Antónia Monteiro

Science (Biology)


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Professor Antónia Monteiro graduated with a BS for Zoology and Environment Sciences at the University of Lisbon in 1992. Thereafter, she obtained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in UK. Her dissertation was on “The Evolutionary Genetics and Development Basis of Eyespot Morphology in Butterfly Wings.” She then moved to Harvard University where she trained in the field of Molecular Phylogenetics, and then did further training in the field of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

In 2006, Prof Monteiro joined Yale University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as Assistant Professor. During the same period, Prof Monteiro was Assistant Curator of Entomology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale. Prior to joining Yale, Prof Monteiro was teaching at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Buffalo.

In addition to her appointment at Yale-NUS, Prof Monteiro holds a concurrent position as Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

Prof Monteiro seeks to understand the evolution of morphological novelties by focusing on the evolution and development of butterfly wing patterns. Research in her lab addresses both the ultimate selective factors that favour particular wing patterns, as well as the proximate mechanisms that generate those patterns. Prof Monteiro and her team combine tools from ethology, population genetics, phylogenetics, and developmental biology to understand the nature of the variation underlying developmental mechanisms within or between species, and why species display their particular colour patterns. Her model organisms (so far) are African satyrid butterflies in the genus Bicyclus, other nymphalids, pierid butterflies, and saturniid moths.


Recent Publications:

Tan YQ, E Dion, and A Monteiro (2018) Artificial haze impacts survival of butterflies. Scientific Reports.

Banerjee T and A Monteiro (2018) CRISPR-Cas9 medited gene editing in Bicyclus anynana butterflies. Methods and Protocols 18 1(2):16;

Matsuoka Y and A Monteiro (2018) Melanin pathway genes regulate color and morphology of butterfly wing scales. Cell Reports 24(1): 56-65.

Prakash A and A Monteiro (2018) apterous A specifies dorsal wing patterns and sexual traits in butterflies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285(1873): 20172685.

Bhardwaj, S, KL Prudic, A Bear, M Das Gupta, WF Cheong, MR Wenk, A Monteiro (2018). Sex differences in 20-hydroxyecdysone hormone levels control sexual dimorphism in butterfly wing patterns. Molecular Biology and Evolution 35:465-472.

Oszu N and A Monteiro (2017) Wound healing, calcium signaling, and other novel pathways are associated with the formation of butterfly eyespots. BMC Genomics 18:788.

Monteiro A (2017) Physiology and evolution of wing pattern plasticity in Bicyclus butterflies: a critical review of the literature. In Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns: An Integrative Approach. Eds Sekimura, T and HF Nijhout. Springer. pp 91-105.

Oszu N, QY Chan, B Chen, M das Gupta, and A Monteiro (2017) Wingless is a positive regulator of eyespot color patterns in butterflies. Developmental Biology 429: 177-185 (Cover article).

Zhang, L, A Martin, MW Perry, KRL van der Burg, Y Matsuoka, A Monteiro*, and RD Reed* (2017) Genetic basis of melanin pigmentation in butterfly wings (*co-corresponding authors) Genetics 205(4): 1537-1550.

Wee, J and A Monteiro (2017). Yellow and the novel aposematic signal, red, protect Delias butterflies from predators. PLoS One 12(1):e0174403.

Dion, E, A Monteiro, and J Yew (2016) Phenotypic plasticity in sex pheromone production in Bicyclus anynana butterflies. Scientific Reports 6:39002

Prakash A and A Monteiro (2016) Molecular mechanisms of secondary sexual development in insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 17: 40-48.

Monteiro, A and M Das Gupta (2016). Identifying co-opted networks and causative mutations in the origin of novel complex traits. Current Topics in Developmental Biology 119: 205-226.

Chen, B, WH Piel, A Monteiro (2016) The Distal-less homeobox genes of insects and spiders: genomic organization, function, regulation and evolution. Insect Science 23: 335-352.

Labandeira, CC, Q Yang, JA Santiago-Blay, CL Hotton, A Monteiro, Y-J Wang, Y Goreva, C Shih, S Siljeström, TR Rose, D L Dilcher, and D Ren (2016). The evolutionary convergence of mid-Mesozoic lacewings and Cenozoic butterflies. Proc. Royal. Soc. Lond B. 283: 20152894.

Ho S, S Schachat, WH Piel, and A Monteiro (2016). Attack risk for butterflies changes with eyespot number and size. Royal Society Open Science 3: 150614.

Macias-Muñoz A, G Smith, A Monteiro and AD Briscoe (2016). Transcriptome-wide differential expression in Bicyclus anynana butterflies: Female vision-related genes are more plastic. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33: 79-92.

A Monteiro, X Tong, A Bear, SF Liew, S Bhardwaj, BR Wasik, A Dinwiddie, C Bastianelli, WF Cheong, MR Wenk, H Cao, and KL Prudic (2015) Differential expression of ecdysone receptor leads to variation in phenotypic plasticity across serial homologs. PLoS Genetics 11(9):e1005529

Schachat, S, JC Oliver, and A Monteiro (2015) Nymphalid eyespots are co-opted to novel wing locations following a similar pattern in independent lineages. BMC Evol. Biol. 15:20. doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0300-x

Prudic, KL, A Stoehr, BR Wasik , and A Monteiro (2015). Invertebrate predators attack eyespots and promote the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. Proc. Roy. Soc. LondB. 282 (1798): 20141531

A Monteiro (2015) Origin, development, and evolution of butterfly eyespots. Annual Reviews of Entomology. 60:253-271.

Developmental Biology
Heredity and Evolution