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., The University of Chicago 1991

Schultz, S. T., M. Lynch, and J. H. Willis. “The genomic mutation rate for fitness in Arabidopsis thaliana.” Procedings of the National Academy of Science, Usa 96 (1999): 11393–98.

Lynch, M., J. Blanchard, D. Houle, T. Kibota, S. Schultz, L. Vassilieva, and J. H. Willis. “Spontaneous deleterious mutation.” Evolution 53 (1999): 645–63.

Kelly, A. J., and J. H. Willis. “Polymorphic microsatellite loci in Mimulus guttatus and related species.” Molecular Ecology 7, no. 6 (January 1, 1998): 769–74. Full Text

Schultz, S. T., and J. H. Willis. “Individual variation in inbreeding depression: the roles of inbreeding history and mutation.Genetics 141, no. 3 (November 1995): 1209–23.

Gimelfarb, A., and J. H. Willis. “Linearity Versus nonlinearity of offspring-parent regression: an experimental study of Drosophila melanogaster.Genetics 138, no. 2 (October 1994): 343–52.

Gimelfarb, A., and J. H. Willis. “Linearity vs. nonlinearity of offspring-parent regression: experimental study.Genetics 138 (1994): 343–52.

Willis, J. H., and H. A. Orr. “Increased heritable variation following population bottlenecks: The role of dominance.Evolution 47 (1993): 949–57.