Richard K. Grosberg

Richard Grosberg

Position Title
Director, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute; Distinguished Professor

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

4328 Storer Hall

Profile Introduction

Evolution of dispersal, life histories, aggression & recognition systems.

Research Interests

Evolution of allorecognition and kin recognition in aquatic invertebrates, including colonial sea squirts and sea anemones. Effect of recognition systems on intraspecific aggression and cooperation. Evolution of complex life cycles. Ecological and behavioral genetics. Levels of selection and the emergence of novel evolutionary units.

Evolution of dispersal, life histories, aggression & recognition systems.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Population and Quantitative Genetics


  • EVE 112 Invertebrate Zoology and Lab
  • BIS 2B Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution
  • EVE 112L Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory


  • 1976 BA Biology University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1982 PhD Biology Yale University


Tsutsui, N. D., A. V. Suarez, & R. K. Grosberg. 2003. Genetic diversity, asymmetrical aggression, and recognition in a widespread invasive species. PNAS 100: 1078-1083.

Grosberg, R. K. and C. W. Cunningham. 2001. Genetic structure in the sea: from populations to communities. Pages 61-84 in Marine Community Ecology (M. D. Bertness, S. Gaines, and M. E. Hay, eds.), Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.

Grosberg, R. K. and M. W. Hart. 2000. Mate selection and the evolution of highly polymorphic self/nonself recognition genes. Science 289: 2111-2114.

Grosberg RK and RR Strathmann. 1998. One cell, two cell, red cell, blue cell: the persistence of a unicellular stage in multicellular life histories. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 13:112-116

Grosberg RK and DJ Ayre. 1996. Effects of social organization on inter-clonal dominance relationships in the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissma. Animal Behaviour. 51:1233-1245

Grosberg RK, DR Levitan, and BB Cameron. 1996. The evolutionary genetics of allorecognition in the colonial hydrozoan Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. Evolution. 50:2221-2240