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Hector C. Miranda, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
and Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Thomas F. Freeman Honors College

Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1997
M.S. University of the Philippines at Los Banos, 1987
B.S University of the philippines at Los Banos, 1981

Office: 203H Science Center
Lab: Room 318
Phone: 713-313-1031

Thomas F. Freeman Honors College
Phone: 713-313-6723

Email: mirandahc@tsu.edu


Courses Taught

Biology 131: General BiologyI
Biology 132: General Biology II
Biology 341: Organismic Biology
Biology 439: Principles of Biology
Biology 434: Evolutionary Biology
Biology 332: Bioinformatics
Biology 334: Conservation Biology (to be offered)
Biology 712: Biosynthetic Mechanisms (graduate level)


Mitochondrial genome mutation and Radiation

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

My research interest lies in the intersection of systematics, ecology, evolution and conservation biology. I seek to understand patterns and processes of organismal diversification. My work deals mainly on Philippine birds of prey and owls, and rodents. I use archipelagic settings such as the Philippines to test hypotheses on phylogeography and adaptive radiation.

Lab Alumni

Leighan Pollard, M.S., 2009
Shaunte Hulett,
M.S, 2010 - Assistant Professor, Lone Star College
Stephen Hayes DDM student at Howard University
Tiarra Spencer, M.S. 2011- currently a DVM student at Louisiana State University
Samrawit Yeshitla
, M.S, 2012 - currently with NASA Johnson Space Center and Ph.D. student at TSU
Thao Nguyen, M. S, 2012 - currently a Ph.D. student at TSU
Nissi Abraham, M.S. 2012

Select Publications

Miranda, H. C., Jr. D. Brooks and R. S. Kennedy. 2011. Phylogeny and taxonomic review of Philippine scops-owls (Strigidae): parallel diversification of highland and lowland clades. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (in press).

Miranda, H. C., Jr. 2010. The Philippine Eagle. In Tingay, R. and T. Katzner (eds.). The Eagle Watchers. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.

Blanga-Kanfi, S., H. Miranda, O. Penn, T. Pupko, R. W. DeBry, and D. Huchony.2009. Rodent phylogeny revised: Analysis of six nuclear genes from all major rodent clades. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:71.

Kennedy, R. H. and H. C. Miranda, Jr. 2008. Family Rhabdornithidae. Pages 188-195. In: J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, and D. A. Christie (eds). Handbook of the Birds of the World: Vol 13. Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Lynx Edicions.Barcelona, Spain.

Miranda, H. C., Jr. and J. Ibañez. 2006. A modified bal-chatri to trap Great Philippine Eagles for radio-telemetry. Journal of Raptor Research. 40:235-237

Ibañez, J. , H. C. Miranda Jr. G. Ibañez, D. S. Afan and R. S. Kennedy. Notes on the breeding behavior of a pair of Philippines Eagles at Mt. Sinaka, Mindanao. The Wilson Bulletin.

Bueser, G. L., K. Bueser, D. S. Afan, D. I. Salvador, J. W. Grier, R. S. Kennedy and H. C. Miranda, Jr. 2003. Nesting density and distribution of Philippine Eagles in Mindanao: What do we know after 100 years? Ibis.145:130-135.

Miranda, H., Jr., D.I. Salvador, and G.L.L. Bueser. 2002. On the population biology and status of the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffreyi). Pp. 152-157 in R. Yosef, M.R. Miller, and D. Pepler (eds.), Raptors in the new millenium: proceedings of the joint meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation the World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls. International Birding & Research Center, Eilat, Israel.

Miranda, H, C. Jr., R. S. Kennedy, R.V. Sison, P. C. Gonzales, amd M. F. Ebreo. 2001. New records of birds from the island of Panay, Philippines. Bulletin of the British Ornithological Club. 120:267-280.

Miranda, H. C. Jr., D. I. Salvador, J. Ibañez, and G. Ibañez. 2000. Summary of the Philippine Eagle breeding success, 1978-1998. Journal of Raptor Research. 34:37-41.

Kennedy, R. S., P. Gonzales, E. Dickinson, H. C. Miranda, Jr. and T. Fisher. 2000. A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines. Oxford University Press, Oxford UK.

Miranda, H. C., Jr., D. P. Mindell. And R. S. Kennedy. 1998. The molecular phylogeography of Philippine Scops-Owls and implications to ornithology. Sylvatrop 8:12-26.

Afan, D. S., J. C. Ibanez, G.L. Bueser, K. Gatil, G. B. Ibanez and H. C. Miranda, Jr. Notes on movement and behavior of a post-fledging Philippine Eagle at Mt. Sinaka, Mindanao island. Sylvatrop 10 (1&2) 52-69.

Tadena, D., D. I Salvador, A. Aya-Ay and H. C. Miranda, Jr. Captive breeding and artificial incubation of Philippine Eagles. Sylvatrop.10: 45-58. .

Kennedy, R. S. and H. C. Miranda, Jr. 1998. In memoriam: Dioscoro S. Rabor, 1911-1966. Auk 115: 204-205.

Miranda, H. C., Jr. , R. S. Kennedy and D. P. Mindell. 1997. The phylogenetic placement of Mimizuku gurneyi (Aves: Strigidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA. Auk 114:315-323.

R. S. Kennedy, P. D. Gonzales, and H. C. Miranda, Jr. 1997. A new sunbird Aethopyga sp. From Mindanao, Philippines. Auk 114:1-10.

Mindell, D. P., M. D. Sorenson, C. J. Huddleston, H. Miranda, Jr., A. Knight, S. J Sawchuck, and T. Yuri. 1997. Phylogenetic relationships among and within select avian orders based on mitochondrial DNA. Pp. 211-245 in D. P. Mindell, (ed). Avian Molecular Evolution and Systematics. Academic Press, New York.