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Jeffry B. Mitton
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of ColoradoBoulder, CO 80309
Tel: 303 492 8956

Fax: 303 492 8699









Jeff Mitton at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea

Research Interests

My primary research interests focus on the evolutionary forces that influence genetic variation within and among populations. DNA sequences of mitochondrial, chloroplast, and nuclear genes, and electrophoretic variation of proteins are used to characterize variation in populations of plants and animals. Phylogeographic studies are used to describe patterns of variation and to make historical inferences about glacial refugia and routes of migration.

PDFs of short biography (Bio) and full Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Selected Publications

Mitton, J. B. and K. L. Duran. 2004. Genetic variation in piñon pine, Pinus edulis, associated with summer precipitation. Mol. Ecol. 13: 1259-1264. (Mitton & Duran)

Kreiser, B. R., J. B. Mitton, and J. Woodling. 2001. Phylogeography of the plains killifish, Fundulus zebrinus. Evolution 55: 339-350. (Kreiser et al. 2001)

Carter, P.A., J. B. Mitton, T.D. Kocher, and J.R. Coehlo. 2000. Maintenance of the Adh polymorphism in tiger salamanders II. Differences in biochemical function among allozymes. Functional Ecology 14: 70-76. (Carter et al. 2000)

Oline, D. and J. B. Mitton. 2000. Population and subspecific differentiation in Pinus balfouriana. Evolution 54: 1813-1819. (Oline & Mitton 2000)

Latta, R. G. and J. B. Mitton. 1999. Historical separation and present gene flow through a zone of secondary contact in ponderosa pine. Evolution 53: 769-776. (Latta & Mitton 1999)

Mitton, J. B., M. C. Grant, and A. M. Yoshino. 1998. Variation in allozymes and stomatal size in pinyon (Pinus edulis, Pinaceae), associated with soil moisture. American Journal of Botany 85: 1262-1265. (Mitton et al. 1998)

Mitton, J. B. 1994. Molecular approaches to population biology.  Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 25: 45-69. (Mitton, 1994)

Cobb, N., J. B. Mitton, and T. G. Whitham. 1994. Genetic variation associated with chronic water and nutrient stress in pinyon pine. Amer. J. Bot. 81: 936-940. (Cobb et al. 1994)

Mitton, J. B. and M. C. Grant. 1984. Relationships among protein heterozysosity, growth rate, and developmental stability. Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 15: 479-499. (Mitton & Grant 1984)

Columns in the Daily Camera (Photos by Jeff Mitton)

Rock Squirrels Mob Rattlesnakes (Rock Squirrels, February 5, 2010) (Rock squirrel, prairie rattlesnake)

A Majestic And Raucous Gathering of Sandhill Cranes (Sandhill Cranes, April 16, 2010) (Sandhill cranes)

Marine Iguanas Older Than Their Islands (Marine Iguanas, December 11, 2009) (marine iguana, terestrial iguana)

Why Do Elk Tolerate Magpies? (Magpies on elk, April 30, 2010) (Magpies, elk, ravens)

Inconspicuous lizards evolved to blend in (Lesser earless lizard, December 25, 2009) (Lesser earless lizard)

Spadefoot Toad Adapts to Desert's Aridity (Spadefoot Toad, October 16, 2009) (Photos of Tunnel Slot, Spadefoot Toad)

Pika Race Against Winter Year Round (Pika, September 22, 2002) (Photo of a pika)

The Ribbon Forest on Buffalo Pass (Ribbon Forest, April 9, 2000) (Photos of ribbon forest)

Poisonous Perfumes (Ponderosa Pine, July 7, 2000) (Photos of ponderosa pines)

Immense and Ancient Quaking Aspen (Quaking Aspen, September 10, 2000) (Photos of aspen, including Pando, the world's largest living organism)

The World of the Burying Beetles (Burying Beetles, December 3, 2004) (Photos of burying beetles)

Colorado's Top Predator (Puma, December 18, 2004)

Evolution: Hypothesis and Fact (Evolution, January 1, 2005)

A New Species Amid Ancient Fossils (twinpod, May 13, 2005) (Photos of Bell's twinpod)

History Buried in the Cliffs ( pawnee, May 27, 2005) (Photos of fossil teeth)

Tents of Silk (silk, June 10, 2005) (Photos of tent caterpillars)

Chemical ecology of lupines (lupines) (Photos of lupines)

Thyme is of the essence (thyme, July 21, 2005) (Photos of thyme)

If These Rocks Could Talk... (Flatirons, December 9, 2005) (Photos of the Fountain Formation, and the Boulder Flatirons)

Microbes a Mile Down (DUSEL, September 9, 2005) (Photos of biologists sampling)

Spiral Trees on Windy Ridges (Spiral Grain, September 23, 2005) (Photos of limber pine with spiral grain)

Spider Crossing (Tarantula, December 23, 2005) (Photos of a Texas brown tarantula) hotos of a Texas brown tarantula)

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite (Cliff Swallow, November 24, 2005) (Photos of cliff swallow nests and chicks)

An Offensive Chemical Defense (Wild Bergamot, August 11, 2006) (Tortoise beetle, fecal shields)

Imitation Isn't Always Flattery (Swallowtail, July 28, 2006) (Swallowtail butterfly)

Some Photos From Field Experiences

Female Calliope Hummingbird Hummingbird

Darwin's Arch, Galapagos Islands


Colorado Division of Wildlife Cabin at Trappers Lake, Flatheads Wilderness, CO

The Wave, Paria Canyon - Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness