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Greer Dolby

Assistant Research Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501

I'm an evolutionary biologist studying the co-evolutionary nature of Earth and life. I work at the interface of physical and biological processes across timescales; with training in geology and biology I choose projects motivated by this basic question: how does the physical evolution of Earth drive speciation and the diversity of life we see today? 


Boston University  B.A. 1. Earth Sciences  2. Biology w/ Spec. Conservation & Ecology  2008

University of California, Los Angeles  M.S. Biology 2013

University of California, Los Angeles  Ph.D. Biology 2015

Research Interests: 

Driving questions:

• What geo-climatic processes most drive speciation over recent and deep time?

• What is the range of organismal responses to a set of shared extrinsic forces?

• How can we quantitatively integrate disparate types of data (among geology, physics, biology)?

• How can we compare genomic divergence signatures across disparate types of organisms?


Ongoing research projects:

(1) sea-level change and diversification of coastal species

(2) speciation and geo-climatic evolution of the southwest

(3) psuedocongruence and evolutionary inference in geo-climatically complex regions.

(4) quantification of extrinsic evolutionary forces


select publications:

Dolby GA, Ellingson RA, Findley LT, Jacobs DK, (2018) How sea level change mediates genetic divergence in coastal species across regions with varying tectonic and sediment processes, Molecular Ecology, 27, 994–1101. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14487

Tollis M, DeNardo DF, Cornelius JA, Dolby GA, Edwards T, Henen BT, Karl AE, Murphy RW, Kusumi K (2017) The Agassiz’s Desert tortoise genome provides a resource for the conservation of a threatened species, PLoS ONE, 12:5, e0177708. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177708 2.

Dolby GA, Hechinger R, Ellingson RA, Findley LT, Lorda J, Jacobs DK (2016) Sea-level driven glacial-age refugia and post-glacial mixing on subtropical coasts, a palaeohabitat and genetic study, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283:20161571, 1–8. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1571 1.

Dolby GA, Bennett SEK, Lira-Noriega A, Wilder BT, Munguía-Vega A (2015) The geologic and climatic forcing of biodiversity surrounding the Gulf of California, Journal of the Southwest, 57:2–3, 391–455. DOI: 10.1353/jsw.2015.0005



Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 543Molecular Genetics & Genomics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 543Molecular Genetics & Genomics