Michael Turelli

Michael Turelli

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Center for Population Biology

3342C Storer Hall

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.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Population and Quantitative Genetics
  • Population Interactions
  • Systematics and Comparative Biology


  • PBG 270 Research Conference in Evolutionary Biology
  • EVE 103 Phylogeny and Macroevolution
  • BIS 101 Genes and Gene Expression
  • PBG 200C Principles of Population Biology

Field Sites

  • Putah Creek, Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, Cairns, Vienna

Honors and Awards

  • 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

    Professional Societies

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


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


    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