Daniel Runcie

Daniel Runcie

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Robbins 278

Research Interests

Computational and genomic approach to plant developmental biology and evolution

Research in our lab focuses on genetic variation and plasticity. We try to identify molecular pathways underlying phenotypic differences among genotypes, particularly differences in how each genotype reacts to dynamic environments. Our goals are to improve predictions of crop performance, learn about forces that shape the evolutionary histories of natural populations, and identify critical systems that limit plant responses to climate change.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics, Statistics
  • Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group
  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Computational and Theoretical Biology


  • PLS 205 Experimental Design and Analysis, Winter
  • BIT 150 Bioinformatics, Fall


  • 2012 PhD Biology Duke University
  • 2012 MS Statistics Duke University
  • 2005 BS Biology Williams College


Runcie DE, Noor MA. (2009) Sequence signatures of a recent chromosomal rearrangement in Drosophila mojavensis. Genetica 136(1):5-11.

Runcie DE, Garfield DA, Babbitt CC, Wygoda JA, Mukherjee S, Wray GA. (2012) Genetics of gene expression responses to temperature stress in a sea urchin gene network. Molecular ecology 21(18):4547-62.

Runcie DE, Wiedmann RT, Archie EA, Altmann J, Wray GA, Alberts SC, Tung J. (2013) Social environment influences the relationship between genotype and gene expression in wild baboons. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 368(1618):20120345.

Runcie DE, Mukherjee S. (2013) Dissecting high-dimensional phenotypes with bayesian sparse factor analysis of genetic covariance matrices. Genetics 194(3):753-67.

Garfield DA, Runcie DE, Babbitt CC, Haygood R, Nielsen WJ, Wray GA. (2013) The impact of gene expression variation on the robustness and evolvability of a developmental gene regulatory network. PLoS biology 11(10):e1001696.

Burghardt LT, Runcie DE, Wilczek AM, Cooper MD, Roe JL, Welch SM, Schmitt J. (2016) Fluctuating, warm temperatures decrease the effect of a key floral repressor on flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana. The New phytologist 210(2):564-76.

Hamilton JA, El Kayal W, Hart AT, Runcie DE, Arango-Velez A, Cooke JE. (2016) The joint influence of photoperiod and temperature during growth cessation and development of dormancy in white spruce (Picea glauca). Tree physiology .