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Richard K. Grosberg


Evolution and Ecology

4328 Storer Hall


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

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 Graduate Group Affiliations:

Animal Behavior  
Population Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Animal Behavior
Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology


Last updated 5/21/2010
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

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