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Research Summary:

Dr. Levin's research is currently focused on the function and dynamics of the breeding system in annual species of Phlox. This entails analyses of gene flow via pollen within and among populations, documentation of the number and frequency of self-incompatibility genes within populations, the nature of pollen-pistil incompatibility, the level of competition among pollen tubes in open-pollinated pistils, and the response of populations to selection for greater levels of self-compatibility. His lab is also concerned with documenting the fitness liability of white-flowered variants through demographic studies of white- and red-flowered plants in natural Phlox habitats.


2995 Bixby, P., and D.A. Levin, Response to selection on autogamy in Phlox., Evolution 50: 892-899

2000 Levin, D.A., The Origin, expansion, and demise of plant species., Oxford University Press, New York.

2000 Kelly, M.G., and D.A. Levin, Direction selection on initial flowering date in Phlox drummondii (Polemoniaceae), Amer. J. Bot. 87: 382-391

1999 Ferguson, C.J., D.A. Levin, and R.K. Jansen., Natural hybridization between an outcrossing and selfing Phlox: the maternal species of F1 hybrids. 1998. Genetic and phenotypic correlations in plants: a botanical test of Cheverud's conjecture. , Heredity 80: 310-319

1997 Kelly, M., and D.A. Levin., Fitness consequences of emergence date in Phlox drummondii., J. Ecol. 85: 755-766

1996 Levin, D.A., The evolutionary significance of pseud-self-fertility., Amer. Natur. 148: 321-332

1996 Levin, D.A., J. Francisco-Ortega, and R.K. Jansen., Hybridization and the extinction of rare species. , Conservation Biology 10: 10-16

1996 Plitmann, U., and D.A. Levin., Microgametophytes in flowers with and without fruits in Phlox drummondii (Polemoniaceae)., Plant Syst. Evol. 201: 211-221