Michael Turelli

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Distinguished Professor of Genetics Joel Keizer Endowed Chair in Theoretical and Computational Biology


Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

Offices and Labs

3342C Storer Hall
(530) 752-6233
(530) 752-1272 (message)


1977 PhD Biomathematics University of Washington
1972 BS Mathematics University of California, Riverside

Research Contribution

Pushing back the frontiers of human knowledge. My work on Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility is being applied in an attempt to control the spread of dengue fever (see Barton & Turelli 2011; Hoffmann et al. 2011).

Research Interests

Theoretical population and quantitative genetics, speciation, and the population and evolutionary biology of Wolbachia and its hosts, especially Drosophila and disease-vector mosquitoes.


Guggenheim Fellowship, University College London, 9/86-8/87
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elected Fellow 2005
Miller Research Professorship, UC Berkeley, Spring Semester 2006
UC Davis Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer, 2012

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Population Biology
Department of Evolution and Ecology


Genetics Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution
American Society of Naturalists
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

Population Biology
  • Population Interactions
  • Population and Quantitative Genetics
  • Systematics and Comparative Biology

Field Sites

Putah Creek, Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, Cairns, Vienna

Teaching Interests

Genetics, evolution, population and quantitative genetics, speciation and mathemetical methods in comparative biology


PBG 270 Research Conference in Evolutionary Biology
EVE 103 Phylogeny and Macroevolution
BIS 101 Genes & Gene Expression
PBG 200C Principles of Population Biology


8/16/2012 10:37:26 AM
  • Hoffmann, A. A., B. L. Montgomery, J. Popovici, I. Iturbe-Ormaetxe, P. H. Johnson, F. Muzzi, M. Greenfield, M. Durkan, Y. S. Leong, Y. Dong, H. Cook, J. Axford, A. G. Callahan, N. Kenny, C. Omodei, E. A. McGraw, P. A. Ryan, S. A. Ritchie, M. Turelli and S. L. O’Neill. 2011. Successful establishment of Wolbachia in Aedes populations to suppress dengue transmission. Nature 476:454-457.
  • Barton, N. H. and M. Turelli. 2011. Spatial waves of advance with bistable dynamics: cytoplasmic and genetic analogues of Allee effects. American Naturalist 178:E48-E75.
  • Carrington, L. B., J. R. Lipkowitz, A. A. Hoffmann and M. Turelli. 2011. A re-examination of Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in California Drosophila simulans. PLoS ONE 6:e22565.
  • Warren, D. L., R. E. Glor and M. Turelli. 2010. ENMTools: A toolbox for comparative studies of environmental niche models. Ecography 33:607-611.
  • Turelli, M. 2010. Cytoplasmic incompatibility in populations with overlapping generations. Evolution 64:232-241
  • Haygood, R. and M. Turelli. 2009. Evolution of incompatibility-inducing microbes in subdivided host populations. Evolution 63:432-447.
  • Jansen, V. A. A., M. Turelli and H. C. J. Godfray. 2008. Stochastic spread of Wolbachia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 275:2769-2776.
  • Warren, D. L., R. E. Glor and M. Turelli. 2008. Environmental niche equivalency versus conservatism: quantitative approaches to niche evolution. Evolution 62:2868-2883.
  • Bolnick, D. I., M. Turelli, H. López-Fernández, P. C. Wainwright and T. J. Near. 2008. Accelerated mitochondrial evolution and ‘Darwin’s corollary’: Asymmetric viability of reciprocal F1 hybrids in centrarchid fishes. Genetics 178:1037-1048.
  • Turelli, M. and L. C. Moyle. 2007. Asymmetric postmating isolation: Darwin's corollary to Haldane's rule. Genetics 176:1059-1088.
  • Weeks, A. R., M. Turelli, W. R. Harcombe, K. T. Reynolds and A. A. Hoffmann. 2007. From parasite to mutualist: rapid evolution of Wolbachia in natural populations of Drosophila. PLoS Biology 5:997-1005.
  • Mittelbach, G. M., D. Schemske, H. V. Cornell, al. et M. Turelli. 2007. Evolution and the latitudinal diversity gradient: speciation, extinction, and biogeography. Ecology Letters 10:315-331.
  • Turelli, M. and N. H. Barton. 2006. Will multilocus epistasis and population bottlenecks increase additive genetic variance? Evolution 60:1763-1776
  • Fitzpatrick, B. M. and M. Turelli. 2006. The geography of mammalian speciation: Mixed signals from phylogenies and range maps. Evolution 60:601-615.
  • Hill, W. G., N. H. Barton and M. Turelli. 2006. Prediction of effects of genetic drift on variance components under a general model of epistasis. Theoretical Population Biology 70:56-62.
  • Barton, N. H. and M. Turelli. 2004. Effects of genetic drift on variance components under a general model of epistasis. Evolution 58:2111-2132.
  • Turelli, M. and N. H. Barton. 2004. Polygenic variation maintained by balancing selection: pleiotropy, sex-dependent allelic effects and GxE interactions. Genetics 166:1053-1079.
  • Hudson, R. R. and M. Turelli. 2003. Stochasticity overrules the "three-times rule": genetic drift, genetic draft, and coalescence times for nuclear loci versus mitochondrial DNA. Evolution 57:182-190
  • Turelli M, NH Barton and JA Coyne. 2001. Theory and speciation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 16:330-343
  • Orr, HA and M Turelli. 2001. The evolution of postzygotic isolation: accumulating Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities. Evolution 55:1085-1094
  • Turelli, M, DW Schemske and P Bierzychudek. 2001. Conditions for stable two-allele polymorphisms with seed banks and fluctuating selection: maintaining the blues in Linanthus parryae. Evolution 55:1283-1298