David M. Althoff


Ph.D.      Zoology                 Washington State University 1998

M.S.        Zoology                Washington State University 1993

B.S.         Zoology/Wildlife Biology       Ohio University 1990


Smith, C.I., O. Pellmyr, D.M. Althoff, M. Balcázar-Lara, J. Leebens-Mack, and K.A. Segraves.  2008. Patterns and timing of diversification in Yucca (Agavaceae): specialized pollination does not escalate rates of diversification. Proceedings Royal Society of London Series B 275:249-258. pdf. supplemental.

Pellmyr, O., M. Balcazar-Lara, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff, and R.J. Littlefield. 2008. Phylogeny of the pollinating yucca moths, with revisions of Mexican species (Tegeticula and Parategeticula; Lepidoptera, Prodoxidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 152:297-314. pdf

Althoff, D.M., M.A. Gitzendanner, and K.A. Segraves. 2007. The utility of AFLPs in phylogenetics: a comparison of homology within and between genomes. Systematic Biology 56:477-484. pdf

Althoff, D.M. 2007.  Linking ecological and evolutionary change in multitrophic interactions: assessing the evolutionary consequences of herbivore-induced changes in plant traits. In eds., T. Ohgushi, T. Craig and P. Price, Indirect Interaction webs:nontrophic linkages through induced plant traits. Cambridge University Press. pdf

Althoff, D.M., Svensson, G.P., and O. Pellmyr.  2007. The influence of interaction type and feeding location on the phylogeographic structure of the yucca moth community associated with Hesperoyucca whippleiMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43:398-406. pdf

Pellmyr, O., K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff, M. Balcázar-Lara, and J. Leebens-Mack. 2007. The phylogeny of Yucca. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43:493-501. pdf

Eigenbrode, S.D., M. O’Rourke, J. D. Wulfhorst, D.M. Althoff, C. Goldberg, K. Merrill, W. Morse, M, Nielsen-Pincus, J. Stephens, L. Winowiecki, , N. Bosque-Pérez. 2007. Employing philosophical dialogue in collaborative science. BioScience 57:55-64.pdf

Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves, J. Leebens-Mack, and O. Pellmyr. 2006. Patterns of speciation in the yucca moths:  parallel species radiations within the Tegeticula yuccasella species complex. Systematic Biology, 55:398-410.pdf

Pellmyr, O., M. Balcázar-Lara, D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, and J. Leebens-Mack. 2006.  Phylogeny and life history evolution of Prodoxus yucca moths (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). Systematic Entomology 31:1-20.pdf

Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves, and O. Pellmyr. 2005. The community context of an obligate mutualism: assessing the role of pollinators and florivores in fruit set of Yucca filamentosa. Ecology 86:905-913.pdf

Segraves, K.A., D.M. Althoff, and O. Pellmyr. 2005. Limiting cheaters in mutualism: evidence from hybridization between mutualist and cheater yucca moths. Proceedings Royal Society of London Series B, 272:2195-2201.pdf

Svensson, G.P, D.M. Althoff, and Pellmyr, O. 2005. Replicated host-race formation in bogus yucca moths: genetic and ecological divergence of Prodoxus quinquepunctellus on sympatric yucca hosts. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:1139-1151. pdf

Althoff D.M., K.A. Segraves, and J.P. Sparks.  2004.  Characterizing the interaction between the bogus yucca moths and yuccas: do bogus yucca moths impact yucca reproductive success? Oecologia 140: 321–327.pdf

Althoff, D.M. 2003. Does parasitoid attack strategy influence host specificity? A test with New World braconids. Ecological Entomology 28:500-502.pdf

Althoff, D.M. and O. Pellmyr.  2002.  Examining genetic structure in a bogus yucca moth: a sequential approach to phylogeography. Evolution 56:1632-1643.pdf

Althoff, D.M., J.D. Groman, K.A. Segraves, and O. Pellmyr.  2001.  Phylogeographic structure of the bogus yucca moth Prodoxus quinquepunctellus: comparisons with coexisting pollinator moths. Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics 21:117-127.pdf

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson.  2001.  Geographic structure in the searching behavior of a specialist braconid: combining molecular and behavioral approaches. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 14:406-417.pdf

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson.  1999.  Comparative geographic structures of two parasitoid-host interactions.  Evolution 53: 818-825.pdf

Thompson, J.N, and D.M. Althoff.  1999.  Insect diversity and the trophic complexity of communities. In Ecological Entomology 2nd edition, eds. C. Huffaker and A. Gutierrez, John Wiley and Sons. pp. 537-552.

Thompson, J.N., B.M. Cunningham, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff and D. Wagner.  1997.  Plant polyploidy and insect/plant interactions. American Naturalist 150:730-743.

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson.  1994.  The effects of tail autotomy on survivorship and body growth of Uta stansburiana under conditions of high mortality. Oecologia 100:250-255.



2006 University of Rochester, “Diversification within the yucca-yucca moth interaction-- exploring the continuum from mutualism to antagonism”

2004  Washington State University, “Specialization in the tritrophic interactions between yuccas, yucca moths, and their parasitoids”

2002  University of Idaho, “Specialization in species interactions and the consequences for diversification”

 2002  Archbold Biological Station, “Chance encounters, fine dining, and the rest is history: host use and the evolution of the yucca-yucca moth interaction”

 2001  Murray State University, “Patterns of speciation within the bogus yucca moth: comparisons with the true pollinator moths”.

 1998  Vanderbilt University, “Geographic structure in parasitoid-host interactions”


National Meetings:

2007  Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA. “To specialize or not to specialize: host use and genetic differentiation in the insect community associated with yuccas”.

2006 Society of Systematic Biologists Symposium, SUNY-Stony Brook, NY.  “Patterns of diversification in yucca moths and their parasitoids”.

 2005 Society for the Study of Evolution, Fairbanks, AK. “Diversification of yucca moths and their parasitoids”

 2004 Society for the Study of Evolution, Fort Collins, CO. “The impact of community members on the obligate pollination mutualism between yuccas and yucca moths” 

2002  Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ.  “Does parasitoid attack strategy influence host specialization?  A test with North American braconid parasitoids”.

 2001  Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI.  “Phylogeographic structure in the bogus yucca moth Prodoxus quinquepunctellus: comparisons with coexisting pollinator yucca moths”. 

1998  Society for the Study of Evolution, Vancouver, B.C.  “The geographic structure of parasitoid-host interactions”.


2008  NSF Ecology:  Direct and indirect effects of antagonists on mutualism.  Co-PI with Kari Segraves. Amount $351,265.

2003  NSF-Ecology: Host specialization and differentiation in parasitoids.  Co-PI with Olle Pellmyr.  Amount: $230,000.


 James King Ph.D. Fellowship, Dept. of Zoology, WSU, 1996

Guy Brislawn Outstanding Graduate Student, Dept. of Zoology, WSU, 1994


 Reviewer for American Naturalist, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Ecological Entomology, Ecography, Ecology, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Evolution, Heredity, Molecular Ecology, Oecologia, Oikos, and University of Chicago Press.

 Society of Systematic Biologists symposium, SUNY-Stony Brook, NY, June 2006.  “Patterns of codiversification in specialized communities”.  Co-organized with Kari Segraves.  $4000


 Ecological Society of America

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society for Systematic Biology


Research Assistant Professor Dept. of Biology, Syracuse University, 2006 – present.
Postdoctoral Fellow Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, 2002 — 2005
Senior Lecturer Dept. of Biology, Vanderbilt University, 2000—2002.
Lecturer Dept. of Biology, Vanderbilt University, 1999—2000.
Director Vanderbilt University Molecular Evolution Laboratory 1998—1999.