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Danielle Fraser

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (University of Calgary), M.Sc. (University of Calgary), Ph.D. (Carleton University)
Office:B2251 Natural Heritage Campus, Canadian Museum of Nature

Current Research

I am a Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I am a palaeoecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in how and why mammal communities form with the goal of understanding the emergence of modern mammal communities and how they might change under ongoing global change. I use a wide array of analytical tools including, but not limited to, computational biology, phylogenetics, palaeodietary methods, field work, and stable isotopes. My research program is multidisciplinary and integrates the study of both extant and extinct mammals.

Selected Publications

Fraser, D., A. Villaseñor, A. B. Tóth, M. Balk, J. T. Eronen, W. A. Barr, A. K. Behrensmeyer, M. Davis, A. Du, J. T. Faith, G. R. Graves, N. J. Gotelli, A. M. Jukar, C. V. Looy, B. J. McGill, J. H. Miller, S. Pineda-Munoz, R. Potts, A. B. Shupinski, L. C. Soul, S. K. Lyons. 2022. Late Quaternary biotic homogenization of North American mammalian faunas. Nature Communications 13: 3940.

Landry, Z., M.J. Roloson, and D. Fraser. 2022. Investigating the reliability of metapodials as taxonomic indicators for Beringian horses. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 29: 863–875.

Christison, B.E., F. Gaidies, S. Pineda-Munoz, A. R. Evans, M. A. Gilbert, and D. Fraser. 2022. Dietary niches of creodonts and carnivorans of the late Eocene Cypress Hills Formation. Journal of Mammalogy 103: 2-17.

Fraser, D., S. Kim, J. Welker, M. Clementz. 2021. Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) enamel phosphate δ18O values reflect climate seasonality: Implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Ecology and Evolution 11: 17005-17021.

Landry, Zoe, S. Kim, R.B. Trayler, M. Gilbert, G. Zazula, and D. Fraser. 2021. Dietary reconstruction and evidence of prey shifting in Pleistocene and recent gray wolves (Canis lupus) from Yukon Territory. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 571: 110368.

Fraser, D., L.C. Soul, M.A. Balk, W.A. Barr, A.K. Behrensmeyer, A. Du, J. Eronen, J.T. Faith, N.J. Gotelli, G. Graves, A.M. Jukar, C.V. Looy, J.H. Miller, S. Pineda-Munoz, A.B. Shupinski, A.B. Tóth, A. Villaseñor, and S.K. Lyons. 2021a. Investigating biotic interactions in deep time. Trends in Ecology and Evolution: 38:61-75.


Fraser, D. and S. K. Lyons. 2020. Mammal community structure across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum 196:271-290.

Tóth, A., S.K. Lyons, W. A. Barr, A.K. Behrensmeyer, J.L. Blois, R. Bobe, M. Davis, A. Du, J.T. Eronen, J.T. Faith, D. Fraser, N.J. Gotelli, G.R. Graves, A.M. Jukar, J.H. Miller, S. Pineda-Munoz, L.C. Soul, A. Villaseñor, and J. Alroy. 2019. Reorganization of surviving mammal communities after the end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction. Science 365: 1305-1308.

Fraser, D., R.J. Haupt, and W.A. Barr. 2018. Phylogenetic signal in tooth wear dietary niche proxies. Ecology and Evolution 8: 5355-5368.

Fraser, D. and S. K. Lyons. 2017. Biotic interchange has structured Western Hemisphere mammal communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 1408-1422.

Fraser, D. 2017. Can latitudinal richness gradients be measured in the fossil record? Paleobiology 43: 479-494.

Fraser, D., R. Gorelick, and N. Rybczynski. 2015. Macroevolution and climate change influence phylogenetic community assembly of North American hoofed mammals. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 485-494.

Fraser, D., C. Hassall, R. Gorelick, and N. Rybczynski. 2014b. Mean annual precipitation explains spatiotemporal patterns of Cenozoic mammal beta diversity and latitudinal turnover gradients in North America. PLOS One 9: e106499.

Fraser, D. and N. Rybczynski. 2014. Complexity of ruminant masticatory evolution. Journal of Morphology 275: 1093-1102.

Fraser, D. and J. M. Theodor. 2013. Ungulate diets reveal patterns of grassland evolution in North America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 369: 409-421.

Fraser, D., and J. M. Theodor. 2011b. Comparing ungulate dietary proxies using discriminant function analysis. Journal of Morphology 272: 1513-1526.