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Michael F. Palopoli

Associate Professor of Biology

On leave for the fall 2014 semester.

Contact Information

130D Druckenmiller Hall

Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.


  • B.S. Psychology, University of Michigan, 1987
  • M.S. Biology, University of Michigan, 1989
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, 1995

Teaching Area

  • Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

  • My teaching and research interests are centered within the field of evolutionary genetics. Current research projects include: testing models of antagonistic coevolution by studying populations of nematodes that have evolved under different mating conditions; developing transgenic technology in fruit flies in order to test hypotheses about the function of non-coding DNA (collaboration with Jack Bateman); and using mitochondrial genome sequences to investigate the coevolutionary relationships between follicle mites and their mammalian hosts

(* indicates Bowdoin College undergraduate coauthor)

Palopoli MF, Peden C, Woo C*, Akiha K*, Ary M, Cruze L, Anderson JL, and Phillips PC. 2015. Natural and experimental evolution of sexual conflict within Caenorhabditis nematodes. BMC Evol Biol 15:93.

Palopoli MF, Minot S*, Pei D*, Satterly A*, and Endrizzi J*. 2014. Complete mitochondrial genomes of the human follicle mites Demodex brevis and D. folliculorum: novel gene arrangement, truncated tRNA genes, and ancient divergence between species. BMC Genomics 15:1124.

Bateman JR, Palopoli MF, Dale ST*, Stauffer JE*, Shah AL*, Johnson JE, Walsh CW*, Flaten H*, and Parsons CM*. 2013. Captured segment exchange: a strategy for custom engineering large genomic regions in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 193:421-30.

Palopoli MF, Rockman MV, TinMaung A*, Ramsay C*, Curwen S*, Aduna A*, Laurita J*, and Kruglyak L. 2008. Molecular basis of the copulatory plug polymorphism in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 454: 1019-1022.)

Prachumwat A*, DeVincentis L*, and Palopoli MF. 2004. Intron size correlates positively with recombination rate in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetics 166:1585-90.

Graustein A*, Walters J*, Gaspar J*, and Palopoli MF. 2002. Levels of DNA polymorphism vary with mating systems in the nematode genus Caenorhabditis. Genetics 161: 99-107.

Suzuki Y* and Palopoli MF. 2001. Evolution of insect abdominal appendages: Are prolegs homologous or convergent traits? Development, Genes, and Evolution 211: 486-492.
Suzuki Palopoli2001

Palopoli MF. 2000. Genetic partners in crime: Evolution of an ultraselfish supergene that specializes in sperm sabotage. Pp. 113-116 in Wolf, J, ED Brodie III, and MJ Wade, (eds.) Epistasis and the Evolutionary Process. Oxford Press, Oxford.

Palopoli MF and Patel NH. 1998. Evolution of the interaction between Hox genes and a downstream target. Current Biology 8: 587-590.

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