Research Articles & Papers


Korunes, KL; Myers, RB; Hardy, R; Noor, MAF

Drosophila pseudoobscura is a classic model system for the study of evolutionary genetics and genomics. Given this long-standing interest, many genome sequences have accumulated for D. pseudoobscura and closely related species D. persimilis, D. miranda, and D. lowei. To facilitate the exploration… read more about this publication »

Mammal Review

Zipple, MN; Roberts, EK; Alberts, SC; Beehner, JC

Bartoš et al. (2021; Mammal Review 51: 143–153; reviewed the mechanisms involved in the ‘Bruce effect’ – a phenomenon originally documented in inseminated female house mice Mus musculus, who block pregnancy following exposure to a novel (non-sire) male. They argue… read more about this publication »

Marine Genomics

Byrne, M; Koop, D; Strbenac, D; Cisternas, P; Yang, JYH; Davidson, PL; Wray, G

The molecular mechanisms underlying development of the pentameral body of adult echinoderms are poorly understood but are important to solve with respect to evolution of a unique body plan that contrasts with the bilateral body plan of other deuterostomes. As Nodal and BMP2/4 signalling is involved… read more about this publication »

Pest Management Science

Wang, Q; Xu, P; Sanchez, S; Duran, P; Andreazza, F; Isaacs, R; Dong, K

BackgroundInsects rely on their sense of smell to locate food and hosts, find mates and select sites for laying eggs. Use of volatile compounds, such as essential oils (EOs), to repel insect pests and disrupt their olfaction-driven behaviors has great practical significance in integrated pest… read more about this publication »

Plant Physiology

Castano-Duque, L; Ghosal, S; Quilloy, FA; Mitchell-Olds, T; Dixit, S

Rice production is shifting from transplanting seedlings to direct sowing of seeds. Following heavy rains, directly sown seeds may need to germinate under anaerobic environments, but most rice (Oryza sativa) genotypes cannot survive these conditions. To identify the genetic architecture of complex… read more about this publication »

Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions : Mpmi

Peng, L; Shan, X; Wang, Y; Martin, F; Vilgalys, R; Yuan, Z

Clitopilus hobsonii (Entolomataceae, Agaricales, Basidiomycetes) is a common soil saprotroph. There is also evidence that C. hobsonii can act as a root endophyte benefitting tree growth. Here, we report the genome assembly of C. hobsonii QYL-10, isolated from ectomycorrhizal root tips of Quercus… read more about this publication »

The New Phytologist

Yan, W; Wang, B; Chan, E; Mitchell-Olds, T

The genetic basis of flowering time changes across environments, and pleiotropy may limit adaptive evolution of populations in response to local conditions. However, little information is known about how genetic architecture changes among environments. We used genome-wide association studies (GWAS… read more about this publication »

Ecological Monographs

Doak, DF; Waddle, E; Langendorf, RE; Louthan, AM; Isabelle Chardon, N; Dibner, RR; Keinath, DA; Lombardi, E; Steenbock, C; Shriver, RK; Linares, C; Begoña Garcia, M; Funk, WC; Fitzpatrick, SW; Morris, WF; Peterson, ML

Structured demographic models are among the most common and useful tools in population biology. However, the introduction of integral projection models (IPMs) has caused a profound shift in the way many demographic models are conceptualized. Some researchers have argued that IPMs, by explicitly… read more about this publication »


Yuan, M; Jiang, Z; Bi, G; Nomura, K; Liu, M; Wang, Y; Cai, B; Zhou, J-M; He, SY; Xin, X-F

The plant immune system is fundamental for plant survival in natural ecosystems and for productivity in crop fields. Substantial evidence supports the prevailing notion that plants possess a two-tiered innate immune system, called pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) and effector-triggered immunity (… read more about this publication »

Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Kim, JH; Hilleary, R; Seroka, A; He, SY

A grand challenge facing plant scientists today is to find innovative solutions to increase global crop production in the context of an increasingly warming climate. A major roadblock to global food sufficiency is persistent loss of crops to plant diseases and insect infestations. The United… read more about this publication »


Benito-Kwiecinski, S; Giandomenico, SL; Sutcliffe, M; Riis, ES; Freire-Pritchett, P; Kelava, I; Wunderlich, S; Martin, U; Wray, GA; McDole, K; Lancaster, MA

The human brain has undergone rapid expansion since humans diverged from other great apes, but the mechanism of this human-specific enlargement is still unknown. Here, we use cerebral organoids derived from human, gorilla, and chimpanzee cells to study developmental mechanisms driving evolutionary… read more about this publication »

The New Phytologist

Lofgren, LA; Nguyen, NH; Vilgalys, R; Ruytinx, J; Liao, H-L; Branco, S; Kuo, A; LaButti, K; Lipzen, A; Andreopoulos, W; Pangilinan, J; Riley, R; Hundley, H; Na, H; Barry, K; Grigoriev, IV; Stajich, JE; Kennedy, PG

While there has been significant progress characterizing the 'symbiotic toolkit' of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, how host specificity may be encoded into ECM fungal genomes remains poorly understood. We conducted a comparative genomic analysis of ECM fungal host specialists and generalists,… read more about this publication »

Communications Biology

Oita, S; Ibáñez, A; Lutzoni, F; Miadlikowska, J; Geml, J; Lewis, LA; Hom, EFY; Carbone, I; U'Ren, JM; Arnold, AE

Understanding how species-rich communities persist is a foundational question in ecology. In tropical forests, tree diversity is structured by edaphic factors, climate, and biotic interactions, with seasonality playing an essential role at landscape scales: wetter and less seasonal forests… read more about this publication »

The Journal of Experimental Biology

Jorge, JF; Bergbreiter, S; Patek, SN

Small organisms can produce powerful, sub-millisecond impacts by moving tiny structures at high accelerations. We developed and validated a pendulum device to measure the impact energetics of microgram-sized trap-jaw ant mandibles accelerated against targets at 105 m s-2 Trap-jaw ants (Odontomachus… read more about this publication »

Annals of Botany

Mitchell, RM; Ames, GM; Wright, JP

Background and aimsUnderstanding impacts of altered disturbance regimes on community structure and function is a key goal for community ecology. Functional traits link species composition to ecosystem functioning. Changes in the distribution of functional traits at community scales in response to… read more about this publication »

The Journal of Heredity

Rushworth, CA; Mitchell-Olds, T

Despite decades of research, the evolution of sex remains an enigma in evolutionary biology. Typically, research addresses the costs of sex and asexuality to characterize the circumstances favoring one reproductive mode. Surprisingly few studies address the influence of common traits that are, in… read more about this publication »

Star Protocols

Hibshman, JD; Webster, AK; Baugh, LR

Standard laboratory culture of Caenorhabditis elegans utilizes solid growth media with a bacterial food source. However, this culture method limits control of food availability and worm population density, factors that impact many life-history traits. Here, we describe liquid-culture protocols for… read more about this publication »

Am J Med Genet A

Markunas, AM; Manivannan, PKR; Ezekian, JE; Agarwal, A; Eisner, W; Alsina, K; Allen, HD; Wray, GA; Kim, JJ; Wehrens, XHT; Landstrom, AP

Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a genetic disease resulting in a prolonged QT interval on a resting electrocardiogram, predisposing affected individuals to polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and sudden death. Although a number of genes have been implicated in this disease, nearly one in four… read more about this publication »

Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America

DeMarche, ML; Bailes, G; Hendricks, LB; Pfeifer-Meister, L; Reed, PB; Bridgham, SD; Johnson, BR; Shriver, R; Waddle, E; Wroton, H; Doak, DF; Roy, BA; Morris, WF

Spatial gradients in population growth, such as across latitudinal or elevational gradients, are often assumed to primarily be driven by variation in climate, and are frequently used to infer species' responses to climate change. Here, we use a novel demographic, mixed-model approach to dissect the… read more about this publication »


Stone, DF; Mccune, B; Pardo-De La Hoz, CJ; Magain, N; Miadlikowska, J

The new genus Sinuicella, an early successional lichen, was found on bare soil in Oregon, USA. The thallus is minute fruticose, grey to nearly black, branching isotomic dichotomous, branches round, 20-90 μm wide in water mount. The cortex is composed of interlocking cells shaped like jigsaw puzzle… read more about this publication »

Journal of Biogeography

Shaw, EC; Fowler, R; Ohadi, S; Bayly, MJ; Barrett, RA; Tibbits, J; Strand, A; Willis, CG; Donohue, K; Robeck, P; Cousens, RD

Aim: If we are able to determine the geographic origin of an invasion, as well as its known area of introduction, we can better appreciate the innate environmental tolerance of a species and the strength of selection for adaptation that colonizing populations have undergone. It also enables us to… read more about this publication »

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Taylor, I; Lehner, K; McCaskey, E; Nirmal, N; Ozkan-Aydin, Y; Murray-Cooper, M; Jain, R; Hawkes, EW; Ronald, PC; Goldman, DI; Benfey, PN

Early root growth is critical for plant establishment and survival. We have identified a molecular pathway required for helical root tip movement known as circumnutation. Here, we report a multiscale investigation of the regulation and function of this phenomenon. We identify key cell signaling… read more about this publication »

Journal of Ecology

Reed, PB; Peterson, ML; Pfeifer-Meister, LE; Morris, WF; Doak, DF; Roy, BA; Johnson, BR; Bailes, GT; Nelson, AA; Bridgham, SD

Predicting species' range shifts under future climate is a central goal of conservation ecology. Studying populations within and beyond multiple species' current ranges can help identify whether demographic responses to climate change exhibit directionality, indicative of range shifts, and whether… read more about this publication »

Nature Communications

Clark, JS; Andrus, R; Aubry-Kientz, M; Bergeron, Y; Bogdziewicz, M; Bragg, DC; Brockway, D; Cleavitt, NL; Cohen, S; Courbaud, B; Daley, R; Das, AJ; Dietze, M; Fahey, TJ; Fer, I; Franklin, JF; Gehring, CA; Gilbert, GS; Greenberg, CH; Guo, Q; HilleRisLambers, J; Ibanez, I; Johnstone, J; Kilner, CL; Knops, J; Koenig, WD; Kunstler, G; LaMontagne, JM; Legg, KL; Luongo, J; Lutz, JA; Macias, D; McIntire, EJB; Messaoud, Y; Moore, CM; Moran, E; Myers, JA; Myers, OB; Nunez, C; Parmenter, R; Pearse, S; Pearson, S; Poulton-Kamakura, R; Ready, E; Redmond, MD; Reid, CD; Rodman, KC; Scher, CL; Schlesinger, WH; Schwantes, AM; Shanahan, E; Sharma, S; Steele, MA; Stephenson, NL; Sutton, S; Swenson, JJ; Swift, M; Veblen, TT; Whipple, AV; Whitham, TG; Wion, AP; Zhu, K; Zlotin, R

Indirect climate effects on tree fecundity that come through variation in size and growth (climate-condition interactions) are not currently part of models used to predict future forests. Trends in species abundances predicted from meta-analyses and species distribution models will be misleading if… read more about this publication »