Mark D. Rausher

John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Biology

Office: 
Room 3326 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 684-2295
We investigate the evolutionary processes that cause change at both the phenotypic and genetic levels. We have particular interests in the genetic basis of adaptation and in the evolution of metabolic pathways. Our approaches include molecular dissection of ecologically important phenotypes and characterizing patterns of selection acting on those phenotypes under natural conditions. For more information, please visit the Rausher lab web site.

Education

  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1978

  • B.A., University of Chicago 1973

Rausher, MD. "The evolution of flavonoids and their genes." In The Science of Flavonoids, 175-211. January 1, 2006. Full Text

Rausher, MD. "Natural selection and the evolution of plant-insect interactions." In Evolutionary Perspectives in Insect Chemical Ecology,edited by BD Roitberg and MB Isman, 20-88. NY: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall, 1992. (Chapter)

Rausher, MD. "The Ecology of host selection behavior in phytophagous insects." In Variable Plants and Herbivores in Natural and Managed Systems,edited by RF Denno and MS McClure, 223-257. NY: Academic press, 1983. (Chapter)

Rausher, MD. "The Ecology of host selection behavior in phytophagous insects." In Variable Plants and Herbivores in Natural and Managed Systems,edited by RF Denno and MS McClure, 223-257. NY: Academic Press, 1983. (Chapter)

Papaj, DR, and Rausher, MD. "Individual variation in host location by phytophagous insects." In Herbivore Insects: Host Seeking Behavior and Mechanisms,edited by S Ahmad, 77-124. NY: Academic Press, 1983. (Chapter)

Rausher, MD, and Papaj, DR. "Individual variation in host location by phytophagous insects." In Herbivore Insects: Host Seeking Behavior and Mechanisms,edited by S Ahmad, 77-124. NY: Academic Press, 1983. (Chapter)

Wessinger, CA, Kelly, JK, Jiang, P, Rausher, MD, and Hileman, LC. "SNP-skimming: A fast approach to map loci generating quantitative variation in natural populations." Molecular Ecology Resources (July 23, 2018). Full Text

Muñoz-Rodríguez, P, Carruthers, T, Wood, JRI, Williams, BRM, Weitemier, K, Kronmiller, B, Ellis, D, Anglin, NL, Longway, L, Harris, SA, Rausher, MD, Kelly, S, Liston, A, and Scotland, RW. "Reconciling Conflicting Phylogenies in the Origin of Sweet Potato and Dispersal to Polynesia." Current Biology : Cb 28, no. 8 (April 12, 2018): 1246-1256.e12. Full Text

Jiang, P, and Rausher, M. "Two genetic changes in cis-regulatory elements caused evolution of petal spot position in Clarkia." Nature Plants 4, no. 1 (January 2018): 14-22. Full Text

Kramer, EM, Kong, H, and Rausher, MD. "Plant evolutionary developmental biology. Introduction to a special issue." The New phytologist 216, no. 2 (October 2017): 335-336. Full Text

Martins, TR, Jiang, P, and Rausher, MD. "How petals change their spots: cis-regulatory re-wiring in Clarkia (Onagraceae)." The New phytologist 216, no. 2 (October 2017): 510-518. Full Text

Rausher, MD. "Selfing, Local Mate Competition, and Reinforcement." The American naturalist 189, no. 2 (February 2017): 87-104. Full Text

Wise, MJ, and Rausher, MD. "Costs of resistance and correlational selection in the multiple-herbivore community of Solanum carolinense." Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 70, no. 10 (October 2016): 2411-2420. Full Text

"Correction for Chappell and Rausher, Evolution of host range in Coleosporium ipomoeae , a plant pathogen with multiple hosts." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 28 (July 12, 2016): E4118-E4118. Full Text

Wessinger, CA, Freeman, CC, Mort, ME, Rausher, MD, and Hileman, LC. "Multiplexed shotgun genotyping resolves species relationships within the North American genus Penstemon." American journal of botany 103, no. 5 (May 10, 2016): 912-922. Full Text

Chappell, TM, and Rausher, MD. "Evolution of host range in Coleosporium ipomoeae, a plant pathogen with multiple hosts." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113, no. 19 (May 2016): 5346-5351. Full Text

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Selected Grants

Collaborative Proposal:Dimensions: The Evolution of Pollination Syndrome Diversity in Penstemon awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Genetics and Development of Parallel Pollination System Evolution in Penstemon awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: How is the Selfing Syndrome Assembled? A Common Garden Fitness Study of its Component Parts awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Genetics and Evolution of Reproductive Character Displacement in Phlox drumondii awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2016

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Genetic Architecture of Resistance in a Coevolving Plant-Fungus Pathosystem awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2012

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Genetic basis of parallel flower color shifts in Penstemon awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012

DISSERTATION RESEACH: An investigation of pleiotropy as an adaptive constraint using flower color change in Phlox awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2011

Evolutionary genetics of flower color in lochroma (Solanaceae) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010

Genetic Change Associated with Flower-color Adaptation in Morning Glories awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009

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