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Claramunt, S. In review. CladeDate: empirical calibration density generator for divergence time estimation. R package available here.

Chu, J. J., & S. Claramunt. In review. Determinants of natal dispersal distances in North American birds.

Hong, M. & S. Claramunt. In review. Adaptations for migratory flight efficiency in eastern and western North American Wood-warblers.

Paradis, E., S. Claramunt, J. W. Brown & K. Schliep In review. Confidence intervals in molecular dating by maximum likelihood.

Lowi-Merri, T. M., Z. M. Bochenski, K. Wertz, S. Claramunt. In review. The phylogenetic position of early fossil passerines from Europe.

Duchene, D. A., P. Montoya, S. Claramunt & D. A. Cadena. In review. Flight demand and environmental niche are associated with molecular evolutionary rates in a large avian radiation. BioRxiv 2020.01.16.908368

In Press

Naka, L. N., B. M. da Silva Costa, G. Rodrigues Lima & S. Claramunt. In press. Riverine barriers as obstacles to dispersal in Amazonian birds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Claramunt, S., M. Hong & A. Bravo. In press. The effect of flight efficiency on gap-crossing ability in Amazonian forest birds. Biotropica.

Claramunt, S., J. Aldabe, I. Etchevers, A. S. Di Giacomo, C. Kopuchian & C. M. Milensky. In press. Distribution, migratory behavior, and conservation of Asthenes hudsoni (Furnariidae): a grassland specialist from the humid Pampas. Avian Conservation & Ecology (2022).


Weeks, B. C., B. K. O’Brien, C. Sheard, S. Claramunt, J. J. Chu & J. A. Tobias. 2022. Flight efficiency predicts natal dispersal distance and aerial lifestyle in birds. Functional Ecology

Tobias, J. A., C. Sheard, A. L. Pigot, A. J. M. Devenish, J. Yang, F. Sayol, M. H. C. Neate-Clegg, N. Alioravainen, T. L. Weeks, R. A. Barber, P. A. Walkden, H. E. A. MacGregor, S. E. I. Jones, C. Vincent, A. G. Phillips, N. M. Marples, F. A. Montaño-Centellas, V. Leandro-Silva, S. Claramunt, et al. 2022. AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds. Ecology Letters 25(3): 581-597.


Claramunt, S. 2021. Flight efficiency explains differences in natal dispersal distances in birds. Ecology 102(9): e03442.

Lowi-Merri, T., R. Benson, S. Claramunt & D. Evans. 2021. The relationship between sternum variation and mode of locomotion in birds. BMC Biology 19:165.

O’Neill, J. P., B. Walker, S. Claramunt, L. A. Alamía, S. Salazar, T. Mark, M. Sánchez, D. C. Schmitt, C. G. Schmitt, C. J. Schmitt, F. Takano & A. Urbay. 2021. An ornithological survey of the southern Cordillera del Cóndor including the first record of Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi) for Peru. Boletín de la Unión de Ornitólogos del Perú 16 (1): 36-56.


Harvey, M. G., G. A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, A. M. Cuervo, G. E. Derryberry, J. Battilana, G. F. Seeholzer, J. Shearer McKay, B. C. O’Meara, B. C. Faircloth, S. V. Edwards, J. Pérez-Emán, R. G. Moyle, F. H. Sheldon, A. Aleixo, B. T. Smith, R. T. Chesser, L. F. Silveira, J. Cracraft, R. T. Brumfield & E. P. Derryberry. 2020. The evolution of a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Science 370(6522):1343-1348. Media coverage.

Feng, S., J. Stiller, Y. Deng, J. Armstrong, Q. Fang, A. H. Reeve, D. Xie, G. Chen, C. Guo, B. C. Faircloth, B. Petersen, …(25 authors), S. Claramunt, … (111 authors), B. Paten & G. Zhang. 2020. Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics. Nature 587(7833):252-257. Media coverage.

Sheard, C., M. H. C. Neate-Clegg, N. Alioravainen, S. E. I. Jones, C. Vincent, H. E. A. MacGregor, T. P. Bregman, S. Claramunt & J. A. Tobias. 2020. Ecological drivers of global gradients in avian dispersal inferred from wing morphology. Nature Communications 11(2463):1-9. Media coverage


Cabanne, G. S., L. Campagna, N. Trujillo-Arias, K. Naoki, I. Gómez, C. Y. Miyaki, F.R. Santos, G. P. M. Dantas, A. Aleixo, S. Claramunt, A. Rocha, R. Caparroz, I. J. Lovette, P. L. Tubaro. 2019. Phylogeographic variation within the Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner (Aves: Furnariidae: Syndactyla rufosuperciliata) supports an Andean-Atlantic forests connection via the Cerrado. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 133:198-213.

Oliveros, C. H. D. J. Field, D. T. Ksepka, F. K. Barker, A. Aleixo, M. J. Andersen, P. Alström, B. W. Benz, E. L. Braun, M. J. Braun, G. A. Bravo, R. T. Brumfield, R. T. Chesser, S. Claramunt, J. Cracraft, A. M. Cuervo, E. P. Derryberry, T. C. Glenn, M. G. Harvey, P. A. Hosner, L. Joseph, R. T. Kimball, A. L. Mack, C. M. Miskelly, A. T. Peterson, M. B. Robbins, F. H. Sheldon, L. F. Silveira, B. T. Smith, N. D. White, R. G. Moyle, B. C. Faircloth. 2019. Earth history and the passerine superradiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Illera, J. C., J. C. Rando, E. Rodriguez‐Exposito, M. Hernández, S. Claramunt & A. Martín. 2018. Acoustic, genetic, and morphological analysis of the Canarian common chaffinch complex (Fringilla coelebs ssp.) reveals a cryptic diversification process. Journal of Avian Biology 49(12):e01885.

Derryberry, E. P., N. Seddon, G. E. Derryberry, S. Claramunt, G. F. Seeholzer, R. T. Brumfield & J. A. Tobias. 2018. Ecological drivers of song evolution in birds: Disentangling the effects of habitat and morphology. Ecology and Evolution 8(3):1890–1905.


Claramunt, S., & N. A. Wright. 2017. Using museum specimens to study flight and dispersal. In: M. S. Webster (ed.) Emerging Frontiers in Collections-based Ornithological research: the Extended Specimen. Studies in Avian Biology 50. American Ornithological Society, Chicago.

Cracraft, J., & S. Claramunt. 2017. Conceptual and analytical worldviews shape differences about global avian biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 44:950–962.

Seeholzer, G. F., S. Claramunt & R T. Brumfield. 2017. Niche evolution and diversification in a Neotropical radiation of birds (Aves: Furnariidae). Evolution 71(3):702–715.

Mason, N. A., K. J. Burns, J. A. Tobias, S. Claramunt, N. Seddon & E. P. Derryberry. 2017. Song evolution, speciation, and vocal learning in passerine birds. Evolution 71(3):786–796.


Weeks, B. C., S. Claramunt, & J. Cracraft. 2016. Integrating systematics and biogeography to disentangle the roles of history and ecology in biotic assembly. Journal of Biogeography 43(8):1546–1559.

Pitman, N., A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Ravikumar, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, S. Heilpern, B. Rodríguez Grández, A. R. Sáenz Rodríguez & R. C. Smith, eds. 2016. Perú: Medio Putumayo-Algodón. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 28. The Field Museum, Chicago.


Claramunt, S. & J. L. Cracraft. 2015. A new time tree reveals Earth history’s imprint on the evolution of modern birds. Science Advances 1:e1501005. Media coverage (see also Nature, AMNH)

Watson, A. S., S. Plog, B. J. Culleton, P. A. Gilman, S. A. LeBlanc, P. M. Whiteley, S. Claramunt & D. J. Kennett. 2015. Early procurement of scarlet macaws and the emergence of social complexity in Chaco Canyon. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 112(27):8238-8243. Media coverage


Claramunt, S. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships among Synallaxini spinetails (Aves: Furnariidae) reveal a new biogeographic pattern across the Amazon and Parana river basins. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 78:223–231.

Weeks, B. C. & S. Claramunt. 2014 Dispersal has inhibited avian diversification in Australasian archipelagoes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences 281: 20141257.

Claramunt, S. 2014. Morphometric insights into the existence of a new species of Cichlocolpates in northeastern Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 22(2): 95-101.

Claramunt, S., A. M. Cuervo, V. de Q. Piacentini, G. A. Bravo & J. V. Remsen, Jr. 2014. Comment on Grallaria fenwickorum Barrera & Bartels, 2010 (Aves, GRALLARIIDAE): proposed replacement of an indeterminate holotype by a neotype (Case 3623; see BZN 70: 99–102, 256–269). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 71(1):40-43.

Tobias, J. A., C. K. Cornwallis, E. P. Derryberry, S. Claramunt, R. T. Brumfield, N. Seddon 2014. Species coexistence and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution in adaptive radiation. Nature 506:359-363.


Claramunt, S., E. P. Derryberry, C. D. Cadena, A. M. Cuervo, C. Sanín & R. T. Brumfield. 2013. Phylogeny and classification of Automolus foliage-gleaners and allies (Furnariidae). Condor 115(2):375-385.

Claramunt, S. & J. Cuello. 2013. La presencia histórica de dos aves selváticas en Uruguay, Odontophorus capueira (Galliformes) y Trogon surrucura (Trogoniformes): consideraciones sobre la desaparición de los bosques primarios en Uruguay y su efecto sobre la avifauna. Comunicaciones Zoológicas, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural 13(205):1-10.

Meerhoff, E. I., L. R. Rodríguez Gallego & S. Claramunt. 2013. Dieta de ocho especies de aves costeras en la Barra de Laguna de Rocha, Uruguay. Boletín de la Sociedad Zoológica del Uruguay 22(1): 12-22.

Aldabe J., E. Arballo, D. Caballero-Sadi, S. Claramunt, J. Cravino & P Rocca. 2013. Aves. Pp. 149-173, en: Soutullo A., C. Clavijo & J. A. Martínez-Lanfranco (eds.). Especies prioritarias para la conservación en Uruguay. Vertebrados, moluscos continentales y plantas vasculares. SNAP/DINAMA/MVOTMA y DiCyT/MEC, Montevideo. 222 pp.


Claramunt, S., E. P. Derryberry, R. T. Brumfield & J. V. Remsen, Jr. 2012. Ecological opportunity and diversification in a continental radiation of birds: climbing adaptations and cladogenesis in the Furnariidae. American Naturalist 179(5):649-666.

Claramunt, S., Elizabeth P. Derryberry, James V. Remsen, Jr. & Robb T. Brumfield. 2012. High dispersal ability inhibits speciation in a continental radiation of passerine birds. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 279:1567-1574.


Derryberry, E. P.,  S. Claramunt, R. T. Chesser, J. V. Remsen Jr., J. Cracraft, A. Aleixo, & R. T. Brumfield. 2011. Lineage diversification and morphological evolution in a large-scale continental radiation: the Neotropical ovenbirds and woodcreepers (Aves: Furnariidae). Evolution 65(10):2973-2986.

Claramunt, S. 2010. Discovering exceptional diversifications at continental scales: the case of the endemic families of Neotropical suboscine passerines. Evolution 64(7):2004–2019.

Claramunt, S., E. P. Derryberry, R. T. Chesser, A. Aleixo, & R. T. Brumfield. 2010. Polyphyly of Campylorhamphus, and description of a new genus for C. pucherani (Dendrocolaptinae). The Auk 127(2):430-439.

Derryberry, E. P.,  S. Claramunt, K. E. O’Quin, A. Aleixo, R. T. Chesser, J. V. Remsen Jr., & R. T. Brumfield. 2010. Pseudasthenes, a new genus of ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae).  Zootaxa 2416:61-68.

Derryberry, E. P.,  S. Claramunt, R. T. Chesser, A. Aleixo, J. Cracraft, R. G. Moyle, & R. T. Brumfield. 2010. Certhiasomus, a new genus of woodcreeper (Aves: Passeriformes: Dendrocolaptidae). Zootaxa 2416:44-50.


Chesser, R. T., S. Claramunt, E. P. Derryberry & R. T. Brumfield. 2009. Geocerthia, a new genus of terrestrial ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Zootaxa 2213: 64–68.

Aldabe, J., P. Rocca & S. Claramunt. 2009. Uruguay. Pp. 383-392 in Devenish, C., D. F. Díaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Yépez Zabala (Eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas – Priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 16. BirdLife International, Quito.

Ghione, S., D. Martino, et al. 2008. Capitulo 4. Biodiversidad. Pp. 178-239 in GEO Uruguay, Informe del Estado del Ambiente. PNUMA, CLAES, DINAMA, Montevideo.

Claramunt, S. 2000. Estudios de biodiversidad de aves del Uruguay y sus aplicaciones a la conservación. Pp. 44-46 in: Asociación de Estudiantes de Veterinaria (eds.) Jornadas sobre Animales Silvestres, Desarrollo Sustentable y Medio Ambiente. Montevideo.

Cravino, J. & S. Claramunt. 2007. First records of Red-eyed Thornbird Phacellodomus erythrophthalmus ferrugineigula and Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas for Uruguay. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists´ Club 127(4): 327-329.

O’Shea, B. J., C. M. Milensky, S. Claramunt, B. K. Schmidt, C. A. Gebhard, C. G. Schmitt & K. T. Erskine. 2007. New records for Guyana, with description of the voice of Roraiman Nightjar Caprimulgus whitely. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists´ Club 127(2):118-128.

Claramunt, S., G. Rocha & J. Aldabe. 2006. The occurrence of Sporophila hypochroma and S. hypoxantha in Uruguay.  Bulletin of the British Ornithologists´ Club 126(1):45-49.

Claramunt, S. & A. Rinderknecht. 2005. A new fossil furnariid from the Pleistocene of Uruguay, with remarks on nasal type, cranial kinetics, and relationships of the extinct genus Pseudoseisuropsis. Condor 107: 114-127.

Claramunt, S. & J. P. Cuello. 2004. Diversidad de la biota uruguaya. Aves. Anales del Museo de Historia Natural y Antropología 10(6): 1-76.

García, G, S. Claramunt & A. I. Lalanne. 2004. Genetic differentiation among annual fishes of the genus Cynolebias (Cyprinodontiformes, Rivulidae) in a Biosphere Reserve site from Uruguay. Environmental Biology of Fishes 70(3): 247-256.

Rocha, G. & S. Claramunt. 2003. Grassland surveys find threatened species. World Birdwatch 25(2):2.

Venzal, J. M., O. Castro, S. Claramunt & A. A. Guglielmone. 2003. Primer registro de Amblyomma longirostre (Acari: Ixodidae) en Uruguay. Parasitología Latinoamericana 58: 72-74.

Claramunt, S. 2002. Variación geográfica en Cranioleuca pyrrhophia y el límite con Cranioleuca obsoleta (Furnariidae). Ornitología Neotropical 13(4): 255-266.

Claramunt, S. & G. Rocha. 2002. La conservación del Cardenal Amarillo (Gubernatrix cristata) en Uruguay. Nuestras Aves 44: 5.

Claramunt, S. & J. C. Mazzulla 2002. La presencia de Synallaxis albescens en Uruguay (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Comunicaciones Zoológicas, Museos Nacionales de Historia Natural y Antropología, 13(200): 1-4.

Claramunt, S. & G. Rocha. 2001. Hallazgo de Elaenia mesoleuca en Uruguay (Aves: Passeriformes: Tyrannidae). Comunicaciones Zoológicas, Museos Nacionales de Historia Natural y Antropología, 13(199): 1-4.

Rinderknecht A. & S. Claramunt. 2000. Primer registro de Colaptes Vigors, 1826, para el Pleistoceno del Uruguay (Aves: Piciformes: Picidae). Comunicaciones Paleontológicas del Museo de Historia Natural de Montevideo II(32): 157-160.

González, E. M. & S. Claramunt. 2000. Behaviors of short-tailed opossums, Monodelphis dimidiata. Mammalia 64(3): 271-285.

Claramunt, S. 2000. Un problema de conservación, identificación y clasificación de aves: los “capuchinos” del Género  Sporophila. [A problem of conservation, identification and classification in birds: the Sporophila seedeaters] Documentos de Divulgación, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural y Antropologia, N° 2.


Claramunt, S. & E. M. González. 1999. Elaenia spectabilis y Casiornis rufa, dos Tyrannidae nuevos para Uruguay (Aves: Passeriformes). Comunicaciones Zoológicas del Museo de Historia Natural de Montevideo XII(194): 1-8.

Claramunt, S. & E. M. González 1999. Guía para la identificación de las aves de la ciudad de Montevideo [A guide to the birds of Montevideo City]. Vida Silvestre, Montevideo.

González, E. M.; S. J. Claramunt & A. M. Saralegui. 1999. Mamíferos hallados en egagrópilas de Tyto alba (Aves, Strigiformes, Tytonidae) en Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. [Mammals found in Tyto alba pellets from Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil]. Iheringia, Sér. Zool. 86: 117-120.

Claramunt, S. J. 1998. Todirostrum plumbeiceps y Sittasomus griseicapillus, dos Passeriformes nuevos para Uruguay (Aves).  Comunicaciones Zoológicas del Museo de Historia Natural de Montevideo XII(189): 1-4.

Lyons, J. A. & S. Claramunt Tammaro. 1996. Aves del Parque Lecocq. Lista preliminar. CIPFE CLAES, Contribuciones en Biología 16: 2-3.