Bret Payseur

Position title: Professor


Phone: 608-890-0867

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Speciation, Evolution of Extreme Phenotypes, Recombination

2428 Genetics/Biotech
Ph.D., University of Arizona, (2003), Postdoctoral Research: Cornell University
Lab Website
Genetics and Medical Genetics
Research Interests
Speciation, Evolution of Extreme Phenotypes, Recombination
Research Fields
Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics, Quantitative Genetics, Genomics

Research Description:
Bret Payseur uses genetics and genomics to understand mechanisms of evolution. Payseur and his students are discovering how one species becomes two, how organisms adapt to new environments, and how meiotic recombination evolves – all from a genetic perspective. Payseur’s research focuses on natural variation in a powerful genetic model organism, the house mouse.

Representative Publications:
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Wang, R. J., and B. A. Payseur (2017). Genetics of genome-wide recombination rate evolution in mice from an isolated island. Genetics 206:1841-1852.

Parmenter, M. D., M. M. Gray, C. A. Hogan, I. N. Ford, K. W. Broman, C. J. Vinyard, and B. A. Payseur (2016). Genetics of skeletal evolution in unusually large mice from Gough Island. Genetics 204:1559-1572.

Payseur, B. A., and L. H. Rieseberg (2016). A genomic perspective on hybridization and speciation. Molecular Ecology 25:2337-2360.

Haasl, R. J., and B. A. Payseur (2016). Fifteen years of genome-wide scans for selection: trends, lessons, and unaddressed genetic sources of complication. Molecular Ecology 25:5-23.

Wang, R. J., M. A. White, and B. A. Payseur (2015). The pace of hybrid incompatibility evolution in house mice. Genetics 201:229-242.

Gray, M. M., M. D., M. Parmenter, C. Hogan, I. Ford, R. J. Cuthbert, P. G. Ryan, K. W. Broman, and B. A. Payseur (2015). Genetics of rapid and extreme size evolution in island mice. Genetics 201:213-228.