Kathleen Donohue

Professor of Biology

Office: 
130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90338
Phone: 
(919) 613-7467

Lab Site: http://biology.duke.edu/donohuelab

Research Interests: 

We investigate the genetic basis of adaptation, including the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects, niche construction, dispersal, and mechanisms of multilevel natural selection.

We investigate the genetic basis of adaptation, including the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects, the adaptive value of epigenetic modifications, niche construction, dispersal, and mechanisms of multilevel natural selection.

Education

  • Ph.D. 1993, University of Chicago

  • M.S. 1985, Stanford University

  • B.S. 1985, Stanford University

  • B.A. 1985, Stanford University

Papers Published

The evolution of intrinsic reproductive isolation in the genus Cakile (Brassicaceae)., 2, 2017
Willis, CG; Donohue, K, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 30 vol. (2); pp. 361-376

Effects of pre- and post-dispersal temperature on primary and secondary dormancy dynamics in contrasting genotypes of A rabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae), 9, 2016
Coughlan, JM; Saha, A; Donohue, K, Plant Species Biology.

Maternal temperature effects on dormancy influence germination responses to water availability in Arabidopsis thaliana, 6, 2016
Edwards, BR; Burghardt, LT; Zapata-Garcia, M; Donohue, K, Environmental and Experimental Botany. 126 pp. 55-67

Multiple paths to similar germination behavior in Arabidopsis thaliana., 2, 2016
Burghardt, LT; Edwards, BR; Donohue, K, New Phytologist. 209 vol. (3); pp. 1301-1312

Contrasting germination responses to vegetative canopies experienced in pre- vs. post-dispersal environments., 11, 2016
Leverett, LD; Auge, GA; Bali, A; Donohue, K, Annals of Botany (Elsevier). 118 vol. (6); pp. 1175-1186

A cline in seed dormancy helps conserve the environment experienced during reproduction across the range of Arabidopsis thaliana., 1, 2016
Burghardt, LT; Metcalf, CJE; Donohue, K, American journal of botany. 103 vol. (1); pp. 47-59

Secondary dormancy dynamics depends on primary dormancy status in Arabidopsis thaliana, 6, 2015
Auge, GA; Blair, LK; Burghardt, LT; Coughlan, J; Edwards, B; Leverett, LD; Donohue, K, Seed Science Research. 25 vol. (02); pp. 230-246

DOG1-imposed dormancy mediates germination responses to temperature cues, 4, 2015
Murphey, M; Kovach, K; Elnacash, T; He, H; Bentsink, L; Donohue, K, Environmental and Experimental Botany. 112 pp. 33-43

Modeling the influence of genetic and environmental variation on the expression of plant life cycles across landscapes., 2, 2015
Burghardt, LT; Metcalf, CJE; Wilczek, AM; Schmitt, J; Donohue, K, American Naturalist. 185 vol. (2); pp. 212-227

Gene-flow through space and time: dispersal, dormancy and adaptation to changing environments, 11, 2015
Rubio de Casas, R; Donohue, K; Venable, DL; Cheptou, P-O, Evolutionary Ecology. 29 vol. (6); pp. 813-831

Applying developmental threshold models to evolutionary ecology, 1, 2015
Donohue, K; Burghardt, LT; Runcie, D; Bradford, KJ; Schmitt, J, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 30 vol. (2); pp. 66-77

Recipient of the 2014 molecular ecology prize: Johanna Schmitt., 1, 2015
Donohue, K, Molecular Ecology. 24 vol. (1); pp. 18-21

The evolution of seed dormancy: environmental cues, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants., 7, 2014
Willis, CG; Baskin, CC; Baskin, JM; Auld, JR; Venable, DL; Cavender-Bares, J; Donohue, K; Rubio de Casas, R, New Phytologist. 203 vol. (1); pp. 300-309

Gene duplication and the environmental regulation of physiology and development., Spring, 2014
Gibbs, DC; Donohue, K, Ecology and Evolution. (Spring, 2014) 4 vol. (11); pp. 2202-2216

Edited special collection: The Epigenetics of Adaptation. In press., Spring, 2014
K. Donohue, Evolution. (Spring, 2014) 68

The epigenetics of adaptation: focusing on epigenetic stability as an evolving trait., Spring, 2014
Donohue, K, Evolution. (Spring, 2014) 68 vol. (3); pp. 617-619

Diversification and the evolution of dispersal ability in the tribe Brassiceae (Brassicaceae)., 12, 2014
Willis, CG; Hall, JC; Rubio de Casas, R; Wang, TY; Donohue, K, Annals of Botany (Elsevier). 114 vol. (8); pp. 1675-1686

The evolution of seed dormancy: Environmental cues, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants, Summer, 2014
Willis, CG; Baskin, CC; Baskin, JM; Auld, JR; Venable, DL; Cavender-Bares, J; Donohue, K; de Casas, RR; Bradford, K; Burghardt, L; Kalisz, S; Meyer, S; Schmitt, J; Strauss, S; Wilczek, A, New Phytologist. (Summer, 2014) 203 vol. (1); pp. 300-309

Why ontogeny matters during adaptation: developmental niche construction and pleiotorpy across the life cycle in Arabidopsis thaliana., Spring, 2014
Donohue, K, Evolution. (Spring, 2014) 68 vol. (1); pp. 32-47

Local adaptation and plasticity of Erysimum capitatum to altitude: its implications for responses to climate change, In press
Kim, E; Donohue, K, Journal of Ecology. (In press) 101 vol. (3); pp. 796-805

Pleiotropy in the wild: the dormancy gene DOG1 exerts cascading control on life cycles., November, 2012
Chiang, GCK; Barua, D; Dittmar, E; Kramer, EM; de Casas, RR; Donohue, K, Evolution. (November, 2012) 67 vol. (3); pp. 883-893

How stable 'should' epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet hedging, Spring, 2014
Herman, JJ; Spencer, HG; Donohue, K; Sultan, SE, Evolution. (Spring, 2014) 68 vol. (3); pp. 632-643

Longitudinal trends in climate drive flowering time clines in North American Arabidopsis thaliana, 2012
Samis, KE; Murren, CJ; Bossdorf, O; Donohue, K; Fenster, CB; Malmberg, RL; Purugganan, MD; Stinchcombe, JR, Ecology and Evolution. (2012) 2 vol. (6); pp. 1162-1180

Seed after-ripening and dormancy determine adult life history independently of germination timing., 5, 2012
de Casas, RR; Kovach, K; Dittmar, E; Barua, D; Barco, B; Donohue, K, New Phytologist. 194 vol. (3); pp. 868-879

Epigenetics as a new avenue for the role of inbreeding depression in evolutionary ecology, 0, 2012
Cheptou, P-O; Donohue, K, Heredity. 110 vol. (3); pp. 205-206

Maternal effects alter natural selection on phytochromes through seed germination, 2012
Donohue, K; Barua, D; Butler, C; Tisdale, TE; Chiang, GCK; Dittmar, E; Casas, RRD, Journal of Ecology. (2012) 100 vol. (3); pp. 750-757

Understanding the basis of a novel fruit type in Brassicaceae: conservation and deviation in expression patterns of six genes, 0, 2012
Avino, M; Kramer, EM; Donohue, K; Hammel, AJ; Hall, JC, EvoDevo. 3 vol. (1); pp. 20 doi:10.1186/2041-9139-3-20

Environmental sensing of dormant seeds influences adult life history in Arabidopsis thaliana, 2012
Casas, RD; R, ; Kovach, K; Dittmar, E; Barua, D; Barco, B; Donohue, K, New Phytologist. (2012) doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04097.x

The effect of plant architecture on drought resistance: Implications for the evolution of semelparity in Erysimum capitatum, 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.0193
Kim, E; Donohue, K, Functional Ecology. (2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.0193) 26 vol. (1); pp. 294-303

Natural variation in germination responses of Arabidopsis to seasonal cues and their associated physiological mechanisms, 2011. 0:mcr264v1-mcr264; doi:10.1093/aob
Barua, D; Butler, C; Tisdale, TE; Donohue, K, Annals of Botany (Elsevier). (2011. 0:mcr264v1-mcr264; doi:10.1093/aob) 109 vol. (1); pp. 209-226

Environment-dependent inbreeding depression: Its ecological and evolutionary significance, 0, 2011
Cheptou, P-O; Donohue, K, New Phytologist. 189 vol. (2); pp. 395-407

Convergent evolution of a complex fruit structure in the tribe Brassiceae (Brassicaceae), 2011. 10.3732/ajb.1100203
Hall, JC; Tisdale, TE; Donohue, K; Wheeler, A; Al-Yahya, MA; Kramer, EM, American journal of botany. (2011. 10.3732/ajb.1100203) 98 vol. (12); pp. 1989-2003

Population differentiation and plasticity in vegetative ontogeny: Effects on life-history expression in erysimum capitatum (brassicaceae), 0, 2011
Kim, E; Donohue, K, American journal of botany. 98 vol. (11); pp. 1752-1761

DOG1 expression is predicted by the seed-maturation environment and contributes to geographical variation in germination in Arabidopsis thaliana, 0, 2011
Chiang, GCK; Bartsch, M; Barua, D; Nakabayashi, K; Debieu, M; Kronholm, I; Koornneef, M; Soppe, WJJ; Donohue, K; Meaux, JD, Molecular Ecology. 20 vol. (16); pp. 3336-3349

Demographic, developmental and life-history variation across altitude in Erysimum capitatum, 0, 2011
Kim, E; Donohue, K, Journal of Ecology. 99 vol. (5); pp. 1237-1249

The scale of population structure in Arabidopsis thaliana, 0, 2010
Platt, A; Horton, M; Huang, YS; Li, Y; Anastasio, AE; Mulyati, NW; Ågren, J; Bossdorf, O; Byers, D; Donohue, K; Dunning, M; Holub, EB; Hudson, A; Corre, VL; Loudet, O; Roux, F; Warthmann, N; Weigel, D; Rivero, L; Scholl, R; Nordborg, M; Bergelson, J; Borevitz, JO, PLoS genetics. 6 vol. (2); pp. e1000843

Tansley Review: Environment-dependent inbreeding depression: its ecological and evolutionary significance., 2010
Cheptou, PO; Donohue, K, New Phytologist.. (2010)

Germination, postgermination adaptation, and species ecological ranges, 0, 2010
Donohue, K; Casas, RRD; Burghardt, L; Kovach, K; Willis, CG, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 41 pp. 293-319

The earliest stages of adaptation in an experimental plant population: Strong selection on QTLS for seed dormancy, 0, 2010
Huang, X; Schmitt, J; Dorn, L; Griffith, C; Effgen, S; Takao, S; Koornneef, M; Donohue, K, Molecular Ecology. 19 vol. (7); pp. 1335-1351

Completing the cycle: maternal effects as the missing link in plant life histories., 2009
Donohue, K, Philosophical Transactions B. (2009) 364 vol. (1520); pp. 1059-1074

Major flowering time gene, FLOWERING LOCUS C, regulates seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana, 0, 2009
Chiang, GCK; Barua, D; Kramera, EM; Amasino, RM; Donohue, K, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 106 vol. (28); pp. 11661-11666

Relaxed selection in the wild, 0, 2009
Lahti, DC; Johnson, NA; Ajie, BC; Otto, SP; Hendry, AP; Blumstein, DT; Coss, RG; Donohue, K; Foster, SA, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 24 vol. (9); pp. 487-496

Diversification of phytochrome contributions to germination as a function of seed-maturation environment, 0, 2008
Donohue, K; Heschel, MS; Butler, CM; Barua, D; Sharrock, RA; Whitelam, GC; Chiang, GCK, New Phytologist. 177 vol. (2); pp. 367-379

New roles of phytochromes during seed germination, 0, 2008
Heschel, MS; Butler, CM; Barua, D; Chiang, GCK; Wheeler, A; Sharrock, RA; Whitelam, GC; Donohue, K, International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169 vol. (4); pp. 531-540

Pollen competition and environmental effects on hybridization dynamics between Phlox drummondii and Phlox cuspidata, 2007
Ruane, LG; Donohue, K, Evolutionary Ecology. (2007) 22 vol. (2); pp. 229-241

A new role for phytochromes in temperature-dependent germination, 2007
Heschel, MS; Selby, J; Butler, C; Whitelam, GC; Sharrock, RA; Donohue, K, New Phytologist. (2007) 174 vol. (4); pp. 735-741

Phytochrome mediates germination responses to multiple seasonal cues, 2007
Donohue, K; Heschel, MS; Chiang, GCK; Butler, CM; Barua, D, Plant Cell & Environment. (2007) 30 vol. (2); pp. 202-212

Environmental effects on pollen-pistil compatibility between Phlox cuspidata and P. drummondii (Polemoniaceae): Implications for hybridization dynamics, 2007
Ruane, LG; Donohue, K, American journal of botany. (2007) 94 vol. (2); pp. 219-227

Erratum: Population differentiation and natural selection for water-use efficiency in Impatiens capensis (International Journal of Plant Sciences 163 (907-912)), 0, 2006
Heschel, MS; Donohue, K; Hausmann, N; Schmitt, J, International Journal of Plant Sciences. 167 vol. (6); pp. 1291-

Developmental basis of an anatomical novelty: Heteroarthrocarpy in Cakile lanceolata and Erucaria erucarioides (Brassicaceae), 2006
Hall, JC; Tisdale, TE; Donohue, K; Kramert, EM, International Journal of Plant Sciences. (2006) 167 vol. (4); pp. 771-789

You can get there from here: Traversing the adaptive landscape in snapdragons, 2006
Kramer, E; Donohue, K, Science. (2006) 313 vol. (5789); pp. 924-925

Density-dependent processes influencing the evolutionary dynamics of dispersal: A functional analysis of seed dispersal in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae), 0, 2005
Wender, NJ; Polisetty, CR; Donohue, K, American Journal of Botany. 92 vol. (6); pp. 960-971

Density-dependent processes influencing the evolutionary dynamics of dispersal: A functional analysis of seed dispersal in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae), 2005
Wender, NJ; Polisetty, C; Donohue, K, American Journal of Botany. (2005) 92 vol. (6); pp. 88-98

Genetic basis and consequences of niche construction: Plasticity-induced genetic constraints on the evolution of seed dispersal in Arabidopsis thaliana, 2005
Donohue, K; Polisetty, CR; Wender, NJ, American Naturalist. (2005) 165 vol. (5); pp. 537-550

Niche construction through germination cueing: Life-history responses to timing of germination in arabidopsis Thaliana, 2005
Donohue, K; Dorn, L; Griffith, C; Kim, E; Aguilera, A; Polisetty, CR; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2005) 59 vol. (4); pp. 771-785

The evolutionary ecology of seed germination of Arabidopsis thaliana: Variable natural selection on germination timing, 2005
Donohue, K; Dorn, L; Griffith, C; Kim, E; Aguilera, A; Polisetty, CR; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2005) 59 vol. (4); pp. 758-770

Environmental and genetic influences on the germination of Arabidopsis thaliana in the field, 2005
Donohue, K; Dorn, L; Griffith, C; Kim, E; Aguilera, A; Polisetty, CR; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2005) 59 vol. (4); pp. 740-757

Niche construction through phenological plasticity: Life history dynamics and ecological consequences, 2005
Donohue, K, New Phytologist. (2005) 166 vol. (1); pp. 83-92

Seeds and seasons: Interpreting germination timing in the field, 2005
Donohue, K, Seed Science Research. (2005) 15 vol. (3); pp. 175-187

Density-dependent multilevel selection in the Great Lakes sea rocket, 2004
Donohue, K, Ecology. (2004) 85 vol. (1); pp. 180-191

Life-history variation and adaptation in the historically mobile plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae) in North America, 2004
Griffith, C; Kim, E; Donohue, K, American journal of botany. (2004) 91 vol. (6); pp. 837-849

Setting the stage: Phenotypic plasticity as habitat selection, 2003
Donohue, K, International Journal of Plant Sciences. (2003) 164 vol. (SUPPL. 3); pp. S79-S92

The influence of neighbor relatedness on multilevel selection in the Great Lakes sea rocket, 2003
Donohue, K, American Naturalist. (2003) 162 vol. (1); pp. 77-92

Population differentiation and natural selection for water-use efficiency in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae), 0, 2002
Heschel, MS; Donohue, K; Hausmann, N; Schmitt, J, International Journal of Plant Sciences. 163 vol. (6); pp. 907-912

Germination timing influences natural selection on life-history characters in Arabidopsis thaliana, 2002
Donohue, K, Ecology. (2002) 83 vol. (4); pp. 1006-1016

Environmental stress and rates of evolution: Genetic variation and selection on water-use efficiency in Impatiens capensis, 2002
Heschel, SM; Donohue, K; Schmitt, J, International Journal of Plant Sciences. (2002) 163 vol. (6); pp. 907-912

Reducing environmental bias when measuring natural selection, 2003
Scheiner, SM; Donohue, K; Dorn, LA; Mazer, SJ; Wolfe, LM, Evolution. (2003) 56 vol. (11); pp. 2156-2167

The effect of maternal photoperiod on seasonal dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae), 0, 2001
Munir, J; Dorn, LA; Donohue, K; Schmitt, J, American Journal of Botany. 88 vol. (7); pp. 1240-1249

The influence of maternal photoperiod on germination requirements in Arabidopsis thaliana, 2001
Munir, J; Dorn, L; Donohue, K; Schmitt, J, American Journal of Botany. (2001) 88 vol. (7); pp. 1240-1249

Adaptive divergence in plasticity in natural populations of Impatiens capensis and its consequences for performance in novel habitats, 2001
Donohue, K; Pyle, EH; Messiqua, D; Heschel, MS; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2001) 55 vol. (4); pp. 692-702

Effects of the past and the present on species distribution: Land-use history and demography of wintergreen, 0, 2000
Donohue, K; Foster, DR; Motzkin, G, Journal of Ecology. 88 vol. (2); pp. 303-316

Effects of the past and the present on species distributions: Land-use history and the demography of wintergreen, 2000
Donohue, K; Foster, DR; Motzkin, G, Journal of Ecology. (2000) 88 vol. (2); pp. 1-15

Evidence of adaptive divergence in plasticity: Density- and site-dependent selection on shade-avoidance responses in impatiens capensis, 2000
Donohue, K; Messiqua, D; Pyle, EH; Hesche, MS; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2000) 54 vol. (6); pp. 1956-1968

Density dependence and population differentiation of genetic architecture in impatiens capensis in natural environments, 2000
Donohue, K; Pyle, EH; Messiqua, D; Heschel, MS; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (2000) 54 vol. (6); pp. 1969-1981

Seed dispersal as a maternally influenced character: Mechanistic basis of maternal effects and selection on maternal characters in an annual plant, 1999
Donohue, K, American Naturalist. (1999) 154 vol. (6); pp. 674-689

The genetic architecture of plasticity to density in Impatiens capensis, 1999
Donohue, K; Schmitt, J, Evolution. (1999) 53 vol. (5); pp. 1377-1386

Effects of inbreeding on traits that influence dispersal and progeny density in Cakile edentula var. lacustris (Brassicaceae), 1997
Donohue, K, American journal of botany. (1997) 85 vol. (5); pp. 661-668

Maternal determinants of seed dispersal in Cakile edentula: Fruit, plant, and site traits, 1998
Donohue, K, Ecology. (1998) 79 vol. (8); pp. 2771-2788

Seed dispersal in Cakile edentula var. lacustris: Decoupling the fitness effects of density and distance from the home site, 1997
Donohue, K, Oecologia. (1997) 110 vol. (4); pp. 520-527

Adaptation at specific loci. VI. Divergence vs. parallelism of polymorphic allozymes in molecular function and fitness-component effects among Colias species (Lepidoptera, Pieridae), 1996
Watt, WB; Donohue, K; Carter, PA, Molecular Biology and Evolution. (1996) 13 vol. (5); pp. 699-709

The spatial demography of mistletoe parasitism on a Yemeni Acacia, 1995
Donohue, K, International Journal of Plant Sciences. (1995) 156 vol. (6); pp. 816-823

Females' choice of 'good genotypes' as mates is promoted by an insect mating system, 1985
Watt, WB; Carter, PA; Donohue, K, Science. (1985) 233 vol. (4769); pp. 1187-1190

Book Chapters:

The Genetics of Plant Dispersal in Dispersal Ecology and Evolution, 2012
Hall, J. C., and K. Donohue

Phenotypic Plasticity: Development in the Wild in The Evolution of Plant Form, 2012
K. Donohue

Plant Dispersal Phenotypes: a seed perspective of maternal habitat selection in Dispersal Ecology and Evolution, 0, 2012
Rubio de Casas, R., C. G. Willis, and K. Donohue

Darwin’s Finches: Readings in the Evolution of a Scientific Paradigm in , 2011
K. Donohue

Book Review of: "Dispersal in Plants: A Population Perspective," by Roger Cousens, Calvin Dytham, and Richard Law in , 2010.
K. Donohue, I. Olivieri

Some Evolutionary Consequences of Niche Construction with Genotype-Environment Interaction in Adaptation and Fitness in Animal Populations: Evolutionary and Breeding Perspectives on Genetic Resource Management, 2009
Donohue, K

Forest landscape patterns, structure, and composition in Forests in Time: The environmental consequences of 1000 years of change in New England, 2003
Motzkin, G., D. Foster, A. Allen, K. Donohue, and P. Wilson

A review of "Ecology of closely related plant species." Marhold, K., B. Schmid, and F. Krahulec, Opulu Press. 1999 in , 2001
K. Donohue

Maternal environmental effects: Adaptive plasticity? in In Maternal Effects as Adaptations, 1998
K. Donohue and J. Schmitt

Awards

  • 2015 President Elect, American Society of Naturalists

  • 2013 Fellow,, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

  • 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

  • 2013 Scholar, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

  • 2012 AAAS Fellowship, American Association for the Advancement of Science