Mohamed A. F. Noor

Professor of Biology

Campus Box: 
(919) 613-8156

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Research Interests: 

One of the greatest unsolved questions in biology is how continuous processes of evolutionary change produce the discontinuous groups known as species. For a many years, my team studied hybrid sterility and behavioral mate preferences using classical, QTL-based, or molecular genetic approaches on Drosophila species as model organisms. More recently, the availability of multiple whole-genome sequences (some public but especially those we have obtained ourselves) has dramatically enhanced the scope of progress we make. A major question we've sought to address has been determining the genetic features and evolutionary processes that allow hybridizing species to persist, with particular interest in recombination and chromosomal inversions. In addition to questions in speciation, we are broadly interested in molecular evolution within species, again with a particular focus on the effects of recombination. See my lab web page for more information.

Research in my laboratory strives to understand what genetic changes contribute to the formation of new species, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. I've been fascinated at how often genetic recombination plays a major role in any evolutionary genetic question I seek to pursue, so understanding its causes and effects has become a thread uniting the dissertations of most people in the laboratory. Our approaches combine classical genetic, molecular genetic, and genomic/ bioinformatic analyses, along with occasional forays into areas like animal behavior (in relation to speciation). I am also very interested in helping develop educational activities (K-12 or college) in genetics and evolution. See my lab webpage for more detailed information:


  • Ph.D. 1996, University of Chicago

  • B.S. 1992, College of William and Mary

Papers Published

Variation in Recombination Rate: Adaptive or Not?, 3, 2017
Ritz, KR; Noor, MAF; Singh, ND, Trends in Genetics.

Gene conversion and linkage: effects on genome evolution and speciation., 1, 2017
Korunes, KL; Noor, MAF, Molecular Ecology. 26 vol. (1); pp. 351-364

In memoriam: Richard G. Harrison - his life and legacy., 6, 2016
Howard, DJ; Grosberg, RK; Noor, MAF; Normark, BB; Rand, DM; Shaw, KL; Willett, CS, Molecular Ecology. 25 vol. (11); pp. 2333-2336

A Balanced Data Archiving Policy for Long-Term Studies., 2, 2016
Whitlock, MC; Bronstein, JL; Bruna, EM; Ellison, AM; Fox, CW; McPeek, MA; Moore, AJ; Noor, MAF; Rausher, MD; Rieseberg, LH; Ritchie, MG; Shaw, RG, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 31 vol. (2); pp. 84-85

Mistaken Identity: Another Bias in the Use of Relative Genetic Divergence Measures for Detecting Interspecies Introgression., 1, 2016
Ritz, KR; Noor, MAF, PloS one. 11 vol. (10); pp. e0165032

Temporal Stability of Molecular Diversity Measures in Natural Populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura and Drosophila persimilis., 7, 2015
Gredler, JN; Hish, AJ; Noor, MA, Journal of Heredity. 106 vol. (4); pp. 407-411

Recombining without Hotspots: A Comprehensive Evolutionary Portrait of Recombination in Two Closely Related Species of Drosophila., 10, 2015
Smukowski Heil, CS; Ellison, C; Dubin, M; Noor, MAF, Genome Biology and Evolution. 7 vol. (10); pp. 2829-2842

How Big Is Your Y? A Genome-Sequence Based Estimate of the Size of the Male-Specific Region in Megaselia scalaris, 1, 2015
Hoehn, KB; Noor, MAF, G3 (Bethesda, Md.). 5 vol. (1); pp. 45-48

Genetics and evolution: an iOS application to supplement introductory courses in transmission and evolutionary genetics., 5, 2014
Myers, RB; Millman, B; Noor, MAF, G3. 4 vol. (5); pp. 779-781

The 2013 Novitski Prize Jonathan Pritchard, 5, 2013
Noor, MAF, Genetics. 194 vol. (1); pp. 15-17

Studying recombination with high-throughput sequencing: An educational primer for use with "fine-scale heterogeneity in crossover rate in the garnet-scalloped region of the drosophila melanogaster X chromosome", 0, 2013
Heil, CSS; Noor, MAF, Genetics. 194 vol. (2); pp. 335-339

Hybrid sterility, 0, 2013
S McDermott, MAF Noor, pp. 579-581

Finding Selection in All the Right Places: A College Genetics Laboratory Inquiry-Based Learning Exercise, 0, 2013
Noor, JKF; Noor, MAF, Genetics Society of America Education Resources. 2_7_13

How Hot Are Drosophila Hotspots? Examining Recombination Rate Variation and Associations with Nucleotide Diversity, Divergence, and Maternal Age in Drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2013
Manzano-Winkler, B; McGaugh, SE; Noor, MAF, PLoS One. 8 vol. (8); pp. e71582

Witnessing Evolution First-hand: A K-12 Laboratory Exercise in Genetics and Evolution Using Drosophila, 2013
Heil, CSS; Manzano Winkler, B; Hunter, MJ; Noor, JKF; Noor, MAF, American Biology Teacher. (2013) 75 pp. 116-119

Genomic impacts of chromosomal inversions in parapatric Drosophila species., 2, 2012
McGaugh, SE; Noor, MAF, Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 367 vol. (1587); pp. 422-429

Witnessing phenotypic and molecular evolution in the fruit fly, September, 2012
Heil, CSS; Hunter, MJ; Noor, JKF; Miglia, K; Manzano Winkler, B; McDermott, SR; Noor, MAF, Evolution: Education and Outreach. (September, 2012) 5 pp. 629-634

Recombination modulates how selection affects linked sites in Drosophila., 1, 2012
McGaugh, SE; Heil, CSS; Manzano-Winkler, B; Loewe, L; Goldstein, S; Himmel, TL; Noor, MAF, PLoS Biol. 10 vol. (11); pp. e1001422

Mentor vs. Monolith, 0, 2012
Noor, MAF; Heil, CSS, American scientist. 100 vol. (6); pp. 451-453

What do we need to know about speciation?, 2012
Butlin, R; Debelle, A; Kerth, C; Snook, RR; Beukeboom, LW; Cajas, RFC; Diao, W; Maan, ME; Paolucci, S; Weissing, FJ; Zande, LVD; Hoikkala, A; Geuverink, E; Jennings, J; Kankare, M; Knott, KE; Tyukmaeva, VI; Zoumadakis, C; Ritchie, MG; Barker, D; Immonen, E; Kirkpatrick, M; Noor, M; Garcia, MC; Schmitt, T; Schilthuizen, M, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. (2012) 27 vol. (1); pp. 27-39

Erratum to: Effects of Premature Termination Codon Polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura Subclade, 0, 2012
Hoehn, KB; McGaugh, SE; Noor, MAF, Journal of Molecular Evolution. pp. 1-

Geographic selection in the small heat shock gene complex differentiating populations of drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2012
Graham, AM; Merrill, JD; McGaugh, SE; Noor, MAF, J Hered. 103 vol. (3); pp. 400-407

Zinc Finger Binding Motifs Do Not Explain Recombination Rate Variation within or between Species of Drosophila, September, 2012
Heil, CSS; Noor, MAF, PLoS One. (September, 2012) 7 vol. (9); pp. e45055

Mapping of within-species segregation distortion in Drosophila persimilis and hybrid sterility between D. persimilis and D. pseudoobscura, 0, 2012
McDermott, SR; Noor, MAF, J Evol Biol. 25 vol. (10); pp. 2023-2032

Effects of premature termination codon polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura subclade, 0, 2012
Hoehn, KB; McGaugh, SE; Noor, MAF, J Mol Evol. 75 vol. (3-4); pp. 141-150

Genetics of hybrid male sterility among strains and species in the drosophila pseudoobscura species group, 0, 2011
Mcdermott, SR; Noor, MAF, Evolution. 65 vol. (7); pp. 1969-1978

Effects of inversions on within- and between-species recombination and divergence, August, 2011
Stevison, LS; Hoehn, KB; Noor, MAF, Genome Biol Evol. (August, 2011) 3 vol. (1); pp. 830-841

Recombination rate variation in closely related species, 0, 2011
Smukowski, CS; Noor, MAF, Heredity. 107 vol. (6); pp. 496-508

Erratum: Islands of speciation or mirages in the desert? Examining the role of restricted recombination in maintaining species (Heredity (2010) 103 (434-444) DOI: 10.1038/hdy2009.151), 0, 2010
Noor, MAF; Bennett, SM, Heredity. 104 vol. (4); pp. 418-

Epistasis modifies the dominance of loci causing hybrid male sterility in the drosophila pseudoobscura species group, 0, 2010
Chang, AS; Noor, MAF, Evolution. 64 vol. (1); pp. 253-260

Genomics: Lessons in complexity from yeast, 0, 2010
Goldstein, DB; Noor, MAF, Nature. 464 vol. (7291); pp. 985-986

The role of meiotic drive in hybrid male sterility, 0, 2010
McDermott, SR; Noor, MAF, Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 365 vol. (1544); pp. 1265-1272

Slip-sliding away: Serial changes and homoplasy in repeat number in the Drosophila yakuba homolog of human cancer susceptibility gene BRCA2, June, 2010
Bennett, SM; Mercer, JM; Noor, MAF, PLoS One. (June, 2010) 5 vol. (6); pp. e11006

The scuttle fly, 0, 2010
Varney, RL; Noor, MAF, Curr Biol. 20 vol. (11); pp. R466-R467

Translocation of Y-linked genes to the dot chromosome in drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2010
Larracuente, AM; Noor, MAF; Clark, AG, Mol Biol Evol. 27 vol. (7); pp. 1612-1620

Epistasis among Drosophila persimilisfactors conferring hybrid male sterility with D. pseudoobscura bogotana, October, 2010
Chang, AS; Bennett, SM; Noor, MAF, PLoS One. (October, 2010) 5 vol. (10); pp. e15377

Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis. III. Life-history divergence in allopatry and reproductive isolation, 0, 2010
Etges, WJ; Oliveira, CCD; Noor, MAF; Ritchie, MG, Evolution. 64 vol. (12); pp. 3549-3569

Genetic and evolutionary correlates of fine-scale recombination rate variation in drosophila persimilis, 0, 2010
Stevison, LS; Noor, MAF, J Mol Evol. 71 vol. (5-6); pp. 332-345

Sequence signatures of a recent chromosomal rearrangement in Drosophila mojavensis, January, 2009
Runcie, DE; Noor, MAF, Genetica. (January, 2009) 136 vol. (1); pp. 5-11

Genetics of incipient speciation in drosophila mojavensis: II. host plants and mating status influence cuticular hydrocarbon qtl expression and g × e interactions, 0, 2009
Etges, WJ; Oliveira, CCD; Ritchie, MG; Noor, MAF, Evolution. 63 vol. (7); pp. 1712-1730

The genomics of speciation in Drosophila: Diversity, divergence, and introgression estimated using low-coverage genome sequencing, 0, 2009
Kulathinal, RJ; Stevison, LS; Noor, MAF, PLoS genetics. 5 vol. (7); pp. e1000550

What can you do with 0.1× genome coverage? A case study based on a genome survey of the scuttle fly Megaselia scalaris (Phoridae), August, 2009
Rasmussen, DA; Noor, MAF, BMC Genomics. (August, 2009) 10 pp. 382

Large introns in relation to alternative splicing and gene evolution: A case study of Drosophila bruno-3, October, 2009
Kandul, NP; Noor, MAF, BMC Genetics. (October, 2009) 10 pp. 67-

Molecular evolution of a Drosophila homolog of human BRCA2, 0, 2009
Bennett, SM; Noor, MAF, Genetica. 137 vol. (2); pp. 213-219

Islands of speciation or mirages in the desert Examining the role of restricted recombination in maintaining species, 0, 2009
Noor, MAF; Bennett, SM, Heredity. 103 vol. (6); pp. 439-444

Mutagenesis from meiotic recombination is not a primary driver of sequence divergence between Saccharomyces species, 0, 2008
Noor, MAF, Molecular Biology and Evolution. 25 vol. (11); pp. 2439-2444

Polymorphic microsatellite loci for Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), 2008
Forbes, AA; Powell, THQ; Lobo, NF; Noor, MAF; Feder, JL, Molecular Ecology Resources. (2008) 8 vol. (2); pp. 373-376

Failure to replicate two mate preference QTLs across multiple strains of Drosophila pseudoobscura, 2008
Barnwell, CV; Noor, MAF, Journal of Heredity. (2008) 99 vol. (6); pp. 653-656

Polytene chromosomal maps of 11 drosophila species: The order of genomic scaffolds inferred from genetic and physical maps, 0, 2008
Schaeffer, SW; Bhutkar, A; McAllister, BF; Matsuda, M; Matzkin, LM; O'Grady, PM; Rohde, C; Valente, VLS; Aguadé, M; Anderson, WW; Edwards, K; Garcia, ACL; Goodman, J; Hartigan, J; Kataoka, E; Lapoint, RT; Lozovsky, ER; Machado, CA; Noor, MAF; Papaceit, M; Reed, LK; Richards, S; Rieger, TT; Russo, SM; Sato, H; Segarra, C; Smith, DR; Smith, TF; Strelets, V; Tobari, YN; Tomimura, Y; Wasserman, M; Watts, T; Wilson, R; Yoshida, K; Markow, TA; Gelbart, WM; Kaufman, TC, Genetics. 179 vol. (3); pp. 1601-1655

Fine-scale mapping of recombination rate in Drosophila refines its correlation to diversity and divergence, 0, 2008
Kulathinal, RJ; Bennett, SM; Fitzpatrick, CL; Noor, MAF, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 105 vol. (29); pp. 10051-10056

Gene expression disruptions of organism versus organ in Drosophila species hybirds, August, 2008
Catron, DJ; Noor, MAF, PloS one. (August, 2008) 3 vol. (8); pp. e3009

Connecting recombination, nucleotide diversity and species divergence in Drosophila, 0, 2008
Noor, MAF, Fly. 2 vol. (5); pp. 255-256

A reversible color polyphenism in american peppered moth (Biston betularia cognataria) caterpillars, September, 2008
Noor, MAF; Parnell, RS; Grant, BS, PloS one. (September, 2008) 3 vol. (9); pp. e3142

Evolution of genes and genomes on the Drosophila phylogeny., 11, 2007
Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium, ; Clark, AG; Eisen, MB; Smith, DR; Bergman, CM; Oliver, B; Markow, TA; Kaufman, TC; Kellis, M; Gelbart, W; Iyer, VN; Pollard, DA; Sackton, TB; Larracuente, AM; Singh, ND; Abad, JP; Abt, DN; Adryan, B; Aguade, M; Akashi, H; Anderson, WW; Aquadro, CF; Ardell, DH; Arguello, R; Artieri, CG; Barbash, DA; Barker, D; Barsanti, P; Batterham, P; Batzoglou, S; Begun, D; Bhutkar, A; Blanco, E; Bosak, SA; Bradley, RK; Brand, AD; Brent, MR; Brooks, AN; Brown, RH; Butlin, RK et al., Nature. 450 vol. (7167); pp. 203-218

Localization and characterization of X chromosome inversion breakpoints separating Drosophila mojavensis and Drosophila arizonae, 0, 2007
Cirulli, ET; Noor, MAF, Journal of Heredity. 98 vol. (2); pp. 111-114

Gene expression divergence and the origin of hybrid dysfunctions, 0, 2007
Ortíz-Barrientos, D; Counterman, BA; Noor, MAF, Genetica. 129 vol. (1); pp. 71-81

Genome-wide patterns of expression in Drosophila pure species and hybrid males. II. Examination of multiple-species hybridizations, platforms, and life cycle stages, 0, 2007
Moehring, AJ; Teeter, KC; Noor, MAF, Molecular Biology and Evolution. 24 vol. (1); pp. 137-145

Fine-scale crossover rate heterogeneity in Drosophila pseudoobscura, January, 2007
Cirulli, ET; Kliman, RM; Noor, MAF, Journal of Molecular Evolution. (January, 2007) 64 vol. (1); pp. 129-135

Evaluation of the genomic extent of effects of fixed inversion differences on intraspecific variation and interspecific gene flow in Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 2007
Machado, CA; Haselkorn, TS; Noor, MAF, Genetics. (2007) 175 vol. (3); pp. 1289-1306

Immobilized molecular beacons: A new strategy using UV-activated poly(methyl methacrylate) surfaces to provide large fluorescence sensitivities for reporting on molecular association events, 2007
Situma, C; Moehring, AJ; Noor, MAF; Soper, SA, Analytical Biochemistry. (2007) 363 vol. (1); pp. 35-45

Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis. I. Male courtship song, mating success, and genotype X environment interactions, 0, 2007
Etges, WJ; Oliveira, CCD; Gragg, E; Ortíz-Barrientos, D; Noor, MAF; Ritchie, MG, Evolution. 61 vol. (5); pp. 1106-1119

The genetics of hybrid male sterility between the allopatric species pair Drosophila persimilis and D. pseudoobscura bogotana: Dominant sterility alleles in collinear autosomal regions, 0, 2007
Chang, AS; Noor, MAF, Genetics. 176 vol. (1); pp. 343-349

Divergence between the Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis genome sequences in relation to chromosomal inversions, 0, 2007
Noor, MAF; Garfield, DA; Schaeffer, SW; Machado, CA, Genetics. 177 vol. (3); pp. 1417-1428

Speciation in the new millennium: What's left to know?, 2006
Noor, MAF; Coyne, JA, Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution. (2006) 52 vol. (3-4); pp. 431-441

No evidence for learned mating discrimination in male Drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2006
Kandul, NP; Wright, KM; Kandul, EV; Noor, MAF, BMC Evolutionary Biology. 6 pp. 54

New microsatellite loci for the European bushcricket, Ephippiger ephippiger (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae), 0, 2006
Hamill, RM; Noor, MAF; Watson, ET; Ritchie, MG, Molecular Ecology Notes. 6 vol. (2); pp. 340-342

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the apple maggot fly Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae), 0, 2006
Velez, S; Taylor, MS; Noor, MAF; Lobo, NF; Feder, JL, Molecular Ecology Notes. 6 vol. (1); pp. 90-92

A recombinational portrait of the Drosophila pseudoobscura genome, 0, 2006
Ortiz-Barrientos, D; Chang, AS; Noor, MAF, Genetical Research. 87 vol. (1); pp. 23-31

Simulating natural conditions in the laboratory: A re-examination of sexual isolation between sympatric and allopatric populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 0, 2006
Noor, MAF; Ortíz-Barrientos, D, Behavior Genetics. 36 vol. (2); pp. 322-327

Data sharing: How much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?, 0, 2006
Noor, MAF; Zimmerman, KJ; Teeter, KC, PLoS biology. 4 vol. (7); pp. 1113-1114

Gene transposition as a cause of hybrid sterility in Drosophila, 0, 2006
Masly, JP; Jones, CD; Noor, MAF; Locke, J; Orr, HA, Science. 313 vol. (5792); pp. 1448-1450

Evolutionary Genetics: Jumping into a New Species, 0, 2006
Noor, MAF; Chang, AS, Current Biology. 16 vol. (20); pp. R890-R892

Multilocus test for introgression between the cactophilic species Drosophila mojavensis and Drosophila arizonae, 0, 2006
Counterman, BA; Noor, MAF, American Naturalist. 168 vol. (5); pp. 682-696

Speciation genetics: Evolving approaches, 0, 2006
Noor, MAF; Feder, JL, Nature Reviews Genetics. 7 vol. (11); pp. 851-861

Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus, December 2, 2005
Ortiz Barrientos, D; Noor, MAF, Science. (December 2, 2005) 310 vol. (3753); pp. 1467

Likelihoods from summary statistics: recent divergence between species., 11, 2005
Leman, SC; Chen, Y; Stajich, JE; Noor, MAF; Uyenoyama, MK, Genetics. 171 vol. (3); pp. 1419-1436

A Kingpin of academic inclusive fitness: The history and contributions of Bruce Grant, 0, 2005
Noor, MAF; Johnson, NA, Genetics. 171 vol. (3); pp. 867-871

Comparative genome sequencing of Drosophila pseudoobscura: Chromosomal, gene, and cis-element evolution, 0, 2005
Richards, S; Liu, Y; Bettencourt, BR; Hradecky, P; Letovsky, S; Nielsen, R; Thornton, K; Hubisz, MJ; Chen, R; Meisel, RP; Couronne, O; Hua, S; Smith, MA; Zhang, P; Liu, J; Bussemaker, HJ; Batenburg, MFV; Howells, SL; Scherer, SE; Sodergreen, E; Matthews, BB; Crosby, MA; Schroeder, AJ; Ortiz-Barrientos, D; Rives, CM; Metzker, ML; Muzny, DM; Scott, G; Steffen, D; Wheeler, DA; Worley, KC; Havlak, P; Durbin, KJ; Egan, A; Gill, R; Hume, J; Morgan, MB; Miner, G; Hamilton, C; Huang, Y; Waldron, L et al., Genome research. 15 vol. (1); pp. 1-18

Patterns of evolution of genes disrupted in expression in Drosophila species hybrids, 0, 2005
Noor, MAF, Genetical Research. 85 vol. (2); pp. 119-125

Evolution: Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus, 0, 2005
Ortíz-Barrientos, D; Noor, MAF, Science. 310 vol. (5753); pp. 1467-

Gene replacement and the genetics of speciation, 0, 2004
Ritchie, MG; Noor, MAF, Heredity. 93 vol. (1); pp. 1-2

Evolutionary genetics: gene replacement and the genetics of speciation., 0, 2004
Ritchie, MG; Noor, MA, Heredity. 93 vol. (1); pp. 1-2

Molecular Evolution of X-linked Accessory Gland Proteins in Drosophila pseudoobscura, 2004
Stevison, LS; Counterman, BA; Noor, MAF, Journal of Heredity. (2004) 95 vol. (2); pp. 114-118

Using comparative genomic data to test for fast-X evolution, 0, 2004
Counterman, BA; Ortíz-Barrientos, D; Noor, MAF, Evolution. 58 vol. (3); pp. 656-660

A microsatellite linkage map of Drosophila mojavensis., 0, 2004
Staten, R; Schully, SD; Noor, MAF, BMC Genetics. 5 pp. 12

Association of misexpression with sterility in hybrids of Drosophila simulans and D. mauritiana, 0, 2004
Michalak, P; Noor, MAF, Journal of Molecular Evolution. 59 vol. (2); pp. 277-282

A test of the chromosomal rearrangement model of speciation in Drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2004
Brown, KM; Burk, LM; Henagan, LM; Noor, MAF, Evolution. 58 vol. (8); pp. 1856-1860

Variation in recombination rate may bias human genetic disease mapping studies, 0, 2004
Boyle, AS; Noor, MAF, Genetica. 122 vol. (3); pp. 245-252

The genetics of speciation by reinforcement, 0, 2004
Ortiz-Barrientos, D; Counterman, BA; Noor, MAF, PLoS Biology. 2 vol. (12); pp. e416

Variability on the dot chromosome in the Drosophila simulans clade, 0, 2003
Noor, MAF; Kliman, RM, Genetica. 118 vol. (1); pp. 51-58

The Role Of Reinforcement in Speciation: Theory and Data, 0, 2003
Servedio, MR; Noor, MAF, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 34 pp. 339-364

The evolution of conspecific sperm precedence in Drosophila, 0, 2003
Dixon, SM; Coyne, JA; Noor, MAF, Molecular Ecology. 12 vol. (5); pp. 1179-1184

Genes to make new species, 0, 2003
Noor, MAF, Nature. 423 vol. (6941); pp. 699-700

Genome-wide patterns of expression in Drosophila pure species and hybrid males, 2003
Michalak, P; Noor, MAF, Molecular Biology and Evolution. (2003) 20 vol. (7); pp. 1070-1076

Characterization of a Male-Predominant Antisense Transcript Underexpressed in Hybrids of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 2003
Noor, MAF; Michalak, P; Donze, D, Genetics. (2003) 165 vol. (4); pp. 1823-1830

Special issue - Genetics of mate choice: From sexual selection to sexual isolation - Preface, 11, 2002
Etges, WJ; Noor, MAF, Genetica. 116 vol. (2-3); pp. VII-ix

Microsatellite loci for great white herons and great blue herons (Aves, Ardeidae, Ardea herodias), 0, 2002
McGuire, HL; Noor, MAF, Molecular Ecology Notes. 2 vol. (2); pp. 170-172

Comparative genetic structure between tropical Colombian and North American Drosophila pseudoobscura populations, 0, 2002
Alvarez, D; Noor, MAF; Ruiz-Garcia, M, Biotropica. 34 vol. (1); pp. 81-92

Is the biological species concept showing its age?, 0, 2002
Noor, MAF, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 17 vol. (4); pp. 153-154

Population genetics of a polyploid: Is there hybridization between lineages of Hyla versicolor?, 0, 2002
Espinoza, NR; Noor, MAF, Journal of Heredity. 93 vol. (2); pp. 81-85

Little qualitative RNA misexpression in sterile male F<sub>1</sub> hybrids of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 0, 2002
Reiland, J; Noor, MAF, BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2

Strong founder effect in Drosophila pseudoobscura colonizing New Zealand from North America, 0, 2002
Reiland, J; Hodge, S; Noor, MAF, Journal of Heredity. 93 vol. (6); pp. 415-420

Recombination and the divergence of hybridizing species, 0, 2002
Ortíz-Barrientos, D; Reiland, J; Hey, J; Noor, MAF, Genetica. 116 vol. (2-3); pp. 167-178

Courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis. II. Genetics of species differences, 0, 2001
Williams, MA; Blouin, AG; Noor, MAF, Heredity. 86 vol. (1); pp. 68-77

The genetics of reproductive isolation and the potential for gene exchange between Drosophila Pseudoobscura and D. Persimilis via backcross hybrid males, 0, 2001
Noor, MAF; Grams, KL; Bertucci, LA; Almendarez, Y; Reiland, J; Smith, KR, Evolution. 55 vol. (3); pp. 512-521

Consequences of recombination rate variation on quantitative trait locus mapping studies: Simulations based on the Drosophila melanogaster genome, 0, 2001
Noor, MAF; Cunningham, AL; Larkin, JC, Genetics. 159 vol. (2); pp. 581-588

Differences in (G + C) content between species: A commentary on Forsdyke's "chromosomal viewpoint" of speciation, 0, 2001
Kliman, RM; Rogers, BT; Noor, MAF, Journal of Theoretical Biology. 209 vol. (2); pp. 131-140

Evolutionary history of microsatellites in the obscura group of Drosophila, 0, 2001
Noor, MAF; Kliman, RM; Machado, CA, Molecular Biology and Evolution. 18 vol. (4); pp. 551-556

Chromosomal inversions and the reproductive isolation of species, 2001
Noor, MAF; Gratos, KL; Bertucci, LA; Reiland, J, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. (2001) 98 vol. (21); pp. 12084-12088

On the evolution of female mating preferences as pleiotropic byproducts of adaptive evolution, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF, Adaptive Behaviour. 8 vol. (1); pp. 3-12

Effects of genetic dominance on runaway sexual selection, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF, Adaptive Behaviour. 8 vol. (3-4); pp. 255-266

A re-evaluation of 12S ribosomal RNA variability in Drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Larkin, JC, Molecular Biology and Evolution. 17 vol. (6); pp. 938-941

Gene flow between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Johnson, NA; Hey, J, Evolution. 54 vol. (6); pp. 2174-2175

Lack of evolutionary divergence in courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura subspecies, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Williams, MA; Alvarez, D; Ruiz-García, M, Journal of Insect Behavior. 13 vol. (2); pp. 255-262

Microsatellite variation in populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura and Drosophila persimilis, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Schug, MD; Aquadro, CF, Genetical Research. 75 vol. (1); pp. 25-35

Recombination, statistical power, and genetic studies of sexual isolation in Drosophila, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Smith, KR, Journal of Heredity. 91 vol. (2); pp. 99-103

Genetic variation in the spread of Drosophila subobscura from a nonequilibrium population, 0, 2000
Noor, MAF; Pascual, M; Smith, KR, Evolution. 54 vol. (2); pp. 696-703

High frequency of microsatellites in Drosophila pseudoobscura, 0, 2000
Warner, RD; Noor, MAF, Genes and Genetic Systems. 75 vol. (2); pp. 115-118

Reinforcement and other consequences of sympatry, 0, 1999
Noor, MAF, Heredity. 83 vol. (5); pp. 503-508

Courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis: analysis of variation., 7, 1998
Noor, MAF; Aquadro, CF, Animal Behaviour. 56 vol. (1); pp. 115-125

Mutation and evolution of microsatellites in Drosophila melanogaster, 0, 1998
Schug, MD; Hutter, CM; Noor, MAF; Aquadro, CF, Genetica. 102-103 pp. 359-367

Diurnal activity patterns of Drosophila subobscura and D. pseudoobscura in sympatric populations, 0, 1998
Noor, MAF, American Midland Naturalist. 140 vol. (1); pp. 34-41

How often does sympatry affect sexual isolation in Drosophila?, 0, 1997
Noor, MAF, American Naturalist. 149 vol. (6); pp. 1156-1163

Genetics of sexual isolation and courtship dysfunction in male hybrids of Drosophila pseudoobscura and Drosophila persimilis, 0, 1997
Noor, MAF, Evolution. 51 vol. (3); pp. 809-815

Environmental effects on male courtship intensity in Drosophila pseudoobscura (Diptera: Drosophilidae), 0, 1997
Noor, MAF, Journal of Insect Behavior. 10 vol. (2); pp. 305-312

Speciation by reinforcement: A model derived from studies of Drosophila, 0, 1996
Kelly, JK; Noor, MAF, Genetics. 143 vol. (3); pp. 1485-1497

Genetics of a difference in cuticular hydrocarbons between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, 0, 1996
Noor, MAF; Coyne, JA, Genetical Research. 68 vol. (2); pp. 117-123

Absence of species discrimination in Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis males, 0, 1996
Noor, MAF, Animal Behaviour. 52 vol. (6); pp. 1205-1210

Long-term changes in obscura group Drosophila species composition at Mather, California, 0, 1995
Noor, MA, Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 71 vol. (1); pp. 71-

Reinforcement in speciation, 0, 1995
Noor, MA, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 10 vol. (12); pp. 492-

Speciation driven by natural selection in Drosophila, 0, 1995
Noor, MA, Nature. 375 vol. (6533); pp. 674-675

Book Chapters:

You're Hired! Now What? in , 1, 2012
Noor, MAF

Genetics of reproductive isolation and species differences in model organisms in Evolutionary Genetics: Concepts and Case Studies, 0, 2006
P. Michalak, and M. A. F. Noor


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