Graduate Faculty

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Paul Mitaari Magwene

Associate Professor of Biology

Office: 124 Science Drive, Room 4103 Ffsc, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 613-8159

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Paul S. Manos

Jack H. Neely Professor of Biology

Office: 330 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 660-7358

My research emphasizes woody plants, especially the systematics of Fagaceae (the oak family), Juglandaceae (the walnut family), and related wind-pollinated families of flowering plants. I generally use DNA sequences to generate hypotheses of phylogenetic relationship for inferring morphological character evolution, analyzing patterns of biogeography, and revising classification. Students in my lab have studied the systematics and diversification of the following angiosperm families:... Full Profile »

David R. McClay

Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Office: 4102 French Science Center, Science Dr., Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Department of Biology, Durham, NC 27708-1000

Phone: (919) 613-8188

We ask how the embryo works. Prior to morphogenesis the embryo specifies each cell through transcriptional regulation and signaling. Our research builds gene regulatory networks to understand how that early specification works. We then ask how this specification programs cells for their morphogenetic movements at gastrulation, and how the cells deploy patterning information. Current projects examine 1) novel signal transduction mechanisms that establish and maintain embryonic boundaries... Full Profile »

Daniel W. McShea

Professor in the Department of Biology

Office: 139 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 660-7342

My main research interest is hierarchy theory, especially the causal relationship between higher-level wholes and their components (Spencer, Simon, Campbell, Salthe, Wimsatt). In biology, for example, we might want to know how large-scale processes within a multicellular organism act to control the smaller-scale processes within its component cells. Or, in the area of my current research, how do the emotions in mammals (and perhaps other animals) act to initiate and control conscious thought... Full Profile »

Thomas Mitchell-Olds

Newman Ivey White Professor of Biology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Office: French Science Center 3311, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 668-1635

We study genetic variation in plant populations, focusing on genes that influence traits controlling plant performance in an environmental context – a central theme throughout our research in natural and agricultural populations. Much of our work is focused on the genes that affect ecological success and evolutionary fitness in natural environments. Similarly, the interaction of crop plants with their biotic and abiotic environments is controlled by complex trait variation which can be... Full Profile »

William F. Morris

Professor of Biology

Office: 104 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90325, Durham, NC 27708-0325

Phone: (919) 684-5257

Bill Morris studies the population ecology of plants and insects (both herbivores and pollinators). Current projects include: the population dynamic consequences of constitutive and inducible resistance in plants, the maintenance of mutualistic interactions between flowering plants and nectar-robbing pollinators, the use of population-level attributes to detect biotic... Full Profile »