Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis

Term Assistant Professor of Biology, Barnard College

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University



PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
MPhil/MA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
Grad Certif, Environmental Policy, Columbia University
Maîtrise/Licence, Biology: Organisms, Populations & Ecosystems, Université Paris-Sud XI
Diploma, Biological and Natural Sciences, Université Montpellier II

Academic Focus: 

Molecular Evolution, Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Genomics, Endangered Species, Pathogens, DNA Barcoding

Professional Affiliations: 

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE
Hellenic Bioscientific Association in the USA (HBA


[*undergraduate or #graduate student]

Smith KS, Anthony SJ, Switzer WM, Epstein JH, Seimon T, Jia H, Sanchez MD, Huynh TT, Galland GG, Shapiro SE, Sleeman JM, McAloose D, Stuchin M, Amato G, Kolokotronis SO, Lipkin WI, Karesh WB, Daszak P, Marano N. (2012) Zoonotic viruses associated with illegally imported wildlife products. PLoS ONE 7(1):e29505. {New York Times; BBC News; TIME}

Lee EK§, Cibrian-Jaramillo A§, Kolokotronis SO§, Katari MS, Stamatakis S, Ott M, Chiu JC, Little DP, Stevenson DW, McCombie WR, Martienssen RA, Coruzzi G, DeSalle R. (2011) A functional phylogenomics view of the seed plants. PLoS Genetics 7(12):e1002411.  §equal contribution {New York Times; Barnard News}

Narechania A, Baker RH, Sit R*, Kolokotronis SO, DeSalle R, Planet PJ. (2011) Random Addition Concatenation Analysis: a novel approach to the exploration of phylogenomic signal reveals strong agreement between core and shell genomic partitions in the Cyanobacteria. Genome Biology and Evolution 4(1):30-43.

Ishida Y, Oleksyk TK, Georgiadis NJ, David VA, Zhao K, Stephens RM, Kolokotronis SO, Roca AL. (2011) Nuclear genetic partitions are polarized by the presence or absence of a single mitochondrial haplogroup within African elephants. PLoS ONE 6(6):e20642.

Hanner R, DeSalle R, Ward RD, Kolokotronis SO. [editors] 2011. The Fish Barcode of Life (FISH-BOL) special issue. Mitochondrial DNA 22(S1):1-2.

Ho SYW, Lanfear R, Phillips MJ, Barnes I, Thomas JA, Kolokotronis SO, Shapiro B. (2011) Bayesian estimation of substitution rates from ancient DNA sequences with low information content. Systematic Biology 60(3):366-375.

Escalante P, DeSalle, Kolokotronis SO. [editors] (2010) The MexBOL initiative. Mitochondrial DNA 21(S1):1-2.

Engstrand RC*, Cibrián Tovar J, Cibrián-Jaramillo A, Kolokotronis SO. (2010) Genetic variation in avocado stem weevils Copturus aguacatae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Mexico. Mitochondrial DNA 21(S1):38-43.

Polani S, Roca AL, Rosensteel BB, Kolokotronis SO, Bar-Gal GK. (2010) Evolutionary dynamics of endogenous feline leukemia virus proliferation among species of the domestic cat lineage. Virology 405(2):397-407.

Lowenstein JH#, Burger J, Jeitner CW, Amato G, Kolokotronis SO, Gochfeld M. (2010) DNA barcodes reveal species-specific mercury levels in tuna sushi that pose a health risk to consumers. Biology Letters 6(5):692-695.

Eaton MJ, Meyers GL*, Kolokotronis SO, Leslie MS, Martin AP, Amato G. (2010) Barcoding bushmeat: molecular forensic identification of Central African and South American harvested vertebrates. Conservation Genetics 11(4):1389-1404.

Piaggio AJ, Clark L, Franklin AB, Kolokotronis SO. (2009) A wild birdʼs-eye view of influenza virus A(H1N1) phylogenetic evolution. EcoHealth 6(3)356-360.

Lowenstein JH#, Amato G, Kolokotronis SO. (2009) The real maccoyii: identifying tuna sushi with DNA barcodes -- contrasting characteristic attributes and genetic distances. PLoS ONE 4(11):e7866.

Gonçalves da Silva A, Kolokotronis SO, Wharton D. (2009) Modeling the eradication of invasive mammals using the Sterile Male Technique. Biological Invasions 12(4):751-759.

Roca AL, Ishida Y, Nikolaidis N, Kolokotronis SO, Fratpietro S, Stewardson K, Hensley S, Tisdale M, Boeskorov G, Greenwood AD. (2009) Genetic variation at hair length candidate genes in elephants and the extinct woolly mammoth. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:232.

Schierwater B, Kolokotronis SO, Eitel M, DeSalle R. (2009) The Diploblast-Bilateria Sister hypothesis: parallel evolution of a nervous system may have been a simple step. Communicative and Integrative Biology 2(5):1-3.

de la Torre-Bárcena JE, Kolokotronis SO, Lee EK, Stevenson DW, Brenner ED, Katari MS, Coruzzi GM, DeSalle R. (2009) The impact of outgroup choice and missing data on major seed plant phylogenetics using genome-wide EST data. PLoS ONE 4(6):e5764.

Schierwater B, Eitel M, Jakob W, Osigus HJ, Hadrys H, Dellaporta S, Kolokotronis SO, DeSalle R. (2009) Concatenated molecular and morphological analysis sheds light on early metazoan evolution and fuels a modern "Urmetazoon" hypothesis. PLoS Biology 7(1):e1000020.

Wyatt K, Campos P, Kolokotronis SO, Gilbert MTP, Hynes WH, DeSalle R, Daszak P, MacPhee RD, Greenwood AD. (2008) Historical mammal extinction due to introduced infectious disease. PLoS ONE 3(11):e3602.

Krause J, Unger T, Noçon A, Malaspinas AS, Kolokotronis SO, Stiller M, Soibelzon L, Spriggs H, Dear PH, Briggs AW, Bray SCE, OʼBrien SJ, Rabeder G, Matheus P, Cooper A, Slatkin M, Pääbo S, Hofreiter M. (2008) Mitochondrial genomes reveal an explosive radiation of extinct and extant bears near the Miocene-Pleistocene boundary. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:220.

Baillie GJ, Kolokotronis SO, Waltari E, Maffei JG, Kramer LD, Perkins SL. (2008) Phylogenetic and evolutionary analyses of St. Louis encephalitis virus genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47(2):717-728.

Ho SYW, Kolokotronis SO, Allaby RG. (2007) Elevated substitution rates estimated from ancient DNA sequences. Biology Letters 3(6):702-705.

Kolokotronis SO, MacPhee RDE, Greenwood AD. (2007) Detection of mitochondrial insertions in the nucleus (NuMts) of Pleistocene and modern muskoxen. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:67.

Amor DC, Kolokotronis SO, Medellín RA, Ramey Jr. R, Ryder OA. (2005) Genética de la conservación. In: El berrendo en México, Acciones de conservación. Valdes M, de la Cruz E, Peters E, Pallares E, editors. pp. 27-33. Agrupación Sierra Madre & Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE-SEMARNAT), Mexico City.

Shykoff JA, Kolokotronis SO, Collin CL, López-Villavicencio M. (2003) Effects of male sterility on reproductive traits in gynodioecious plants: A meta-analysis. Oecologia 135(1):1-9.


Diploma, Montpellier II

License/Maîtrise, Paris XI

MPhil/MA, Columbia

PhD, Columbia

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