David Bryant Lowry
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Biology
Michigan State University
Plant Biology Laboratories
612 Wilson Road, Room 166
East Lansing MI 48824-1312

Phone: 908-723-3534
Wiki: OpenWetWare
Programming Scripts: GitHub
Twitter: @DavidBLowry
iNaturalist: davidlowry


2014 Michigan State University. Assistant Professor
2013 – 2014 California State University, Monterey Bay. Assistant Professor


2010 – 2013 University of Texas at Austin. USDA-NIFA Postdoc Fellow
Advisor: Thomas Juenger
2004 – 2010 Duke University. Program in Genetics and Genomics (Ph.D.)
Advisor: John Willis
1997 – 2001 University of California, Berkeley. Genetics and Plant Biology (B.S.) High Honors – College of Natural Resources
Advisor: Ellen Simms


Peer reviewed papers:

Lowry, D. B., K. Hernandez, S. H. Taylor, E. Meyer, T. L. Logan, J. A. Chapman, D. S. Rokhsar, J. Schmutz, T. E. Juenger. The genetics of divergence and reproductive isolation between ecotypes of Panicum hallii. In revision

Aspinwall, M. J., S. H. Taylor, D. B. Lowry, P. A. Fay, A. Khasanova, J. Bonnette, B. K. Whitaker, N. S. Johnson, C. V. Hawkes, T. E. Juenger. Physiological plasticity among differentially adapted genotypes of a widespread C4 grass under altered precipitation. In review

Lasky, J. R., D. L. Des Marais, D. B. Lowry, I. Povolotskaya, J. K. McKay, J. H. Richards, T. H. Keitt, T. E. Juenger. (2014) Natural variation in abiotic stress responsive gene expression is associated with local adaptation to climate in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Biology and Evolution In press

Oneal, E., D. B. Lowry, K. M. Wright, Z. Zhu, J. H. Willis. (2014) Divergent population structure and climate associations of a chromosomal inversion polymorphism across the Mimulus guttatus species complex. Molecular Ecology. In press

Meyer, E., M. J. Aspinwall, D. B. Lowry, J. Palacio-Mejía, T. L. Logan, P. A.  Fay, T. E. Juenger. (2014) Integrating physiological, transcriptional, and metabolomic responses to drought stress and recovery in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). BMC Genomics. 15: 527.

Lowry, D. B., K. D. Behrman, P. Grabowski, G. P. Morris, J. R. Kiniry, T. E. Juenger. (2014) Adaptation between ecotypes and along environmental gradients in Panicum virgatum. The American Naturalist 183: 682-692.

Lowry, D. B., T. L. Logan, L. Santuari, C. S. Hardtke, J. H. Richards, L. J. DeRose-Wilson, J. K. McKay, S. Sen, T. E. Juenger. Expression QTL mapping across water availability environments reveals contrasting associations with genomic features in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Cell 25: 3266-3279.

Aspinwall M. J., D. B. Lowry, S. H. Taylor, T. E. Juenger, C. V. Hawkes, M. V. Johnson, J. R. Kiniry, P. A. Fay. (2013) Genotypic variation in traits linked to climate and aboveground productivity in a widespread C4 grass: evidence for a functional trait syndrome. New Phytologist 199: 966-980.

Wright, K. M., D. Lloyd, D. B. Lowry, M. R. Macnair, J. H. Willis. (2013) Indirect evolution of hybrid lethality due to linkage with a selected locus in Mimulus guttatus. PLoS Biology 11: e1001497.

Lowry, D. B., C. T. Purmal, T. E. Juenger. (2013) A population genetic transect of Panicum hallii (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany. 100: 592-601.

Lowry, D. B. (2012) Ecotypes and the controversy over stages in the formation of new species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 106: 241-257.

Lowry, D. B., C. S. Sheng, Z. Zhu, T. E. Juenger, B. Lahner, D. E. Salt, J. H. Willis. (2012) Mapping of ionomic traits in Mimulus guttatus reveals Mo and Cd QTLs that colocalize with MOT1 homologues.  PLoS One 7: e30730.

Lowry D. B., C. S. Sheng, J. R. Lasky, J. H. Willis. (2012) Five anthocyanin polymorphisms are associated with a R2R3-MYB cluster in Mimulus guttatus. American Journal of Botany 99: 82-91.

Lowry, D. B., C. T. Purmal, E. Meyer, T. E. Juenger. (2012) Microsatellite markers for the native Texas perennial grass, Panicum hallii (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany Primer Notes & Protocols 99: e114-e116.

Lowry, D. B. (2010) Landscape evolutionary genomics. Biology Letters 6: 502-504.

Lowry, D. B., J. H. Willis. (2010) A widespread chromosomal inversion polymorphism contributes to a major life-history transition, local adaptation, and reproductive isolation.  PLoS Biology 8: e1000500. (Faculty of 1000)

Hall M. C., D. B. Lowry, J. H. Willis.  (2010) Is local adaptation in Mimulus guttatus caused by trade-offs at individual loci?  Molecular Ecology 19: 2739-2753.

Wu, C. A., D. B. Lowry, L. I. Nutter, J. H. Willis. (2010) Natural variation for drought response in the Mimulus guttatus species complex. Oecologia 162: 23-33.

Lowry, D. B., M. C. Hall, D. E. Salt, J. H. Willis.  (2009) Genetic and physiological basis of adaptive salt tolerance divergence between coastal and inland Mimulus guttatus. New Phytologist 183: 776-788.

Lowry, D. B., J. L. Modliszewski, K. M. Wright, C. A. Wu, J. H. Willis. (2008). The strength and genetic basis of reproductive isolating barriers in flowering plants. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363: 3009-3021.

Lowry, D. B., R. C. Rockwood, J. H. Willis. (2008). Ecological reproductive isolation of coast and inland races of Mimulus guttatus. Evolution 62: 2196-2214.

Wu, C. A., D. B. Lowry, A. M. Cooley, K. M. Wright, Y. W. Lee, and J. H. Willis. (2008). Mimulus is an emerging model system for the integration of ecological and genomic studies. Heredity 100: 220-230.

Invited book chapters and commentaries:

Selby, J. P., A. L. Jeong, K. Toll, K. M. Wright, D. B. Lowry. (2014) Methods and discoveries in the pursuit of understanding the genetic basis of adaptation to harsh environments in Mimulus.” In N. Rajakaruna (ed.). Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments. NOVA Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, NY, USA. In press

Lowry D. B., R. Hopkins. (2013) “Speciation and Natural Selection.” In The Princeton Guide to Evolution, edited by Jonathan Losos.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.  In press

Lowry D. B. (2012) Local adaptation in The model plant. New Phytologist. 194: 888-890.

Editorials and Guest Blog Posts

2011 By the numbers: Is basic research worth it? (with Sheril R. Kirshenbaum) The Austin American-Statesman. September 1, 2011.

2010 Book Review: Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—and What We Can Do About It. The Intersection. Discover Magazine Blogs. Post was excerpted for The Austin American- Statesman Insight & Books section on September 5, 2010.

2010 Unscientific California: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Serpentine and Biodiversity. The Intersection. Discover Magazine Blogs. Post was part of a campaign by a coalition of scientists that successfully defeated a bill (SB624) aimed at removing serpentine as the state rock of California.

Honors and Awards

2010 W. D. Hamilton Outstanding Presentation Award (Honorable Mention) International Evolution Society Conference. Portland, OR
2007 Best student talk, Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics
2006 NSF Graduate Student Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
2001 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UC Berkeley

Grants and Fellowships

2013 Joint Genome Institute (DOE) Community Sequencing Program. “Resequencing diverse collections and mapping resources for Panicum hallii.” PI: Thomas Juenger. David Lowry listed as a Co-PI.
2011-2013 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture AFRI Postdoctoral Fellowship. $130,000
2010 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Bioinformatics Course Scholarship. $1000
2007-2010 NSF Environmental Genomics Grant (EF-0723814): “Ecological genomics of drought adaptation in Mimulus.” Conceived and conducted research that formed the proposal, and co-wrote grant. PhD advisor John Willis listed as PI. $866,802
2007-2009 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DEB-0710094). $11,943
2005 Duke University International Travel Grant. $2500
2004-2006 NIH Graduate Student Fellowship in Genetics at Duke University
2000 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Fellowship. $4000
2000 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid. $900
1999 NSF Research experience for undergraduates


Invited international symposia:

2012 “Natural Selection in the Wild: From Genotype to Phenotype” American Society of Naturalists Vice-Presidential Symposium. International Evolution Society Conference. Ottawa, Canada

2009 “The Origin of Species 150 years after Darwin” Symposium. Japanese Society for Evolutionary Studies Meeting. Sapporo, Japan

Invited talks:

2014 Stony Brook University, Department of Ecology and Evolution. Stony Brook, NY.
2014 University of North Carolina. Biology Department. Chapel Hill, NC.
2014 Michigan State University. Plant Biology Department. East Lansing, MI.
2013 Colorado State University. Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. Fort Collins, CO.
2013 Annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference. San Antonio, TX.
2013 Switchgrass II. University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI.
2012 California State University, Monterey Bay. Division of Science and  Environmental Policy. Seaside, CA
2012 University of California, Davis. Department of Viticulture and Enology. Davis, CA
2011 Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics Gordon Research Conference. University of New England, Biddeford, ME
2011 University of Toronto. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2011 University of Arizona. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Tucson, AZ
2011 California State University, Chico. Biology weekly seminar. Chico, CA
2009 University of Virginia EEBio Seminar. Charlottesville, VA
2009 University of California, Berkeley Ecolunch Seminar. Berkeley, CA
2009 University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA
2007 Ecological Genomics Symposium. Kansas City, MO

Contributed talks and posters:

2014 International Evolution Society Conference. Raleigh, NC
2014 Mimulus community meeting. Durham, NC
2013 Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics Gordon Research Conference. University of New England, Biddeford, ME
2012 USDA NIFA Fellows Meeting. Washington D.C.
2012 Plant and Animal Genomes Conference. San Diego, CA
2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX
2010 International Evolution Society Conference. Portland, OR
2010 Plant and Animal Genomes Conference. San Diego, CA
2009 Ecological & Evolutionary Functional Genomics. Gordon Conference. Tilton, NH
2008 International Evolution Society Conference. Minneapolis, MN
2007 Joint Conference of Botany and Plant Biology. Chicago, IL
2007 Mimulus community meeting. Durham, NC
2007 Duke University Program in Genetics/Genomics Retreat. Nags Head, NC
2006 Genetics of Speciation Conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 International Evolution Society Conference. Stony Brook, NY

Professional Experience

2014 Assistant Professor. California State University, Monterey Bay.
2013-2014 Adjunct Professor. California State University, Monterey Bay.
2010-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow. Landscape evolutionary genomics in switchgrass. University of Texas at Austin PI:Thomas Juenger
2004-2010 Graduate Student. Adaptation and speciation in monkeyflower. Duke University PI:John Willis
2004 Field Assistant. Predator exclusion effects on food web ecology. University of Montana, Missoula PI:John Maron
2004 Field Assistant. Tropical fish and stream ecosystem ecology in Venezuela. Cornell University PI:Alex Flecker
2003 Postgraduate Researcher. Invasive salt marsh plant population genetics. University of California, Davis PI:Donald Strong
2002-2003 Field Assistant. Landscape ecology and pollinator service of native bees. Princeton/UC Davis PI:Claire Kremen/Neal Williams
2002 Postgraduate Researcher. Plant nitrogen fixation and herbivore ecology. University of California, Davis PI:Chris van Kessel/Thomas Juenger
1998-2001 Laboratory and Field Assistant. Plant evolutionary ecology. UC Berkeley/Bodega Marine Reserve PI: Ellen Simms/John Maron

Teaching and Mentoring Experience

Undergraduate Teaching:

2014 Evolution and Population Genetics, California State University, Monterey Bay
2011-2012 Biology of Biofuels (Genetics Section) University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistantships:

2007 AIDS and Emerging Diseases in Africa Duke University Instructor: Sherryl Broverman
2006, 2008 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Duke University Instructor: Kathleen Smith
1999-2000 Biology 1B Field Ecology Section UC Berkeley Instructor: Mike Moser

Invited Guest Lectures/Discussion:

2011 Evolutionary Genetics University of Colorado, Boulder Instructor: Patrik Nosil
2010 Graduate Ecology and Evolution North Carolina State University Instructor: Marc Johnson
2007 Education Outreach Presentations Northwest High School, Lenexa, KS

Mentoring Programs:

2014 McNairs Scholars Program
2009 Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer undergraduate mentorship
2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer precollege mentorship
2007 Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) for minority undergraduates

Students Mentored:

2014 Elizabeth Alger, California State University, Monterey Bay
2014 Rachael Spellenberg, California State University, Monterey Bay
2012-2013 Jacob Heiling, The University of Texas at Austin
2011 Tiffany Liu, The University of Texas at Austin
2011 Ashley Asmus, The University of Texas at Austin
2011 Daniel Dillon, The University of Texas at Austin
2010-2011 Colin Purmal, The University of Texas at Austin
2009-2010 Por Tangwancharoen, Duke University
2008-2009 Zhirui Zhu, Duke University
2007-2010 Calvin Sheng, Duke University
2007-2009 Laura Nutter, Duke University
2008 Nettie McMiller, Jordan High School, Durham, NC
2007 Mike Yan, Duke University
2007 Porsha Andrews, Winston Salem University

Service and Outreach

2013 Proposal Reviewer: National Geographic Global Exploration Fund
2013 Invited Participant: Landscape Genomics Catalysis Meeting at NESCent. Durham, NC
2012-2013 Proposal Reviewer: NSF DEB
2011 Proposal Reviewer: Texas Natural Science Center’s “Evolution in Action” museum exhibit (NSF-BEACON)
2010-2012 Web Host: Texas Switchgrass Collaborative Wiki page
2010 Symposia Co-Organizer: “The Population Genetics of Development” European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology Conference
2010 Guest Blogger: Discover Magazine: The Intersection
2008 Collaborator: Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology, a program for introducing middle school students to science in Durham, NC
2007-2008 Czar: Duke Population Biology Seminar Series
2006-2010 Web Host: Mimulus Community Wiki page
2005-2009 Education Collaborator: Provided plant material for Bio. 26 at Duke
2005-2009 Organizer: Mimulus seed collection center
2005-2006 Chairperson: Duke Biology Department Steering Committee
2005-2006 Organizer: Duke Graduate Student Symposium
2004-2005 Representative: Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council

Short Course Training

2010 Programming for Biology – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2013 Energy Technology and Policy – University of Texas at Austin


Evolution (14), Molecular Ecology (12), New Phytologist (11), Genetics (3), PLoS One (3), The American Naturalist (3), American Journal of Botany (1), Functional Plant Biology (1), Heredity (1), Current Opinion in Plant Biology (1), International Journal of Ecology (1) Journal of Evolutionary Biology (1), PLoS Biology (1), PLoS Genetics (1), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (1), Trends in Ecology and Evolution (1)

Society Membership

The Linnean Society of London
Society for the Study of Evolution
Botanical Society of America
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science


Dr. Thomas Juenger
Postdoctoral Advisor
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0930
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-232-5751

Dr. John Willis
Ph.D. Thesis Advisor
Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-660-7340

Dr. Mohamed Noor
Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-613-8193

Dr. Mark Kirkpatrick
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0930
Phone: 512-471-5996