Douglas J. Futuyma, Distinguished Professor (CV)
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1969
Evolutionary processes; evolutionary ecology; coevolution
Douglas Futuyma's research interests in evolution focus primarily on speciation and
the evolution of ecological interactions among species. He has been a Guggenheim and
a Fulbright Fellow, the President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American
Society of Naturalists, and the American Insitute of Biological Sciences, the editor
of Evolution, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is editor of
the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, and is the author of the
successful textbooks Evolutionary Biology and Evolution.
Most of his work has centered on the population biology of herbivorous insects and the evolution of their affiliation with host plants. Research on several species centered on genetic differences conferring adaptation to different host plants, and cast light on the evolution of host specificity. Recent work has focussed on whether or not constraints on genetic variation are likely to have influenced the phylogenetic history of host associations in a group of leaf beetles, and on the pattern of speciation in this group. Futuyma's students have worked on diverse evolutionary and ecological studies of insect-plant interactions and of speciation in insects.