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Dr. Alison Scoville

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Alison Scoville,


Science Building, Room 338G
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
(509) 963-2802


Ph.D. Utah State University (Biology), 2008
B.A. Carleton College (Biology), 1997


General Biology I, Evolution, Biometry


My lab group studies a range of questions in the area of ecological and evolutionary genomics, with an emphasis on rapid evolution and conservation biology. We use two model systems: Mimulus guttatus (monkeyflower) and Daphnia (water fleas). Current projects center on 1) investigating epigenetic inheritance of defensive traits induced by parental leaf damage, and 2) understanding the molecular basis of adaptation in Daphnia in response to introduced fish predators. We use a combination of field work, molecular tools, and mathematical modeling.

Recent Publications

  • Scoville, A. G., L. Barnett, S. Bodbyl-Roels, J. Kelly and L.C. Hileman. In press. Differential regulation of a MYB transcription factor predicts transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of trichome density in Mimulus guttatus. New Phytologist.
  • Scoville, A. G. and M. E. Pfrender. 2010. Phenotypic plasticity facilitates rapid adaptation to introduced predators. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 4260-4263.
  • Scoville, A., Y. W. Lee, J. H. Willis, and J. K. Kelly. 2009. Contribution of chromosomal polymorphisms to the G-matrix of Mimulus guttatus. New Phytologist 183: 803-815.
  • Crooks, K.R., M. Grigione, A. G. Scoville, and G. W. Scoville. 2008. Exploratory use of track and camera surveys of mammalian carnivores in the Peloncillo and Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. The Southwestern Naturalist 53: 510-517.
  • Grigione, M, A. G. Scoville, G. W. Scoville, and K. R. Crooks. 2007. Neotropical Cats in Southeast Arizona and Surrounding Areas: Past and Present Status of Jaguars, Ocelots, and Jaguarundis. Journal of Neotropical Mammalogy 14(2): 189-199.

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