William F. Morris

Professor of Biology

104 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90325, Durham, NC 27708-0325
(919) 525-4585
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

Wood, D. M., and W. F. Morris. “Ecological constraints to seedling establishment on the Pumice Plains, Mount St Helens, Washington.” American Journal of Botany 77, no. 11 (January 1, 1990): 1411–18. https://doi.org/10.2307/2444751. Full Text

Morris, W. F., and D. M. Wood. “The role of lupine in succession on Mount St. Helens: facilitation or inhibition.” Ecology 70, no. 3 (January 1, 1989): 697–703. https://doi.org/10.2307/1940220. Full Text

Morris, W. F., P. L. Marks, C. L. Mohler, N. R. Rappaport, F. R. Wesley, and M. A. Moran. “Seed dispersal and seedling emergence in an old field community in central New York (USA).” Oecologia 70, no. 1 (August 1, 1986): 92–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00377115. Full Text