Mohamed A. F. Noor

Professor of Biology

130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90338, Biology Department, Durham, NC 27708-4129
(919) 668-2728
Research in my laboratory strives to understand what genetic changes contribute to the formation of new species, what maintains fitness-related variation in natural populations, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. Our approaches combine classical genetic, molecular genetic, and genomic/ bioinformatic analyses, along with occasional forays into areas like animal behavior (in relation to speciation). I am also very interested in helping develop educational activities (K-12 or college) in genetics and evolution.  See my lab webpage for more detailed information: 


  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago 1996

  • B.S., College of William and Mary 1992

Dixon, Sheri M., Jerry A. Coyne, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “The evolution of conspecific sperm precedence in Drosophila.Molecular Ecology 12, no. 5 (May 2003): 1179–84. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., and Richard M. Kliman. “Variability on the dot chromosome in the Drosophila simulans clade.Genetica 118, no. 1 (May 2003): 51–58. Full Text

Servedio, M. R., and M. A. F. Noor. “The Role Of Reinforcement in Speciation: Theory and Data.” Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 34 (January 1, 2003): 339–64. Full Text

Etges, W. J., and M. A. F. Noor. “Special issue - Genetics of mate choice: From sexual selection to sexual isolation - Preface.” Genetica 116, no. 2–3 (November 1, 2002): VII–ix.

Ortíz-Barrientos, Daniel, Jane Reiland, Jody Hey, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Recombination and the divergence of hybridizing species.Genetica 116, no. 2–3 (November 2002): 167–78. Full Text

Reiland, J., S. Hodge, and M. A. F. Noor. “Strong founder effect in Drosophila pseudoobscura colonizing New Zealand from North America.The Journal of Heredity 93, no. 6 (November 2002): 415–20. Full Text

McGuire, H. L., and M. A. F. Noor. “Microsatellite loci for great white herons and great blue herons (Aves, Ardeidae, Ardea herodias).” Molecular Ecology Notes 2, no. 2 (June 26, 2002): 170–72. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F. “Is the biological species concept showing its age?Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17, no. 4 (April 1, 2002): 153–54. Full Text

Espinoza, N. R., and M. A. F. Noor. “Population genetics of a polyploid: is there hybridization between lineages of Hyla versicolor?The Journal of Heredity 93, no. 2 (March 2002): 81–85. Full Text