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Benning, J.W., & D.A. Moeller. Plant-soil interactions limit lifetime fitness outside a native plant’s geographic range margin. in review.

Benning, J.W., & D.A. Moeller. Microbes, mutualism, and range margins: testing the fitness consequences of soil microbial communities across and beyond a native plant’s range. in review.

Briscoe Runquist, R.D., T.A. Lake, & D.A. Moeller. Improving predictions of range expansion for invasive species using joint species distribution models and surrogate co-occurring species. in review.

Lake, T.A., R.D. Briscoe Runquist, & D.A. Moeller. Predicting range expansion of invasive species: pitfalls and best practices for obtaining biologically realistic projections. in review.

Sullivan L.L., K.P. Sperry, M.J. Michalska-Smith, D.A. Moeller, & A.K. Shaw. Ignoring dispersal variation in network models can both over- and under-predict estimates of landscape connectivity. in review.




Ruane, L.G., S.M. Mangum, K.M. Horner, & D.A. Moeller. 2020. The opportunity for outcrossing varies across the geographic range of the primarily selfing Clarkia xantiana ssp. parviflora. American Journal of Botany, in press.

Hämälä, T., A.J. Gorton, D.A. Moeller, & P. Tiffin. 2020. Pleiotropy facilitates local adaptation to distant optima in common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia). PLoS Genetics 16:e1008707. pdf

Briscoe Runquist R.D., A.J. Gorton*, J.B. Yoder, N.J. Deacon, J.J. Grossman, S. Kothari, M.P. Lyons, S.N. Sheth, P. Tiffin, and D.A. Moeller. 2020. Context dependence of local adaptation to abiotic and biotic environments: a quantitative and qualitative synthesis. American Naturalist 195:412-431. pdf

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Benning, J.W.*, and D.A. Moeller. 2019. Maladaptation beyond a geographic range limit driven by antagonistic and mutualistic biotic interactions across an abiotic gradient. Evolution 73: 2044-2059. pdf

Benning, J.W.*, M.A. Geber, V.M. Eckhart, and D.A. Moeller. 2019. Biotic interactions contribute to the geographic range of an annual plant: herbivory and phenology mediate fitness beyond a range margin. American Naturalist 193:786-797. pdf

Gorton, A.J.*, P. Tiffin, and D.A. Moeller. 2019. Does adaptation to historical climate shape plant responses to future rainfall patterns? A rainfall manipulation experiment with common ragweed. Oecologia 190:941-953. pdf

Hargreaves, A.L., E. Suárez, K. Mehltreter, I. Myers-Smith, S.E. Vanderplank, H.L. Slinn, Y.L. Vargas-Rodriguez, S. Haeussler, S. David, J. Muñoz, R.C. Almazán-Núñez, D. Loughnan, J.W. Benning*, D.A. Moeller, J.F. Brodie, H.J.D. Thomas, and P.A. Morales. 2019. Seed predation increases from the Arctic to the Equator and from high to low elevations. Science Advances 5:eaau4403. pdf

Briscoe Runquist, R.D., T. Lake*, P. Tiffin, and D.A. Moeller. 2019. Species distribution models throughout the invasion history of Palmer amaranth predict regions at risk of future invasion and reveal challenges with modeling rapidly shifting geographic ranges. Scientific Reports 9:2426. pdf



Gorton, A.J.*, D.A. Moeller, P. Tiffin. 2018. Little plant, big city: a test of adaptation to urban environments in common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 176:1799-1809. pdf

Pironen, S., J. Villellas, W. Thuiller, V.M. Eckhart, M.A. Geber, D.A. Moeller, and M.B. García. 2018. The “Hutchinsonian niche” as an assemblage of demographic niches: implications for species’ geographic ranges. Ecography. 41:1103-1113. pdf

Bolin, L.G.†, J.W. Benning*, and D.A. Moeller. 2018. Mycorrhizal interactions do not influence plant-herbivore interactions in populations of Clarkia xantiana ssp. xantiana spanning from center to margin of the geographic range. Ecology & Evolution. 8:10743–10753. pdf



Moeller, D.A., R.D. Briscoe Runquist, A.M. Moe, M.A. Geber, C. Goodwillie, P.-O. Cheptou, C.G. Eckert, E. Elle, M.O. Johnston, S. Kalisz, R.H. Ree, R.D. Sargent, M. Vallejo-Marin, & A.A. Winn. 2017. Global biogeography of mating system variation in seed plants. Ecology Letters 20:375-384. pdf

Briscoe Runquist, R.D., M.A. Geber, M. Pickett-Leonard†, & D.A. Moeller. 2017. Mating system evolution under strong pollen limitation: Evidence of disruptive selection through male and female fitness in Clarkia xantiana. American Naturalist 189:549-563. pdf


2014 – 2016

Pettengill, J.B., R.D. Briscoe Runquist, & D.A. Moeller. 2016. Mating system divergence affects the distribution of sequence diversity within and among populations of recently diverged subspecies of Clarkia xantiana (Onagraceae). American Journal of Botany 103:99-109. pdf
Special Issue on “Evolutionary Insights from Studies of Geographic Variation”

Briscoe Runquist, R.D., E. Chu†, J.L. Iverson†, J.C. Kopp†, & D.A. Moeller. 2014. Rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between incipient outcrossing and selfing Clarkia species. Evolution 68:2885-2900. pdf

Gould, B., D.A. Moeller, V.M. Eckhart, P. Tiffin, & M.A. Geber. 2014. Local adaptation and range boundary formation in response to complex environmental gradients across the geographic range of Clarkia xantiana ssp. xantiana. Journal of Ecology 102:95-107. pdf

Briscoe Runquist, R.D. & D.A. Moeller. 2014. Floral and mating system divergence in screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-3-36-14-pmsecondary sympatry: testing an alternative hypothesis to reinforcement in Clarkia.
Annals of Botany 100:1916-1921. pdf
Special Issue on “Pollinator-Driven Speciation”

Bellemare, J. & D.A. Moeller. 2014. Climate change and the herbaceous layer of temperate deciduous forests. in. F.S. Gilliam, ed., The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America (2nd ed.), pp. 460-480. Oxford University Press.


2011 – 2013

Briscoe Runquist, R.D. & D.A. Moeller. 2013. Resource reallocation does not influence estimates of pollen limitation or reproductive assurance in Clarkia xantiana ssp. parviflora (Onagraceae). American Journal of Botany 100:1916-1921. pdf

Pettengill, J.B., & D.A. Moeller. 2012. Phylogeography of speciation: allopatric divergence and secondary contact between outcrossing and selfing Clarkia.
Molecular Ecology 21:4578-4592. pdf

Pettengill, J.B., & D.A. Moeller. 2012. Tempo and mode of mating system evolution between incipient Clarkia species. Evolution 66:1210-1225. pdfpresentation3

Moeller, D.A., M.A. Geber, V.M. Eckhart, & P. Tiffin. 2012. Reduced
pollinator service and elevated pollen limitation at the geographic range limit of an annual plant. Ecology 93:1036-1048. pdf

Editor’s Choice, Science, June 1, 2012 pdf

Winn, A.A., E. Elle, S. Kalisz, P.-O. Cheptou, C.G. Eckert, C. Goodwillie, M.O. Johnston, D.A. Moeller, R.H. Ree, R.D. Sargent, & M. Vallejo-Marin. 2011. Analysis of inbreeding depression in mixed mating plants provides evidence for selective interference and stable mixed mating. Evolution 65:3339-3359. pdf

Moeller, D.A., M.A. Geber, & P. Tiffin. 2011. Population genetics and the evolution of geographic range limits in an annual plant. American Naturalist 178:S44-S61. pdf

Eckhart, V.M., M.A. Geber, W.F. Morris, E.S. Fabio, P. Tiffin, & D.A. Moeller. 2011. The geography of demography: Long-term demographic studies and species distribution models reveal a species border limited by adaptation. American Naturalist 178:S26-S43. pdf


2008 – 2010

Eckhart, V.M., I. Singh, A.M. Louthan, A.J. Keledjian, A. Chu, D.A. Moeller, & M.A. Geber. 2010. Plant-soil water relations and the species border of Clarkia xantiana ssp. xantiana (Onagraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 171: 749-760. pdf

Goodwillie, C., R. Sargent, C.G Eckert, E. Elle, M.A. Geber, M.O. Johnston, S. Kalisz, D.A. Moeller, R.H. Ree, M. Vallejo-Marin, & A. Winn. 2010. Correlated evolution of mating system and floral display traits in flowering plants and its implications for the distribution of mating system variation. New Phytologist 185: 311-321. pdf

Eckert, C.G., S. Kalisz, M.A. Geber , R. Sargent, E. Elle, P.-O. Cheptou, C. Goodwillie, M.O. Johnston, J.K. Kelly, D.A. Moeller, E. Porcher, R.H. Ree, M. Vallejo-Marin, & A. Winn. 2010. Plant mating systems in a changing world. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25: 35-43. pdf

Johnston, M.O., E. Porcher, P.-O. Cheptou, C.G. Eckert, E. Elle, M.A. Geber, S. Kalisz, J.K. Kelly, D.A. Moeller, M. Vallejo-Marin, & A. Winn. 2009. Correlations among fertility components can maintain mixed mating in plants. American Naturalist 173: 1-11. pdf

Moeller, D.A. & P. Tiffin. 2008. Geographic variation in adaptation at the molecular level: A case study of plant immunity genes. Evolution 62: 3069-3081. pdf
Faculty of 1000 Biology, Recommended pdf


2005 – 2007

Moeller, D.A., M.I. Tenaillon, & P. Tiffin. 2007. Population structure and its effects on patterns of nucleotide polymorphism in teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis). Genetics 176: 1799-1809. pdf

Tiffin, P. & D.A. Moeller. 2006. Molecular evolution of plant immune system genes. Trends in Genetics 22: 662-670. pdf

Moeller, D.A. 2006. Geographic structure of pollinator communities, reproductive
assurance, and the evolution of self-pollination. Ecology 87: 1510-1522. pdf

Geber, M.A. & D.A. Moeller. 2006. Pollinator responses to plant communities and implications for reproductive character evolution; in L.D. Harder and S.C.H. Barrett, eds. Ecology and Evolution of Flowers, pp. 102-119. Oxford University Press. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., E. Dukeshire, J. Fontaine, S. Gutow, D.A. Moeller, J.G. Schuetz, T.M. Smith, S. Rodgers, & A.G. Zink. 2006. Pollinator limitation, autogamy, and minimal inbreeding depression in insect-pollinated plants on a boreal island. American Midland Naturalist 155:19-38. pdf

Moeller, D.A. & P. Tiffin. 2005. Genetic diversity and the evolutionary history of plant immunity genes in two species of Zea. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22: 2480-2490. pdf

Moeller, D.A. & M.A. Geber. 2005. Ecological context of the evolution of self-pollination in Clarkia xantiana: population size, plant communities, and reproductive assurance. Evolution 59: 786-799. pdf

Moeller, D.A. 2005. Pollinator community structure and sources of spatial variation in plant-pollinator interactions in Clarkia xantiana ssp. xantiana. Oecologia 142: 28-37. pdf


2004 and prior

Moeller, D.A. 2004. Facilitative interactions among plants via shared pollinators. Ecology 85: 3289-3301. pdf

Moeller, D.A. & B.A. Schaal. 1999. Genetic relationships among Native American maize accessions of the Great Plains assessed by RAPDs. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 99: 1061-1067. pdf

Schaal, B.A., L.J.C.B. Carvalho, T. Prinzie, K. Olsen, M. Hernandez, G. Cabral, & D.A. Moeller. 1997. Phylogenetic relationships and genetic diversity in Manihot species. African Journal of Root and Tuber Crops 2: 147-149.

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