. Beszteri, M. L. Julius, and E. C. Theriot. 2011. The model marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana likely descended from a freshwater ancestor in the genus Cyclotella. BMC Evol Biol 11, 125. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-125
  7. Alverson, A. J., S. Zhuo, D. W. Rice, D. B. Sloan, and J. D. Palmer. 2011. The mitochondrial genome of the legume Vigna radiata and the analysis of recombination across short mitochondrial repeats. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16404.
  8. Alverson, A. J., X. X. Wei, D. W. Rice, D. B. Stern, K. Barry, and J. D. Palmer. 2010. Insights into the evolution of mitochondrial genome size from complete sequences of Citrullus lanatus and Cucurbita pepo (Cucurbitaceae). Mol Biol Evol 27, 1436-1448. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msq029
  9. Sloan, D. B., A. H. MacQueen, A. J. Alverson, J. D. Palmer, and D. R. Taylor. 2010. Extensive loss of RNA editing sites in rapidly evolving Silene mitochondrial genomes: selection vs. retroprocessing as the driving force. Genetics 185, 1369-1380. doi: 10.1534/genetics.110.118000
  10. Sloan, D. B., A. J. Alverson, H. Storchova, J. D. Palmer, and D. R. Taylor. 2010. Extensive loss of translational genes in the structurally dynamic mitochondrial genome of the angiosperm Silene latifolia. BMC Evol Biol 10, 274. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-274
  11. Theriot, E. C., J. J. Cannone, R. R. Gutell, and A. J. Alverson 2009. The limits of nuclear-encoded SSU rDNA for resolving the diatom phylogeny. Eur J Phycol 44, 277-290. doi: 10.1080/09670260902749159
  12. Alverson, A. J. 2008. Molecular systematics and the diatom species. Protist 159, 339-353. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2008.04.001
  13. Sanchez-Puerta, M. V., Y. Cho, J. P. Mower, A. J. Alverson, and J. D. Palmer. 2008. Frequent, phylogenetically local horizontal transfer of the cox1 group I intron in flowering plant mitochondria. Mol Biol Evol 25, 1762-1777. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msn129
  14. Alverson, A. J. 2007. Strong purifying selection in the silicon transporters of marine and freshwater diatoms. Limnol Oceanogr 52, 1420-1429. doi: 10.4319/lo.2007.52.4.1420
  15. Alverson, A. J., R. K. Jansen, and E. C. Theriot. 2007. Bridging the Rubicon: Phylogenetic analysis reveals repeated colonizations of marine and fresh waters by thalassiosiroid diatoms. Mol Phylogenet Evol 45, 193-210. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.03.024
  16. Alverson, A. J., J. J. Cannone, R. R. Gutell, and E. C. Theriot. 2006. The evolution of elongate shape in diatoms. J Phycol 42, 655-668. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2006.00228.x
  17. Alverson, A. J., S-H. Kang, and E. C. Theriot. 2006. Cell wall morphology and systematic importance of Thalassiosira ritscheri (Hustedt) Hasle, with a description of Shionodiscus gen. nov. Diatom Res 21, 251-262. doi: 10.1080/0269249X.2006.9705667
  18. Jansen, R. K., C. Kaittanis, C. Saski, S. B. Lee, J. Tomkins, A. J. Alverson, and H. Daniell. 2006. Phylogenetic analyses of Vitis (Vitaceae) based on complete chloroplast genome sequences: effects of taxon sampling and phylogenetic methods on resolving relationships among rosids. BMC Evol Biol 6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-6-32
  19. Thamatrakoln, K., A. J. Alverson, and M. Hildebrand. 2006. Comparative sequence analysis of diatom silicon transporters: Toward a mechanistic model of silicon transport. J Phycol 42, 822-834. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2006.00233.x
  20. Alverson, A. J., and L. Kolnick. 2005. Intragenomic nucleotide polymorphism among small subunit (18S) rDNA paralogs in the diatom genus Skeletonema (Bacillariophyta). J Phycol 41, 1248-1257. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2005.00136.x
  21. Alverson, A. J., and E. C. Theriot. 2005. Comments on recent progress toward reconstructing the diatom phylogeny. J Nanosci Nanotechno 5, 57-62. doi: 10.1166/jnn.2005.007
  22. Jansen, R. K., L. A. Raubeson, J. L. Boore, C. W. DePamphilis, T. W. Chumley, R. C. Haberle, S. K. Wyman, A. J. Alverson, R. Peery, S. J. Herman, H. M. Fourcade, J. V. Kuehl, J. R. McNeal, J. Leebens-Mack, and L. Cui. 2005. Methods for obtaining and analyzing whole chloroplast genome sequences. In Molecular Evolution: Producing the Biochemical Data, Part B, pp. 348-384. doi: 10.1016/S0076-6879(05)95020-9
  23. Alverson, A. J., K. M. Manoylov, and R. J. Stevenson. 2003. Laboratory sources of error for community attributes from counting algae. Journal of Applied Phycology 15: 357–369.
  24. Alverson, A. J. and G. W. Courtney. 2002. Temporal patterns of diatom ingestion by larval net-winged midges (Diptera: Blephariceridae: Blepharicera). Freshwater Biology 47: 2087–2097.
  25. Alverson, A. J., M. R. Luttenton, and G. W. Courtney. 2001. Niche overlap of sympatric Blepharicera larvae (Diptera: Blephariceridae) from the southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 20: 564–581.

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