John H. Willis

Professor of Biology

Office: 
3314 French Science Center, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Department of Biology, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(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.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1991

Flagel, Lex E., John H. Willis, and Todd J. Vision. “The standing pool of genomic structural variation in a natural population of Mimulus guttatus..” Genome Biology and Evolution 6, no. 1 (January 2014): 53–64. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evt199. Full Text

Hellsten, Uffe, Kevin M. Wright, Jerry Jenkins, Shengqiang Shu, Yaowu Yuan, Susan R. Wessler, Jeremy Schmutz, John H. Willis, and Daniel S. Rokhsar. “Fine-scale variation in meiotic recombination in Mimulus inferred from population shotgun sequencing..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110, no. 48 (November 13, 2013): 19478–82. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1319032110. Full Text

Wright, Kevin M., Deborah Lloyd, David B. Lowry, Mark R. Macnair, and John H. Willis. “Indirect evolution of hybrid lethality due to linkage with selected locus in Mimulus guttatus..” Plos Biology 11, no. 2 (January 2013). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001497. Full Text

Sweigart, A. L., and J. H. Willis. “Molecular evolution and genetics of postzygotic reproductive isolation in plants.” F1000 Biology Reports 4, no. 1 (December 3, 2012). https://doi.org/10.3410/B4-23. Full Text

Modliszewski, Jennifer L., and John H. Willis. “Allotetraploid Mimulus sookensis are highly interfertile despite independent origins..” Molecular Ecology 21, no. 21 (November 2012): 5280–98. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294x.2012.05706.x. Full Text

Mojica, Julius P., Young Wha Lee, John H. Willis, and John K. Kelly. “Spatially and temporally varying selection on intrapopulation quantitative trait loci for a life history trade-off in Mimulus guttatus..” Molecular Ecology 21, no. 15 (August 2012): 3718–28. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05662.x. Full Text

Strasburg, Jared L., Natasha A. Sherman, Kevin M. Wright, Leonie C. Moyle, John H. Willis, and Loren H. Rieseberg. “What can patterns of differentiation across plant genomes tell us about adaptation and speciation?.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 367, no. 1587 (February 2012): 364–73. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0199. Full Text

Lowry, David B., Calvin C. Sheng, Zhirui Zhu, Thomas E. Juenger, Brett Lahner, David E. Salt, and John H. Willis. “Mapping of ionomic traits in Mimulus guttatus reveals Mo and Cd QTLs that colocalize with MOT1 homologues..” Plos One 7, no. 1 (January 24, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0030730. Full Text

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Selected Grants

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Genetics and evolutionary ecology of a flower color diversification in Chilean Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Identification and characterization of incompatibility genes that contribute to postzygotic repro awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2006

REU (Supplement): A genome-wide investigation of factors causing postzygotic isolation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2004

A genome-wide investigation of factors causing postzygotic isolation between two Mimulus species awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2004

Dissertation Research: Ecological genetics of life-history evolution in Mimulus guttatus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2003

Doctoral Dissertation: Barriers to genetic exchange between two species of Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2002

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