Michael Turelli

Michael Turelli

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

  • Evolution and Ecology
  • 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