David Bryant Lowry

David Bryant Lowry
Section of Integrative Biology ⋅ 1 University Station C0930
The University of Texas at Austin ⋅ Austin, TX 78712
E-mail: davidbryantlowry@gmail.com ⋅ Phone: 908-723-3534
Website: http://openwetware.org/wiki/User:Lowry ⋅ Twitter: @DavidBLowry
Married to Sheril Kirshenbaum
2004 - 2010
1997 - 2001
Ph.D. Duke University. Program in Genetics and Genomics
Advisor: John Willis
B.S. University of California, Berkeley. Genetics and Plant Biology
High Honors - College of Natural Resources
Peer reviewed papers:
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., 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, Nature Genetics Research Highlight,
ScienceNews Feature)
Lowry, D. B. (2010) Landscape evolutionary genomics. Biology Letters 6: 502-504.
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. (Special issue on plant adaptation)
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. (Cover photo)
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. (Cover photo)
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.
Book chapters and commentaries:
Lowry D. B. (2012) Local adaptation in the model plant. New Phytologist. 194: 888890.
Lowry D. B. and R. Hopkins. (2012) “Speciation and Natural Selection.” In The
Princeton Guide to Evolution, edited by Jonathan Losos. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press. In press
Manuscripts in preparation:
Lowry, D. B., T. Logan, L. Santuari, C. Hardtke, J. Richards, J. McKay, S. Sen, T. E.
Juenger. eQTL mapping of drought responsive gene expression in the Tsu x Kas mapping
population of Arabidopsis thaliana. Intended for submission to PLoS Genetics.
Lowry D. B., C. T. Purmal, E. Meyer, S. Taylor, T. E. Juenger. A population genetic
transect of Panicum hallii across Texas and the southwestern United States. Intended for
submission to Molecular Ecology.
Meyer E., M. J. Aspinwall, D. B. Lowry, J. D. Palacio-Mejía, T. L. Logan T. E. Juenger.
Profiling physiological, transcriptional, and metabolomic responses to drought stress in
switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Intended for submission to The Plant Cell.
Wright K. M., D. Lloyd, D. B. Lowry, M. R. Macnair, J. H. Willis. Indirect evolution of
hybrid lethality due to linkage with selected locus in Mimulus guttatus. In revision for
new submission to PLoS Biology.
Sexton J. P., M. B. Hufford, A. Bateman, D. B. Lowry, H. Meimberg, J. H. Willis, S. Y.
Strauss, K. J. Rice. Gene flow and genetic variation between climate limits: testing
species range theory. In revision for new submission to Molecular Ecology.
Editorials and Guest Blog Posts
By the numbers: Is basic research worth it? (with Sheril R. Kirshenbaum)
The Austin American-Statesman. September 1, 2011.
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 AmericanStatesman Insight & Books section on September 5, 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
W. D. Hamilton Outstanding Presentation Award (Honorable Mention)
International Evolution Society Conference. Portland, OR
Best student talk, Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics
NSF Graduate Student Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UC Berkeley
Grants and Fellowships
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture AFRI Postdoctoral
Fellowship. $130,000
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Bioinformatics Course Scholarship. $1000
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
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DEB-0710094). $11,943
Duke University International Travel Grant. $2500
NIH Graduate Student Fellowship in Genetics at Duke University
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Fellowship. $4000
Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid. $900
NSF Research experience for undergraduates
Invited talks:
“Natural Selection in the Wild: From Genotype to Phenotype” American Society
of Naturalists Vice-Presidential Symposium. International Evolution Society
Conference. Ottawa, Canada.
University of California, Davis. Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Davis, CA.
Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics Gordon Research Conference. University
of New England, Biddeford, ME
University of Toronto. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. Toronto,
Ontario, Canada
University of Arizona. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Tucson, AZ
California State University, Chico. Biology weekly seminar. Chico, CA
“The Origin of Species 150 years after Darwin” symposium, Japanese
Society for Evolutionary Studies. Sapporo, Japan
University of Virginia EEBio Seminar. Charlottesville, VA
University of California, Berkeley Ecolunch Seminar. Berkeley, CA
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA
Ecological Genomics Symposium. Kansas City, MO
Contributed talks and posters:
Plant and Animal Genomes Conference. San Diego, CA
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX
International Evolution Society Conference. Portland, OR
Plant and Animal Genomes Conference. San Diego, CA
Ecological & Evolutionary Functional Genomics. Gordon Conference. Tilton, NH
International Evolution Society Conference. Minneapolis, MN
Joint Conference of Botany and Plant Biology. Chicago, IL
Mimulus community meeting. Durham, NC
Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics Retreat. Nags Head, NC
Genetics of Speciation Conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada
International Evolution Society Conference. Stony Brook, NY
Professional Experience
2010-2012 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
Field Assistant. Predator exclusion effects on food web ecology.
University of Montana, Missoula
PI:John Maron
Field Assistant. Tropical fish and stream ecosystem ecology in Venezuela.
Cornell University
PI:Alex Flecker
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
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:
Biology of Biofuels (Genetics Section)
University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Assistantships:
2006, 2008
AIDS and Emerging Diseases in Africa
Instructor: Sherryl Broverman
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Instructor: Kathleen Smith
Biology 1B Field Ecology Section
Instructor: Mike Moser
Duke University
Duke University
UC Berkeley
Invited Guest Lectures/Discussion:
Evolutionary Genetics
Instructor: Patrik Nosil
Graduate Ecology and Evolution
Instructor: Marc Johnson
Education Outreach Presentations
University of Colorado, Boulder
North Carolina State University
Northwest High School, Lenexa, KS
Mentoring Programs:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer undergraduate mentorship
Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer precollege mentorship
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) for minority undergraduates
Students Mentored:
Jacob Heiling
Tiffany Liu
Ashley Asmus
Daniel Dillon
Colin Purmal
Por Tangwancharoen
Zhirui Zhu
Calvin Sheng
Laura Nutter
Nettie McMiller
Mike Yan
Porsha Andrews
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin
Duke University
Duke University
Duke University
Duke University
Jordan High School, Durham, NC
Duke University
Winston Salem University
Service and Outreach
Proposal Reviewer: Texas Natural Science Center's "Evolution in Action"
museum exhibit (NSF-BEACON)
Web Host: Texas Switchgrass Collaborative Wiki page
Symposia Co-Organizer: “The Population Genetics of Development”
European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology Conference
Guest Blogger: Discover Magazine: The Intersection
Collaborator: Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and
Technology, a program for introducing middle school students to science
in Durham, NC
Czar: Duke Population Biology Seminar Series
Web Host: Mimulus Community Wiki page
Education Collaborator: Provided plant material for Bio. 26 at Duke
Organizer: Mimulus seed collection center
Chairperson: Duke Biology Department Steering Committee
Organizer: Duke Graduate Student Symposium
Representative: Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council
Evolution (9), Molecular Ecology (8), New Phytologist (8), American Journal of Botany
(1), The American Naturalist (1), Genetics (1), Heredity (1), Current Opinion in Plant
Biology (1), International Journal of Ecology (1), PLoS Biology (1), PLoS Genetics (1),
PLoS One (1), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (1), and Trends in Ecology and
Evolution (1)
Society Membership
The Linnean Society of London
Society for the Study of Evolution
Botanical Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
Soil Science Society of America
International Experience
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Guatemala, Greece, India, Italy,
Mexico, Laos, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Peru, Venezuela
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
E-mail: tjuenger@austin.utexas.edu
Dr. John Willis
Ph.D. Thesis Advisor
Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-660-7340
E-mail: jwillis@duke.edu
Dr. Mohamed Noor
Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-613-8193
E-mail: noor@duke.edu
Dr. Christine Hawkes
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0930
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-471-6049
E-mail: chawkes@mail.utexas.edu
Dr. Mark Rausher
Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-2295
E-mail: mrausher@duke.edu
Dr. Mark Kirkpatrick
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0930
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-471-5996
E-mail: kirkp@mail.utexas.edu