Craig Moritz

Position: Professor and Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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Research Institution: University of California, Berkeley

About Craig Moritz

Craig Moritz has a long-standing interest in the use of molecular techniques to discover vertebrate diversity and understand the evolutionary processes that gave rise to it. In the past, he used a combination of morphology, chromosomes, allozymes and RFLP analyses to investigate the genetic diversity and colonization history of Pacific island gecko lizards, and also contributed to our current knowledge of conservation genetics of marine turtles throughout the region. He is now leading the Terrestrial Vertebrate component of the Moorea Biocode Project, where one aim is to scale up from single-locus (COI) barcoding to genome-scale analyses of invasion history.

Most relevant publications:

Dethmers, Kiki E. M., Damien Broderick, Craig Moritz, et al. (2006). "The genetic structure of Australasian green turtles (Chelonia mydas): Exploring the geographical scale of genetic exchange." Molecular Ecology 15(13): 3931-3946.

Estoup, Arnaud, Mark Beaumont, Florent Sennedot, Craig Moritz & Jean-Marie Cornuet (2004). "Genetic analysis of complex demographic scenarios: Spatially expanding populations of the cane toad, Bufo marinus." Evolution 58(9): 2021-2036.

Clegg, Sonya M., Sandie M. Degnan, Jiro Kikkawa, Craig Moritz, Arnaud Estoup & Ian P. F. Owens (2002). "Genetic consequences of sequential founder events by an island-colonizing bird." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99(12): 8127-8132.

Fitzsimmons, Nancy N., Colin J. Limpus, Janette A. Norman, Alan R. Goldizen, Jeffrey D. Miller & Craig Moritz (1997). "Philopatry of male marine turtles inferred from mitochondrial DNA markers." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 94(16): 8912-8917.

Hillis, David M., Barbara K. Mable & Craig Moritz (eds) (1996). Molecular Systematics, 2nd edition. Sinauer Associates. Sunderland, MA.

Radtkey, R. R., S. C. Donnellan, R. N. Fisher, C. Moritz, K. A. Hanley & T. J. Case (1995). "When species collide: The origin & spread of an asexual species of gecko." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences 259(1355): 145-152.

Moritz, C., T. J. Case, D. T. Bolger & S. Donnellan (1993). "Genetic diversity & the history of Pacific island house geckos (Hemidactylus and Lepidodactylus)." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 48(2): 113-133.

Office: 3101 VLSB
Phone: (510) 643-7711
Fax: (510) 643-6264

Mailing address:
University of California, Berkeley
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140

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Research Keywords: biodiversity, population genetics