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David M.  Althoff

David M. Althoff

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

440 Life Sciences Complex

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology of species interactions, insect community ecology, molecular ecology, phylogenetics.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Idaho (2002-2005)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University (1998-2002)
  • Ph.D., Washington State University (1998)
  • M.S., Washington State University (1993)


  • BIO 105: Technology Inspired by Nature
  • BIO 345: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIO 400/600: Biomimicry

Selected Publications

  • Darwell, C.T., Segraves, K.A., & Althoff, D.M. 2017. The role of abiotic and biotic factors in determining coexistence of multiple pollinators in the yucca-yucca moth interaction. Ecography 40:511-520. 
  • Althoff, D.M. 2016. Specialization in the yucca-yucca moth obligate pollination mutualism: a role for antagonism? American Journal of Botany 103:1803-1809.
  • Darwell, C., Fox, K.A. and D.M. Althoff. 2014. The roles of geography and founder effects in promoting host- associated differentiation in the generalist bogus yucca moth Prodoxus decipiens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27:2706-2718.
  • Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves and M.T.J Johnson. 2014. Testing for coevolutionary diversification: linking pattern with process.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:82-89.
  • Althoff, D.M. 2008. A test of host-associated differentiation across the ‘parasite continuum’ in the tri-trophic interaction among yuccas, bogus yucca moths, and parasitoids.  Molecular Ecology 17:3917-3927.