Jonathan W. Armbruster
Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and Curator of Fishes

Office: 131 Biodiversity Learning Center

Lab: 212-213 M. White Smith

Address: 331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-9261

Lab Phone: (334) 844-9258

Fax: (334) 844-9234



Ph.D. - University of Illinois
B.S. - University of Illinois

Honors and Awards
Alumni Professor

Research and Teaching Interests

  • The systematics of minnows and their relatives (Cypriniformes) using phylogenomics
  • The evolution of miniaturization in minnows
  • The systematics of the South American catfish subfamilies Hypostominae and Ancistrinae (Loricariidae), and their evolutionary ecology
  • Formation of the modern Guyana ichthyofauna
  • Phylogenetics of the North American cavefishes (Amblyopsidae), and revision of the Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus)

Selected Publications

  1. Armbruster, J.W., C.C. Stout, & M.M. Hayes. 2015. An Empirical Test for Convergence and Social Mimicry Using African Barbs (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Evolutionary Ecology (Published online 11/29/15). 

  2. Werneke, D.C. and J.W. Armbruster. 2015. Silversides of the genus Labidesthes (Atheriniformes: Atherinopsidae). Zootaxa 4032: 535–550. 25% JWA.

  3. Khaironizam, M.Z., M. Zakaria-Ismail, & J.W. Armbruster. 2015. Cyprinid fishes of the genusNeolissochilus in peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3962:139–157. Doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3962.1.7.

  4. Armbruster, J.W., D.C. Werneke, & M.Tan. 2015. Three new species of saddled loricariid catfishes and a review of Hemiancistrus, Peckoltia and allied genera (Siluriformes). ZooKeys 480: 97–123. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.480.6540.

  5. Lujan, N.K., J.W. Armbruster, N. Lovejoy, & H. López-Fernández. 2015. Multilocus molecular phylogeny of the suckermouth armored catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) with a focus on subfamily Hypostominae, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82:269-288.

  6. de Souza, Lesley S., J. W. Armbruster, and D. C. Werneke. 2012. The influence of the Rupununi portal on distribution of freshwater fish in the Rupununi district, Guyana. Cybium 36:31–43. (Special issue on the Guyana Shield).

  7. Lujan, N.K. and J. W. Armbruster. 2012. Morphological and functional Diversity of the Mandible in Suckermouth Armored Catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae).  Journal of Morphology 273:24–60.

  8. Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2011. Geological and hydrological history of the Guyana Shield and historical biogeography of its fishes. In Albert, J.A. and R. E. Reis, eds. Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes. University of California Press. Pp. 211-224. 

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Undergraduate Graduate
Comparative Anatomy - BIOL3010
Evolution and Systematics - BIOL3030
Evolution and Systematics (Distance) - BIOL3033
Systematic Ichthyology - BIOL7160

Last updated: 10/05/2021