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Michael Turelli

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


Evolution and Ecology

3342C Storer Hall
(530) 752-6233

(530) 752-1272 (message)


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

Research Contribution to Society:

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

Professional Societies:

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

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Population Biology  


Last updated 8/16/2012
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

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