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., The University of Chicago 1991

Aeschbacher, Simon, Jessica P. Selby, John H. Willis, and Graham Coop. “Population-genomic inference of the strength and timing of selection against gene flow.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 27 (July 2017): 7061–66. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1616755114. Full Text

Greenham, Kathleen, Ping Lou, Joshua R. Puzey, Ganesh Kumar, Cindy Arnevik, Hany Farid, John H. Willis, and C Robertson McClung. “Geographic Variation of Plant Circadian Clock Function in Natural and Agricultural Settings.Journal of Biological Rhythms 32, no. 1 (February 2017): 26–34. https://doi.org/10.1177/0748730416679307. Full Text

Fierst, J. L., D. A. Murdock, C. Thanthiriwatte, J. H. Willis, and P. C. Phillips. “Metagenomeassembled draft genome sequence of a novel microbial Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain isolated from Caenorhabditis remanei tissue.” Genome Announcements 5, no. 7 (January 1, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.01646-16. Full Text

Ferris, Kathleen G., Laryssa L. Barnett, Benjamin K. Blackman, and John H. Willis. “The genetic architecture of local adaptation and reproductive isolation in sympatry within the Mimulus guttatus species complex.Molecular Ecology 26, no. 1 (January 2017): 208–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13763. Full Text

Puzey, Joshua R., John H. Willis, and John K. Kelly. “Population structure and local selection yield high genomic variation in Mimulus guttatus.Molecular Ecology 26, no. 2 (January 2017): 519–35. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13922. Full Text

Oneal, Elen, John H. Willis, and Robert G. Franks. “Disruption of endosperm development is a major cause of hybrid seed inviability between Mimulus guttatus and Mimulus nudatus.The New Phytologist 210, no. 3 (May 2016): 1107–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.13842. Full Text

Lee, Young Wha, Lila Fishman, John K. Kelly, and John H. Willis. “A Segregating Inversion Generates Fitness Variation in Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus).Genetics 202, no. 4 (April 2016): 1473–84. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.115.183566. Full Text

Fierst, J. L., J. H. Willis, C. G. Thomas, W. Wang, R. M. Reynolds, T. E. Ahearne, A. D. Cutter, and P. C. Phillips. “Erratum to: Reproductive Mode and the Evolution of Genome Size and Structure in Caenorhabditis Nematodes (PLoS Genet, (2015), 11, 9).” Plos Genetics 11, no. 9 (September 22, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1005497. Full Text

Ferris, Kathleen G., Tullia Rushton, Anna B. Greenlee, Katherine Toll, Benjamin K. Blackman, and John H. Willis. “Leaf shape evolution has a similar genetic architecture in three edaphic specialists within the Mimulus guttatus species complex.Annals of Botany 116, no. 2 (August 2015): 213–23. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcv080. Full Text

Fierst, Janna L., John H. Willis, Cristel G. Thomas, Wei Wang, Rose M. Reynolds, Timothy E. Ahearne, Asher D. Cutter, and Patrick C. Phillips. “Reproductive Mode and the Evolution of Genome Size and Structure in Caenorhabditis Nematodes.Plos Genetics 11, no. 6 (June 26, 2015): e1005323. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1005323. Full Text

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Selected Grants

A Genomic Analysis of Complex Trait Variation in Mimulus awarded by University of Kansas (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016

LiT: Genomic Analysis of Life-history Adaptation to Variation in Seasonal Water Availability in Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The Genetics of Adaptation to a Novel Stressful Environment in Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2014

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The Genetic Basis of Local Adaptation: Serpentine Tolerance in Mimulus guttatus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The evolution of phenotypic and genomic changes in allotetraploid Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Do Parental Conflict and Genomic Imprinting Cause Hybrid Lethality in Mimulus? awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012

Discovering Genome Evolution in a Model System for Plant Ecological Genomics awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012

Ecological Genomics of Drought Adaptation in Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2011

FIBR: Integrated Ecological and Genomic Analysis of Speciation in Mimulus awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2010

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