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

Lowry, David B., Megan C. Hall, David E. Salt, and John H. Willis. “Genetic and physiological basis of adaptive salt tolerance divergence between coastal and inland Mimulus guttatus.The New Phytologist 183, no. 3 (August 2009): 776–88. Full Text

Cooley, Arielle M., and John H. Willis. “Genetic divergence causes parallel evolution of flower color in Chilean Mimulus.The New Phytologist 183, no. 3 (August 2009): 729–39. Full Text

Willis, John H. “Genetics. Origin of species in overdrive.Science (New York, N.Y.) 323, no. 5912 (January 2009): 350–51. Full Text

Willis, J. H. “Origin of species in overdrive.” Science 323 (2009): 350–51.

Lowry, David B., Jennifer L. Modliszewski, Kevin M. Wright, Carrie A. Wu, and John H. Willis. “Review. The strength and genetic basis of reproductive isolating barriers in flowering plants.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 363, no. 1506 (September 2008): 3009–21. Full Text

Lowry, David B., R Cotton Rockwood, and John H. Willis. “Ecological reproductive isolation of coast and inland races of Mimulus guttatus.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 62, no. 9 (September 2008): 2196–2214. Full Text

McDaniel, Stuart F., John H. Willis, and A Jonathan Shaw. “The genetic basis of developmental abnormalities in interpopulation hybrids of the moss Ceratodon purpureus.Genetics 179, no. 3 (July 2008): 1425–35. Full Text

Case, Andrea L., and John H. Willis. “Hybrid male sterility in Mimulus (Phrymaceae) is associated with a geographically restricted mitochondrial rearrangement.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 62, no. 5 (May 2008): 1026–39. Full Text