Elizabeth Borda

As an evolutionary biologist, Dr. Liz Borda’s research focuses on the use of integrative systematic approaches, including genetic, genomic, phylogenetic, ecological and morphological evaluations, to uncover the evolutionary processes that drive diversity, shape life history strategies, adaptations and biogeographic distributions to improve our knowledge of tropical terrestrial, freshwater, and marine invertebrate species found in biodiversity hotspots around the world.

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  1. 2023. Fernández-Lereé CG, Ávila-García A, Sánchez C, Borda E, López-Vivas JM, Huato-Soberanis L, and Gómez-Gutiérrez J. Zenopontonia soror caridean shrimp exhibits dynamical mimicry with sea star host switching. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 568 (2023):151936. 
  2. 2023. Calderón Gutiérrez F, Iliffe TM, Borda E, Yañez G and Labonté J. Resilience of the karst subterranean estuary to precipitation impacts. Ecology and Evolution. 13(8): e10415.
  3. 2023. Ávila-García A, Sánchez C, Huato-Soberanis L, Borda E and Gómez-Gutiérrez J. Continuous reproduction causes stable population structure of Sandyella tricornuta (Decapoda: Palaemonidae) epibiont of black coral. Pacific Science 76 (4), 397-410.
  4. 2022. Ballou L, Chavez-Solis E, Brankovits D, Chavez Diaz, JM, Gonzalez B, Rohret S, Salinas A, Liu A, Simoes N, Alvarez F, Miglietta MP, Iliffe T and Borda E. Identity Crisis: An integrative re-evaluation of the shrimp Typhlatya within the Yucatan Peninsula. Scientific Reports 12 (1), 5302.
  5. 2021. Müller J, Schumacher A, Borda E, Rouse GW, Bartolomaeus T and Tilic E. “Brittleworms”: Ultra-structure and arrangement of the calcified chaetae of Euphrosine (Amphinomida, Annelida). Invertebrate Biology. 140(4): e12353.
  6. 2021. [Book Chapter] Yáñez-Rivera B and Borda E. Amphinomidae Savigny 1818. In: Poliquetos (Annelida: Polychaeta) de México y América Tropical, con un adendum a los Clitelata, 2a Ed. de León-González JA, Bastida-Zavala JR, Carrera-Parra LF, García-Garza ME, Salazar-Vallejo SI, Solís-Weiss V and Tovar-Hernández MA (Eds.).  Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México.
  7. 2021. [Book Chapter] Yáñez-Rivera B and Borda E. Euphrosinidae Williams, 1851. In: Poliquetos (Annelida: Polychaeta) de México y América Tropical, con un adendum a los Clitelata, 2a Ed. de León-González JA, Bastida-Zavala JR, Carrera-Parra LF, García-Garza ME, Salazar-Vallejo SI, Solís-Weiss V and Tovar-Hernández MA (Eds.).  Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México.
  8. 2021. [Research Note] Stegenga BS, Jarboe A, Stevenson DJ and Borda E. Parasitism of the Two-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means Garden) by the macrobdellid leech Macrobdella ditetra Moore. Southeastern Naturalist 20 (1), N1
  9. 2020. Ávila-García A, Sánchez CA, Borda E, González-Acosta B, Huato-Soberanis L, and Gómez-Gutiérrez J. From five to one: Sandyella species (Palaemonidae) are distinct ontogenetic stages of a single species. Zoologica Scripta 49(4): 488-498
  10. 2019. [Book Chapter] Schulze A, Hipes J, Borda E and Rice ME. Whos who in sipunculans? Matching larvae and adults using DNA. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Science
  11. 2019. Siddall ME, Barkdull M, Tessler M, Brugler MR, Borda E, and Hekkala E. Ideating iDNA: Lessons and limitations from leeches in legacy collections. PLOS ONE. 14 (2), e0212226
  12. 2018. Gonzalez BC, Martinez A, Borda E, Iliffe TM, Fontaneto D and Worsaae K. Phylogeny and systematics of the Aphroditiformia based on total evidence. Cladistics. 34 (3), 225-259.
  13. 2017. Gonzalez BC, Martinez A, Borda E, Iliffe TM, Fontaneto D and Worsaae K. Genetic spatial structure of an anchialine annelid indicates the presence of a crevicular spelean corridor within - but not between - islands of the Great Bahama Bank. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109, 259-270.
  14. 2016. Tessler M, Barrio A, Borda E, Rood-Goldman R, Hill M and Siddall ME. Description of an extant soft-bodied invertebrate with microcomputed tomography and phylogenetic revision of duognathous terrestrial leeches (Haemadipsidae: Chtonobdella). Zoological Scripta. 45 (5), 552-565.
  15. 2015. Borda E, Yáñez-Rivera B, Ochoa GM, Kudenov JD, Sanchez-Ortiz C, Schulze A and Rouse G. Revamping Amphinomidae (Annelida: Amphinomida), with the inclusion of Notopygos. Zoologica Scripta 44 (3): 324–333.
  16. 2014. Kot BW, Sears R, Zbinden D, Borda E and Gordon MS. Rorqual whale (Balaenopteridae) surface lunge-feeding behaviors: standardized classification, repertoire diversity and evolutionary analysis. Marine Mammal Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12115 
  17. 2014. Borda E and Kudenov JD. Euphrosinidae (Annelida: Amphinomida) collected from Antarctica by the R/V Polarstern in 1984 and 1986, with comments on the generic placement of Euphrosine magellanica. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 126(4): 299–311.  
  18. 2013. Borda E, Kudenov JD, Blake JA, Chevaldonné P, Desbruyères D, Hourdez S, Fabri M-C, Pleijel F, Schulze A, Shank T, Wilson NG and Rouse GW. Cryptic species of Archinome (Annelida: Amphinomida) from vents and seeps. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 280(1770): 20131876.   
  19. 2013. Ahrens J, Borda E, Barroso R, Campbell AM, Wolf A, Nugues M, Paiva P, Rouse GW and Schulze A. The curious case of Hermodice carunculata (Annelida: Amphinomidae): evidence for genetic homogeneity throughout the Atlantic Ocean and associated basins. Molecular Ecology 22(8): 2280–2291.
  20. 2012. Rocha R, Borda E, Andreone F and Rosa GM. First reports of leech parasitism in Malagasy anurans. Comparative Parasitology 79(2): 352-356.
  21. 2012. Borda E, Kudenov JD, Beinhold C and Rouse GW. Towards a revised Amphinomidae (Annelida, Amphinomida): description and affinities of a new genus and species from the Nile Deep-sea Fan, Mediterranean Sea.  Zoologica Scripta. 40(3): 307–325.
  22. [Book Chapter] Borda E. Hirudinida. Gerlach J (ed.) Crustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles islands. Siri Scientific Press, Manchester.
  23. 2011. Borda E and Siddall ME. Insights into the evolutionary history of Indo-Pacific bloodfeeding terrestrial leeches (Hirudinida: Arhynchobdellida: Haemadipsidae). Invertebrate Systematics 24(5): 456–472.
  24. 2010. Graham SP, Borda E and Connell MR. Agkristrodon piscivorous (Cottonmouth). Ectoparasite. Herpetological Review. 41 (1): 88.
  25. 2010. Graham SP and Borda E. First report of leech parasitism in the amphibian family Sirenidae. Comparative Parasitology 77(1): 105–107.
  26. 2009. [Book Chapter] Halanych KM and Borda E. Developing models for lophotrochozoan and annelid biology. Annelids in Modern Biology. Shaine D (ed) John Wiley & Sons. Indianapolis, IN.
  27. 2008. Borda E, Oceguera-Figueroa A, and Siddall ME. On the classification, evolution and biogeography of terrestrial haemadipsoid leeches (Hirudinida: Arhynchobdellida: Hirudiniformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 46(1): 142–154.  
  28. 2006. [Book Chapter] Siddall ME, Bely AE and Borda E. Hirudinida. Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Annelida. Rouse G and Pleijel F (eds.) Enfield, NH.
  29. 2006. Borda E. A Revision of the Malagabdellinae (Arhynchobdellida: Domanibdellidae), with a description of a new species, Malagabdella niarchosorum, from Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Museum Novitates 3531: 1–13.
  30. 2005. Siddall ME, Budinoff RB and Borda E. Phylogenetic evaluation of systematics and biogeography of the leech family Glossiphoniidae. Invertebrate Systematics. 19(2): 105–112.
  31. 2004. [Book Chapter] Siddall ME, Borda E and Rouse GW. Towards a Tree of Life for the Annelida. Assembling the Tree of Life. Cracraft J and Donoghue M (eds.)  Oxford University.
  32. 2004. Borda E and Siddall ME. Arhynchobdellida (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Hirudinida): phylogenetic relationships and evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30: 213–225.
  33. 2004. Siddall ME and Borda E. Leech collections from Chile including two new species of Helobdella. American Museum Novitates. 3457: 1–18.
  34. 2004. Borda E and Siddall ME. Review of the evolution of life history strategies of the Hirudinida (Annelida: Oligochaeta). Lauterbornia 52: 5–25.  
  35. 2003. Siddall ME and Borda E. Phylogeny of the leech genus Helobdella (Hirudinea: Glossiphoniidae) based on mitochondrial gene sequences and morphological data and a special consideration of the triserialis complex. Zoologica Scripta 32: 23–33.

Elizabeth Borda

College Of Arts And Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Assistant Professor

Science and Technology Building, Room 311P
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Course Teachings

BIOL 3402 001 Evolution Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 5370 001 Special Graduate Topics in Bio Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 3104 510 Research Experience in Biology Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 4304 510 Undergrad Research in Biology Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 5306 202 Thesis Spring 2024 Syllabus