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

Willis, J. H., J. A. Coyne, and M. Kirkpatrick. “Can one predict the evolution of quantitative traits without genetics?Evolution 45 (1991): 441–44.

Bergelson, J. M., J. H. Willis, and P. E. Robakiewicz. “Variance in search time: Do groups always reduce risk?Animal Behaviour 34, no. PART 1 (January 1, 1986): 289–91. Full Text