John H. Willis, Professor  

John H. Willis

We conduct research on broad issues in evolutionary genetics, and we are currently addressing questions relating to the evolution of adaptation, reproductive isolation, breeding systems, inbreeding depression, and floral traits in natural plant populations. Please see our lab web page for more information.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1991

Office Location: 3314 French Science Center, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-7340
Email Address: jwillis@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/willislab
Additional Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/willislab

Specialties:
Evolution
Ecology and Population Biology
Genetics
Genomics

Research Categories: Evolutionary genetics in natural plant populations

Research Description: We conduct research on broad issues in evolutionary genetics, and we are currently addressing questions relating to the evolution of adaptation, reproductive isolation, breeding systems, inbreeding depression, and floral traits in natural plant populations. Please see our lab web page for more information.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Ferris, KG; Rushton, T; Greenlee, AB; Toll, K; Blackman, BK; Willis, JH, Leaf shape evolution has a similar genetic architecture in three edaphic specialists within the Mimulus guttatus species complex., Annals of Botany (Elsevier), vol. 116 no. 2 (August, 2015), pp. 213-223 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Fierst, JL; Willis, JH; Thomas, CG; Wang, W; Reynolds, RM; Ahearne, TE; Cutter, AD; Phillips, PC, Reproductive Mode and the Evolution of Genome Size and Structure in Caenorhabditis Nematodes, edited by Blaxter, M, PLoS genetics, vol. 11 no. 6 (June, 2015), pp. e1005323-e1005323 [doi] .
  3. Friedman, J; Twyford, AD; Willis, JH; Blackman, BK, The extent and genetic basis of phenotypic divergence in life history traits in Mimulus guttatus., Molecular Ecology, vol. 24 no. 1 (January, 2015), pp. 111-122 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Ferris, KG; Sexton, JP; Willis, JH, Speciation on a local geographic scale: the evolution of a rare rock outcrop specialist in Mimulus., Philosophical Transactions B, vol. 369 no. 1648 (August, 2014) [doi]  [abs].
  5. Oneal, E; Lowry, DB; Wright, KM; Zhu, Z; Willis, JH, Divergent population structure and climate associations of a chromosomal inversion polymorphism across the Mimulus guttatus species complex., Molecular Ecology, vol. 23 no. 11 (June, 2014), pp. 2844-2860 [doi]  [abs].