Findley Finseth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology


Keck Science

Areas of Expertise



My research program investigates the evolutionary drivers of biodiversity.  By complementing modern genomics studies of natural populations with classic genetics experiments, Findley’s work offers novel insight into the maintenance of genetic variation, the processes of adaptation and speciation, and the evolution of the genome itself.  



Ph.D., Cornell University B.S., University of Virginia


Awards and Affiliations

2010                Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Life and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University


2007, 2008      Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


2003                Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia


1999-2003       Echols Scholar, University of Virginia


Research and Publications

(Selected, see CV for complete list)

AC Case**, FR Finseth**,  CM Barr,  L Fishman. (2016) Selfish evolution of cytonuclear incompatibility in Mimulus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Accepted. **Shared first-authorship

M Hendrick**, FR Finseth**, M Matthiassen*, K Palmer*, E Broder*,  L Fishman. (2016) Top-down and bottom-up approaches combine to identify a major gene underlying monkeyflower adaptation to an extreme habitat.  Molecular Ecology, In press. doi 10.1111/mec.13752 **Shared first-authorship

FR Finseth, Y Dong, AS Saunders, L Fishman. (2015) Duplication and adaptive evolution of a key kinetochore protein in Mimulus, a genus with female meiotic drive.  Molecular  Biology and Evolution. 32:2694-706. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv145

FR Finseth, ER Bondra*, RG Harrison (2014) Selective constraint dominates the evolution of a novel reproductive gland. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 12: 3266-3281.

FR Finseth, RG Harrison (2014) A comparison of next-generation sequencing technologies for transcriptome assembly and utility for RNA-Seq in a non-model bird. PLoS ONE, 9:e108550.

FR Finseth, SR Iacovelli*, RG Harrison, EK Adkins-Regan (2013) A non-semen copulatory fluid influences the outcome of sperm competition in Japanese quail. Journal of Evolutionary  Biology, 26: 1875 -1889.

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11-12 Tuesday
9-10 Monday