William F. Morris

Professor of Biology

104 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90325, Durham, NC 27708-0325
(919) 684-5257
Bill Morris studies the population ecology of plants and insects (both herbivores and pollinators). Current projects include: the population dynamic consequences of constitutive and inducible resistance in plants, the maintenance of mutualistic interactions between flowering plants and nectar-robbing pollinators, the use of population-level attributes to detect biotic responses to ongoing environmental changes, and the use of mathematical models to assess viability of threatened and endangered populations. The common thread uniting these projects is that they combine field experiments and mathematical models to study population dynamics in natural and managed systems.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington 1990

  • B.S., Cornell University 1983

Morris, W. F., P. L. Bloch, B. R. Hudgens, L. C. Moyle, and J. R. Stinchcombe. “Population viability analysis in endangered species recovery planning: Past use and recommendations for future improvement.” Ecological Applications, 2002.

Doak, D. F., and W. Morris. “Detecting population-level consequences of ongoing environmental change without long-term monitoring.” Ecology 80, no. 5 (January 1, 1999): 1537–51. https://doi.org/10.1890/0012-9658(1999)080[1537:DPLCOO]2.0.CO;2. Full Text

Gross, K., J. R. Lockwood, C. C. Frost, and W. F. Morris. “Modeling controlled burning and trampling reduction for conservation of Hudsonia montana.” Conservation Biology 12, no. 6 (January 1, 1998): 1291–1301. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.1998.97285.x. Full Text

Morris, W. F., and G. Dwyer. “Population consequences of constitutive and inducible plant resistance: herbivore spatial spread.The American Naturalist 149, no. 6 (June 1997): 1071–90. https://doi.org/10.1086/286039. Full Text

Morris, W. F., M. Mangel, and F. R. Adler. “Mechanisms of pollen deposition by insect pollinators.” Evolutionary Ecology 9, no. 3 (May 1, 1995): 304–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01237776. Full Text