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

Benedict, B. G., J. L. Modliszewski, A. L. Sweigart, N. H. Martin, F. R. Ganders, and J. H. Willis. “Mimulus sookensis (Phyrmaceae), a new allotetraploid species derived from Mimulus guttatus and Mimulus nasutus..” Madrono 59 (2012): 29–43.

Lowry, David B., Calvin C. Sheng, Jesse R. Lasky, and John H. Willis. “Five anthocyanin polymorphisms are associated with an R2R3-MYB cluster in Mimulus guttatus (Phrymaceae)..” American Journal of Botany 99, no. 1 (January 2012): 82–91. Full Text

Moran, Emily V., John Willis, and James S. Clark. “Genetic evidence for hybridization in red oaks (Quercus sect. Lobatae, Fagaceae)..” American Journal of Botany 99, no. 1 (January 2012): 92–100. Full Text

Scoville, Alison G., Young Wha Lee, John H. Willis, and John K. Kelly. “Explaining the heritability of an ecologically significant trait in terms of individual quantitative trait loci..” Biology Letters 7, no. 6 (December 2011): 896–98. Full Text

Magwene, Paul M., John H. Willis, and John K. Kelly. “The statistics of bulk segregant analysis using next generation sequencing..” Plos Comput Biol 7, no. 11 (November 2011). Full Text

Anderson, Jill T., John H. Willis, and Thomas Mitchell-Olds. “Evolutionary genetics of plant adaptation..” Trends in Genetics : Tig 27, no. 7 (July 2011): 258–66. Full Text

Cooley, Arielle M., Jennifer L. Modliszewski, Megan L. Rommel, and John H. Willis. “Gene duplication in Mimulus underlies parallel floral evolution via independent trans-regulatory changes..” Current Biology : Cb 21, no. 8 (April 7, 2011): 700–704. Full Text

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