Richard K. Grosberg

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Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

Offices and Labs

4328 Storer Hall

Profile Introduction

Evolution of dispersal, life histories, aggression & recognition systems.


1982 PhD Biology Yale University
1976 BA Biology University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Evolution of allorecognition and kin recognition in aquatic invertebrates, including colonial sea squirts and sea anemones. Effect of recognition systems on intraspecific aggression and cooperation. Evolution of complex life cycles. Ecological and behavioral genetics. Levels of selection and the emergence of novel evolutionary units.

Evolution of dispersal, life histories, aggression & recognition systems.

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Animal Behavior
Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

Population Biology
  • Population and Quantitative Genetics
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
Animal Behavior
  • Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology

Teaching Interests

Evolutionary biology. Evolution of social behavior. Invertebrate biology.


EVE 112 Invertebrate Zoology & Lab
BIS 2B Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution
EVE 112L Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory


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  • Tsutsui, N. D., A. V. Suarez, & R. K. Grosberg. 2003. Genetic diversity, asymmetrical aggression, and recognition in a widespread invasive species. PNAS 100: 1078-1083.
  • Grosberg, R. K. and C. W. Cunningham. 2001. Genetic structure in the sea: from populations to communities. Pages 61-84 in Marine Community Ecology (M. D. Bertness, S. Gaines, and M. E. Hay, eds.), Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
  • Grosberg, R. K. and M. W. Hart. 2000. Mate selection and the evolution of highly polymorphic self/nonself recognition genes. Science 289: 2111-2114.
  • Grosberg RK and RR Strathmann. 1998. One cell, two cell, red cell, blue cell: the persistence of a unicellular stage in multicellular life histories. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 13:112-116
  • Grosberg RK and DJ Ayre. 1996. Effects of social organization on inter-clonal dominance relationships in the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissma. Animal Behaviour. 51:1233-1245
  • Grosberg RK, DR Levitan, and BB Cameron. 1996. The evolutionary genetics of allorecognition in the colonial hydrozoan Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. Evolution. 50:2221-2240