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David Tallmon, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology 
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences


796-6447 (Fax)

Anderson Bldg 205D, Juneau Campus



  • Ph.D. 2001, University of Montana
  • M.S. 1995, University of Montana
  • B.A. 1992, University of California Santa Cruz


My general interests are in evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. My focus is on understanding the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data. I have long-standing interest in combining population genomics and demographic information to infer important evolutionary and demographic parameters for wild populations. More recently, my post-docs and I have focused upon the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation.

I have used models based on likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation to infer demographic vital rates or effective population size with the goal of providing useful results and tools for conservation and evolutionary biology. As an example, some collaborators and I have recently developed an approach to infer effective size of a population using a single sample of microsatellite data and approximate Bayesian computation.

We focus on a number of different taxa in my lab, with current work on a handful of terrestrial and marine vertebrates and invertebrates, including: coastrange sculpins, giant Pacific octopus, red king crab, spruce grouse, file dogwinkles, ringed seals and boreal toads. I enjoy working with students who are highly-motivated, broadly interested in evolution and conservation, and focused on understanding population-level process using descriptive and manipulative approaches.

Curriculum vitae


The following articles are linked to full-text PDF files. For a complete list of recent publications please link to the curriculum vitae (RTF) page.

Tallmon, D.A., G. Luikart, and R.S. Waples. 2004. The alluring simplicity and complex reality of genetic rescue. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:489-496.

Tallmon, D.A., M. A. Beaumont, G.H. Luikart. 2004. Effective population size estimation using approximate Bayesian computation. Genetics 167:977-988.

Luikart, G.H., P. England, D.A. Tallmon, S. Jordan, P. Taberlet. 2003. The power and promise of population genomics: from genotyping to genome-typing. Nature Reviews Genetics 4:981-994.

Tallmon, D.A., E. Jules, N. Radke, L.S. Mills. 2003. Of mice and men and trillium: cascading effects of forest fragmentation. Ecological Applications 13:1193-1203.

Tallmon, D.A., H. M. Draheim, L. S. Mills, F. W. Allendorf. 2002. Insights into fragmented vole populations from combined genetic and demographic data. Molecular Ecology 11:699-708.

Newman, D. and D.A. Tallmon. 2001. Beneficial fitness effects of gene flow into recently isolated populations. Conservation Biology 15:1054-1063.

Tallmon, D.A., W.C. Funk, W.W. Dunlap, and F.W. Allendorf. 2000. Genetic differentiation of long-toed salamander populations. Copeia 2000:27-35.


  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Society of America
  • American Fisheries Society

Courses Taught:

  • B105 Fundamentals of Biology I
  • B106 Fundamentals of Biology II
  • B271 Ecology
  • B373 Conservation Biology
  • B375 Current Topics in Biology
  • B482 Evolution
  • B492 Biology Seminar
  • B498 Research in Biology
  • B396 Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology


Other Interests: telemark skiing, hiking, soccer and basketball


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