David M. Althoff

Associate Professor, Biology


Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology of species interactions, insect community ecology, molecular ecology, phylogenetics.




Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Idaho (2002-2005)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University (1998-2002)
  • Ph.D., Washington State University (1998)
  • M.S., Washington State University (1993)




Courses

  • BIO 105: Technology Inspired by Nature
  • BIO 345: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIO 400/600: Biomimicry




Selected Publications

  • Althoff, D.M. (2014) Shift in egg-laying strategy to avoid plant defense leads to reproductive isolation in mutualistic and cheating yucca moths. Evolution 68:301-307.
  • Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves and M.T.J Johnson (2014) Testing for coevolutionary diversification: linking pattern with process. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:82-89.
  • Althoff, D.M., W. Xiao, S. Sumoksi, and K.A. Segraves (2013) Florivore impacts on plant reproductive success and pollinator mortality in an obligate pollination mutualism. Oecologia 173:1345-1354.
  • Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves, C.I. Smith, J. Leebens-Mack, and O. Pellmyr (2012) Geographic isolation trumps coevolution as a driver of yucca and yucca moth diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62:898-906.
  • Kolaczan, C.R., S.B. Heard, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff and J.D. Nason (2009) Spatial and genetic structure of host-associated differentiation in the parasitoid Copidosoma gelechiae. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22:1275-1283.
  • Althoff, D.M. (2008) A test of host-associated differentiation across the 'parasite continuum' in the tri-trophic interaction among yuccas, bogus yucca moths, and parasitoids. Molecular Ecology 17:3917-3927.




Research Spotlight

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We are broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of species interactions. Our research focuses on the interactions among plants, insect herbivores, and insect predators to test how communities are structured both in ecological and evolutionary time. Read more about the Althoff lab (LSC 439).