Dr. Devin M. Drown
Institute of Arctic Biology
Department of Biology and Wildlife
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99775
Ph.D. Zoology Washington State University, School of Biological Sciences, Pullman, WA. Co-advisors: Dr. Mark Dybdahl and Dr. Richard Gomulkiewicz
B.A. Biology (honors) Grinnell College, Department of Biology, Grinnell, IA
2015 – present
Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Institute of Arctic Biology; Department of Biology and Wildlife
2010 – 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Indiana University
Research on how transmission mode and population structure influence in host-symbiont coevolution. Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Wade
PI. Coevolution and virulence of host-symbiont associations. Alaska INBRE Faculty Pilot Project ($40,000)
PI. Does permafrost thaw induce a shift to a more pathogenic microbial community? Alaska INBRE Bioinformatics ($9,584)
PI with Co-PI Mary Beth Leigh. The Human Microbiome. Alaska INBRE Curriculum Development ($14,957)
Postdoc/Coauthor with PI Michael Wade The effect of coinheritance on host-symbiont coevolution. NIH R01GM084238 ($659,743)
Co-PI with PI Mark Dybdahl. Local Adaptation and Diversification in Parasites. NSF DDIG 0808424 ($12,000)
FELLOWSHIPS and AWARDS
CITE Fellowship Chancellor’s Innovation in Technology and Elearning Fellows Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska INBRE Travel Award, University of Alaska Fairbanks
UNAC Travel Award, University of Alaska Fairbanks
NSF IGERT Fellowship Program in Evolutionary Modeling, Washington State University
Brislawn Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University
McNeil Memorial Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University
Graduate Scholar Award, Washington State University
Smith Science Award, Grinnell College
Gibson, AK, Drown DM, Lively CM. 2015. The Red Queen’s Race: An Experimental Card Game to Teach Coevolution. Evolution: Education and Outreach 8:10.
Drown DM, and Wade MJ. 2014. Runaway coevolution: adaptation to heritable and non-heritable environments. Evolution 68: 3039–3046.
Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, and Gomulkiewicz R. 2013. Consumer-resource interactions and the evolution of migration. Evolution: 67:3290-3304.
Drown DM, Zee PC, Brandvain Y, and Wade MJ. 2013. Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts. Evolutionary Ecology Research 15: 43-59.
Drown DM, Preuss KM, and Wade MJ. 2012. Evidence of a Paucity of Genes which Interact with the Mitochondrion on the X in Mammals. Genome Biology and Evolution 4: 763-768.
Dybdahl MF and Drown DM. 2012. Response to comments on “The absence of genotypic diversity in a successful parthenogenetic invader” by Mark Dybdahl and Devin Drown [Biological Invasions 13 (2011), 1663-1672]. Biological Invasions 14: 1647-1649.
Drown DM, Levri, EP and Dybdahl MF. 2011. Invasive genotypes are opportunistic specialists not general purpose genotypes. Evolutionary Applications 4: 132-143.
Dybdahl MF and Drown DM. 2011. Absence of genotypic diversity in a successful parthenogenetic invader. Biological Invasions 13: 1663-1672.
Gomulkiewicz R, Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, Godsoe W, Nuismer SL, Pepin KM, Ridenhour BJ, Smith CI, and Yoder JB. 2007. Do’s and Don’ts of testing the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Heredity 98: 249-258
Meekan MG, Vigliola L, Doherty PJ, Drown DM, Jones E, and Barber PH. 2007. Genetic identity determines risk of post-settlement mortality in a coral reef fish. Ecology 88: 1263-1277.
Moyer BR, Drown DM, and Clayton DH. 2002. Low humidity reduces ectoparasite pressure: implications for host life history evolution. Oikos 97: 223-228.
Johnson KP, Williams BL, Drown DM, Adams RJ, and Clayton DH. 2002. The population genetics of host specificity: Genetic differentiation in dove lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Ecology 11: 25-38.
Clayton DH and Drown DM. 2001. Critical evaluation of five methods for quantifying chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Journal of Parasitology 87: 1291-1300.
Johnson KP, Drown DM, and Clayton DH. 2001. A data based parsimony method of cophylogenetic analysis. Zoologica Scripta 30: 79-87.
Drown DM and Brown JM. 1998. Molecular phylogeny of North American oak-galling Cynipini (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) supports need for generic revision. Pp 241-246. The Biology of Gall-Inducing Arthropods (Csoka, G., W. J. Mattson, G. N. Stone, and P. W. Price eds). Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-199. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station.
Drown DM. 2015. Runaway nuclear-mitochondrial coadaptation leaves behind a residue of genomic conflict. Life Sciences Seminar Series at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK. (Link to video)
Drown DM. 2013. Species interactions shaping evolution. Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK.
Drown DM. 2010. Why organisms move: antagonistic coevolution and the evolution of migration. Brown Bag in Dept. of Biology at IU, Bloomington, IN.
Drown DM. 2010. Understanding range expansion using a worldwide invasive snail and theoretical approaches. School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, Pullman, WA.
Drown DM. 2010. Why organisms move: Migration evolution under the influence of kin selection and antagonistic coevolution. Theta group at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Drown DM. 2010. Why organisms move: Migration evolution under the influence of kin selection and antagonistic coevolution. EcoEvo Theory Group at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Drown DM and Boyette A. 2008. The evolution and transmission of disease avoidance behaviors. IPEM Seminar Series, Pullman, WA.
Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, and Gomulkiewicz R. 2008 Modeling dispersal in a temporally dynamic spatial patchwork. Palouse Ecology Evolution Seminar series, Moscow, ID.
Contributed Presentations (*Talks)
Drown DM and Wade MJ. 2015. Transitioning from pathogen to mutualist: the evolution of vertical transmission. ESEB 2015: European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Drown DM and Wade MJ. 2014. How to train your symbionts: antagonistic coevolution and the evolution of transmission mode. Evolution 2014, Raleigh, NC.*
Drown DM, Zee PC, Brandvain Y, and Wade MJ. 2012. Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts. Evolution 2012, First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Canada.*
Drown DM, Zee PC, Brandvain Y, and Wade MJ. 2011. Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts. ESEB 2011: European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Tuebingen, Germany.
Drown DM, Zee PC, Brandvain Y, and Wade MJ. 2011. Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts. EEID: Ecology and Evolution of infection disease, Madison, WI.
Drown DM and Dybdahl MF. 2010. Dispersal and range expansion in a worldwide invasive snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum. EvoWIBO: Evolutionary biologists in the Pacific Northwest, Port Townsend, WA.
Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, and Gomulkiewicz R. 2009. Migration evolution under the influence of antagonistic coevolution. Society for the Study of Evolution, Moscow, ID.*
Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, and Gomulkiewicz R. 2008. Genetic structure, spatial structure, and the evolution of migration. EvoWIBO: Evolutionary biologists in the Pacific Northwest, Port Townsend, WA.
Drown DM, Dybdahl MF, and Gomulkiewicz R. 2007 Evolution of migration in a coevolutionary system. Evolutionary Genetics of Host-Parasite Relationships, Roscoff, France.
Drown DM and Dybdahl MF. 2006. Host phylogeography in a coevolutionary system: influence on parasite adaptation and cladogenesis. Society for the Study of Evolution, Stony Brook, NY.*
IPEM Fellow, Washington State University
Competitive training fellowship which included interdisciplinary coursework and novel research project spanning the Biological and Anthropological disciplines.
Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute
Competitive training and interdisciplinary research in complex systems.
Senior Research Technician, Boston University
Molecular ecology research in marine fishes. Supervisor Dr. Paul H. Barber.
Research Assistant, University of Utah
Research on the coevolution of North American Doves and feather feeding lice resulting in multiple publications. Supervisor Dr. Dale H. Clayton.
Lab Technician, University of Pittsburgh
Research in plant evolutionary ecology including greenhouse and field experiments. Set up a molecular genetics lab and trained technicians. Supervisor Dr. Susan Kalisz.
Research Assistant, Grinnell College
Research on the molecular phylogenetics of North American oak galling Cynipid Wasps. Supervisor Dr. Jonathan M. Brown.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Principles of Evolution
Special Topics Seminars: Modern Synthesis, Adaptive Landscapes; Guest lecture: Coevolution-humans & diseases
2005 – 2010
Washington State University
Lab instructor: Introductory Organismal Biology, Marine Ecology; Guest lectures: Introduction to Mathematical Biology, Principles of Organic Evolution
Assistant in lecture and lab: Molecular Ecology and Evolution
University of Utah
Lab instructor: Molecular Evolution; Assistant in lecture: Principles of Ecology and Evolution, Principles of Biology II, Organismal Diversity Form and Function
1995 – 1996
Assistant in lecture and lab: Molecular Genetics, Introduction to Evolution and Ecology, Structure and Function of Organisms
SERVICE and OUTREACH
2015 – present
Evolution, Naturally Inspiring student blog on peer reviewed evolution research.
2009 – present
Coevolvers a blog on peer reviewed coevolution research.
2015 – present
Ad hoc reviewer for NSF
2011 – 2014
Contributor to NothinginBiology.org a blog on peer reviewed evolution research
2009 – present
Reviewer for The American Naturalist, BMC Genomics, Conservation Genetics,Ethology, Evolution, Genome Biology and Evolution, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Molecular Ecology, PLoS ONE, Proceedings of the Royal Society
2006 – 2010
Organizer for COEVOLVERS, a discussion and reading group of coevolution including faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from Washington State University and the University of Idaho
Designed and installed display on speciation for the Conner Museum at Washington State University in collaboration with Chad Brock.
2004 – present
Member, Society for the Study of Evolution
2010 – present
Member, European Society for Evolutionary Biology