John H. Willis

Professor of Biology

3314 French Science Center, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Department Of Biology, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7340
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.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1991

Willis, JH, Fishman, L, and Sweigart, A. "The ecology and genetics of Mimulus." Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 42 (January 1, 2011). Full Text

Martin, NH, and Willis, JH. "Geographical variation in postzygotic isolation and its genetic basis within and between two Mimulus species." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 365, no. 1552 (August 2010): 2469-2478. Full Text

Wu, CA, Lowry, DB, Nutter, LI, and Willis, JH. "Natural variation for drought-response traits in the Mimulus guttatus species complex." Oecologia 162, no. 1 (January 2010): 23-33. Full Text

Hall, MC, Lowry, DB, and Willis, JH. "Is local adaptation in Mimulus guttatus caused by trade-offs at individual loci?." Molecular Ecology 19, no. 13 (2010): 2739-2753. Full Text

Charlesworth, D, and Willis, JH. "The genetics of inbreeding depression." Nature Reviews. Genetics 10, no. 11 (November 2009): 783-796. (Review) Full Text

Lowry, DB, Hall, MC, Salt, DE, and Willis, JH. "Genetic and physiological basis of adaptive salt tolerance divergence between coastal and inland Mimulus guttatus." The New Phytologist 183, no. 3 (August 2009): 776-788. Full Text

Cooley, AM, and Willis, JH. "Genetic divergence causes parallel evolution of flower color in Chilean Mimulus." The New Phytologist 183, no. 3 (August 2009): 729-739. Full Text

Willis, JH. "Genetics. Origin of species in overdrive." Science 323, no. 5912 (January 16, 2009): 350-351. Full Text