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Charles Willis

Teaching Assistant Professor



Curriculum Vitae

Charlie is the course instructor for BIOL1001 and the BIOL1001 online course.

Education & Background

  • Postdoc appointment, Harvard University Current Harvard University Herbaria
  • Research fellow, Harvard University 2013-2015 Center for the Environment Duke University, Durham, NC, USA 2013
  • Ph.D. in Biology Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA 2009
  • A.M. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA 2005
  • B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Research Statement

My research is generally concerned with understanding how changing environments shape plant diversity on both evolutionary and ecological time scales. Currently, I am focused on using historical specimen data to study how historic climate change (over the past century) has impacted plant phenology and diversity across North America.


Willis, C.G., and K. Donohue. 2016. The evolution of intrinsic reproductive isolation in the genus Cakile (Brassicaceae). J. Evol. Biol. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13011

Davis, C.C., C.G. Willis, B. Connolly, C. Kelly, and A.M. Ellison. 2015. Herbarium records are reliable sources of phenological change driven by climate and provide novel insights into species’ phenological cueing mechanisms. Am. J. Bot. 102: 1599-1609.

Willis, C.G. and C.C. Davis. 2015. Rethinking migration. Science. 348: 766.



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