Faculty and Research


William T. Starmer


Office: LSC 266
Phone: 315-443-2154; Lab: 315-443-7647


B.S., University of Arizona (1962-1964, 1966-1967)

Goethe Institute (1965)

Ph.D., University of Arizona (1967-1971)

Research interests

Ecological genetics of microorganisms and insects; population genetics and evolution; molecular evolution


Bio 345 Population Biology

Bio 454 Evolution

Bio 431/631 Theoretical Population Genetics

Selected Publications

Starmer, W.T. and M.A. Lachance. 2011. Yeast ecology. In: (Kurtzman, C.P., J. Fell and T. Boekhout, eds.) The Yeasts: A Taxonomic Study, 5th ed. Elsevier.

Slepecky, R. and W.T. Starmer. 2009. Phenotypic plasticity in fungi: A review with observations on Aureobasidium pullulans. Mycologia 101:823-832.

Yokoyama, S., H. Yang and W.T. Starmer. 2008. Molecular basis of spectral tuning in the red- and green-sensitive (M/LWS) pigments in vertebrates. Genetics 179:2037-2043.

Polak, M., L.T. Luong and W.T. Starmer. 2007. Parasites physically block host copulation: A potent mechanism of parasite-mediated sexual selection. Behavioral Ecology 18:952-957.

Domingue, M.J., W.T. Starmer and S.A. Teale. 2006. Genetic control of the enantiomeric composition of ipsdienol in the pine engraver, Ips pini. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 1005-1026.

Pattarini, J.M., W.T. Starmer, A. Bjork and S. Pitnick. 2006. Mechanisms underlying the sperm quality advantage in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 60:2064-2080.

Anderson, M., M.A. Lachance and W.T. Starmer. 2004.The relationship of phylogeny to community structure: the cactus yeast community. Am. Nat. 164: 709-721.

Publications list