Andrew Mahon
Department of Biology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Molecular Systematics
Biosciences 3112

Dr. Mahon is a professor of Biology at Central Michigan University


  • Ph.D., Ecological Sciences, Old Dominion University, 2007
  • M.S., Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 2000
  • M.S., Biology, Truman State University, 1999
  • B.S., Chemistry, Truman State University, 1997

Research Expertise

  • Molecular Ecology
  • Molecular Surveillance & Detection of Invasive Species
  • Phylogeography and Genetic Connectivity
  • Molecular Systematics

Research is currently being conducted in my lab to describe pollen grain diversity across the Brassicaceae. Trends in pollen evolution will be examined relative to recent advances in phylogenetic reconstruction and tribal classifications within the family. Pollen morphological data from scanning electron and light microscopy will be used to examine pollen evolutionary patterns and correlated floral evolution across the Brassicaceae.


  • Halanych, K.M. and Mahon, A.R. 2014. Discovering diversity with high throughput approaches. Biological Bulletin. 227: 91-92.
  • Nathan, L.R., Simmons, M., Wegleitner, B., Jerde, C.L., Mahon, A.R. 2014. Quantifying environmental DNA signals for aquatic invasive species across multiple detection platforms. Env. Sci. and Technology. 48(21): 12800-12806.
  • Nathan, L.R., C.L. Jerde, M. McVeigh, Mahon, A.R. 2014. Preventing Great Lakes species introductions through bait trade regulations and angler education. Management of Biological Invasions. 5(4): 319-326.
  • Nathan, L.R., Jerde, C.L., Budny, M., Mahon, A.R. 2014. Invasive species surveillance of the Great Lakes commercial bait trade using environmental DNA. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12381
  • Mahon, A.R., Nathan, L., Jerde, C.J. 2014. Meta-genomic surveillance of the commercial bait trade. Con. Genetic Res. 6(3): 563-567.​​