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Zachariah Gompert

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Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Assistant Professor

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Office Location: BNR 355
DialPhone: 435-797-9463

Educational Background

PhD, Ecology, University of Wyoming, 2012
MS, Population and Conservation Biology, Texas State University, 2006
BS, Biology, Texas State University, 2004

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Gompert, Z., Mock, K.E, (2017). Detection of individual ploidy levels with genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) analysis. Molecular Ecology Resources
          • Messina, F.J, Gompert, Z., (2017). Evolution of host acceptance and its reversibility in a seed beetle. Ecological Entomology, 42, 42-50.
          • Kingston, S.E, Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, Braun, M.J, Heterogeneity and concordance in locus-specific differentiation and introgression between species of towhees. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi: 10.1111/jeb.13033
          • Gompert, Z., (2016). Bayesian inference of selection in a heterogeneous environment from genetic time-series data. Molecular ecology, 25:1, 121–134.
          • Lucas, L., Gompert, Z., Gibson, J.R, Bell, K.L, Buerkle, C.A, Nice, C.C, (2016). Pervasive gene flow across critical habitat for four narrowly endemic, sympatric taxa. Freshwater Biology, 61, 933-946.
          • Nosil, P., Feder, J.L, Flaxman, S.M, Gompert, Z., Dynamics of speciation: from gradualism to sudden regime shifts. Nature Ecology & Evolution
          • Mohammadi, S., Gompert, Z., Gonzalez, J., Takeuchi, H., Mori, A., Savitzky, A., (2016). Toxin-resistant isoforms of Na+/K+-ATPase in snakes do not closely track dietary specialization on toads. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283:1842, 20162111. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2111
          • Gompert, Z., Egan, S.P, Barrett, R., Feder, J., Nosil, P., (2016). Multilocus approaches for the measurement of selection on correlated genetic loci. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.13867
          • Gompert, Z., Messina, F.J, (2016). Genomic evidence that resource-based trade-offs limit host-range expansion in a seed beetle. Evolution, 70:6, 1249–1264 .
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, A., (2016). What, if anything, are hybrids: enduring truths and challenges associated with population structure and gene flow. Evolutionary Applications, 9:7, 909-923. doi: 10.1111/eva.12380
          • Gompert, Z., (2016). A continuous correlated beta process model for genetic ancestry in admixed populations. PLOS ONE, 11, e0151047. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151047
          • Harrison, J.G, Gompert, Z., Fordyce, J.A, Buerkle, A.C, Grinstead, R., Jahner, J.P, Mikel, S., Nice, C.C, Santamaria, A., Forister, M.L, (2016). The many dimensions of diet breadth: chemical, genetic, behavioral, and physiological perspectives on the interaction between a native herbivore and an exotic host. PLOS ONE, 11:2, e0147971. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147971
          • Gompert, Z., Jahner, J.P, Scholl, C.F, Wilson, J.S, Lucas, L., Soria-Carrasco, V., Fordyce, J.A, Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.L, (2015). The evolution of novel host use is unlikely to be constrained by trade-offs or a lack of genetic variation. Molecular ecology, 24:11, 2777–2793.
          • Gompert, Z., A Comeault, A., Farkas, T.E, Feder, J.L, Parchman, T.L, Buerkle, C.A, Nosil, P., , , (2014). Experimental evidence for ecological selection on genomevariation in the wild. Ecology Letters, 17:3, 369–379. doi: 10.1111/ele.12238
          • Comeault, A., Soria-Carrasco, V., Gompert, Z., Farkas, T., Buerkle, C., Parchman, T., Nosil, P., (2014). Genome-wide association mapping of phenotypic traits subject to a range of intensities of natural selection in Timema cristinae. The American Naturalist, 183:5, 711-727.
          • Soria-Carrasco, V., Gompert, Z., Comeault, A.A, Farkas, T.E, Parchman, T.L, Johnston, J.S, Buerkle, C.A, Feder, J.L, Bast, J., Schwander, T., Egan, S.P, Crespi, B.J, Nosil, P., (2014). Stick Insect Genomes Reveal Natural Selection’s Role in Parallel Speciation. Science, 344:6185, 738-742. doi: 10.1126/science.1252136
          • Lindtke, D., Gompert, Z., Lexer, C., Buerkle, C.A, (2014). Unexpected ancestry of Populus seedlings from a hybrid zone implies a large role for postzygotic selection in the maintenance of species. Molecular Ecology, 23:17, 4316–4330. doi: 10.1111/mec.12759
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Analyses of genetic ancestry enable key insights for molecular ecology. Molecular Ecology, 22:21, 5278–5294.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Genome divergence and the genetic architecture of barriers to gene flow between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa. Evolution, 67:9, 2498–2514.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.a, (2013). Geographically multifarious phenotypic divergence during speciation. Ecology & Evolution, 3:3, 595–613.
          • Nice, C.C, Gompert, Z., Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Lucas, L.K, Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Hybrid speciation and independent evolution in lineages of alpine butterflies. Evolution, 67:4, 1055–1068.
          • Buerkle, C.A, Gompert, Z., (2013). Population genomics based on low coverage sequencing: how low should we go?. Molecular Ecology, 22:11, 3028–3035.
          • Alberici da Barbiano, L., Gompert, Z., Aspbury, A.S, Gabor, C.R, Nice, C.C, (2013). Population genomics reveals a possible history of backcrossing and recombination in the gynogenetic fish Poecilia formosa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110:34, 13797–13802.
          • Forister, M.L, Scholl, C.F, Jahner, J.P, Wilson, J.S, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Narala, D.R, Buerkle, C.A, Nice, C.C, (2013). Specificity, rank preference, and the colonization of a non-native host plant by the Melissa blue butterfly. Oecologia, 172:1, 177–188.
          • Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Braun, M.J, Brumfield, R.T, Mcdonald, D.B, J A C Uy, , Zhang, G., Jarvis, E.D, A Schlinger, B., A Buerkle, C., (2013). The genomic consequences of adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation between species of manakins. Molecular Ecology, 22:12, 3304–3317.
          • Gompert, Z., A Buerkle, C., (2012). bgc: Software for Bayesian estimation of genomic clines. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12:6, 1168–1176.
          • Nosil, P., Parchman, T.L, Feder, J.L, Gompert, Z., (2012). Do highly divergent loci reside in genomic regions affecting reproductive isolation? A test using next-generation sequence data in Timema stick insects. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 164.
          • Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Mudge, J., Schilkey, F.D, Benkman, C.W, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genome-wide association genetics of an adaptive trait in lodgepole pine. Molecular Ecology, 21:12, 2991–3005.
          • Nosil, P., Gompert, Z., Farkas, T.E, A Comeault, A., Feder, J.L, Buerkle, C.A, Parchman, T.L, (2012). Genomic consequences of multiple speciation processes in a stick insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 279:1749, 5058–5065.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genomic regions with a history of divergent selection affect fitness of hybrids between two butterfly species. Evolution, 66:7, 2167–2181.
          • Gompert, Z., Parchman, T.L, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genomics of isolation in hybrids. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 367:1587, 439–450.
          • Gompert, Z., (2012). Population genomics as a new tool for wildlife management. Molecular Ecology, 21:7, 1542–1544.
          • A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2011). A hierarchical Bayesian approach to ecological count data: A flexible tool for ecologists. PloS ONE, 6:11, e26785.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2011). A hierarchical Bayesian model for next-generation population genomics. Genetics, 187:3, 903–917.
          • Forister, M.L, Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, (2011). After 60 years, an answer to the question: what is the Karner blue butterfly?. Biology Letters, 7:3, 399–402.
          • Forister, M.L, Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, Forister, G.W, A Fordyce, J., (2011). Ant association facilitates the evolution of diet breadth in a lycaenid butterfly. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 278:1711, 1539–1547.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2011). Bayesian estimation of genomic clines. Molecular Ecology, 20:10, 2111–2127.
          • Gompert, Z., Willmott, K., Elias, M., (2011). Heterogeneity in predator micro-habitat use and the maintenance of Mullerian mimetic diversity. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 281:1, 39–46.
          • Merrill, R.M, Gompert, Z., Dembeck, L.M, Kronforst, M.R, McMillan, W.O, Jiggins, C.D, (2011). Mate preference across the speciation continuum in a clade of mimetic butterflies. Evolution, 65:5, 1489–1500.
          • A Buerkle, C., Gompert, Z., Parchman, T.L, (2011). The n=1 constraint in population genomics. Molecular Ecology, 20:8, 1575–1581.
          • Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, Williamson, R.J, Buerkle, C.A, (2010). Bayesian analysis of molecular variance in pyrosequences quantifies population genetic structure across the genome of Lycaeides butterflies. Molecular Ecology, 19:12, 2455–2473.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2010). introgress: a software package for mapping components of isolation in hybrids. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10:2, 378–384.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2010). Secondary contact between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa in the Rocky Mountains: extensive admixture and a patchy hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology, 19:15, 3171–3192.
          • Teeter, K.C, Thibodeau, L.M, Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, Nachman, M.W, Tucker, P.K, (2010). The variable genomic architecture of isolation between hybridizing species of house mice. Evolution, 64:2, 472–485.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2009). A powerful regression-based method for admixture mapping of isolation across the genome of hybrids. Molecular Ecology, 18:6, 1207–1224.
          • Nice, C.C, Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., (2009). An unseen foe in arthropod conservation efforts: The case of Wolbachia infections in the Karner blue butterfly. Biological Conservation, 142:12, 3137–3146.
          • Lucas, L.K, Gompert, Z., Ott, J.R, Nice, C.C, (2009). Geographic and genetic isolation in spring-associated Eurycea salamanders endemic to the Edwards Plateau region of Texas. Conservation Genetics, 10:5, 1309–1319.
          • Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., (2009). Host range evolution is not driven by the optimization of larval performance: the case of Lycaeides melissa (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and the colonization of alfalfa. Oecologia, 160:3, 551–561.
          • Elias, M., Gompert, Z., Willmott, K., Jiggins, C., (2009). Phylogenetic community ecology needs to take positive interactions into account: insights from colorful butterflies.. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2:2, 113–116.
          • A W Nolte, , Gompert, Z., A Buerkle, C., (2009). Variable patterns of introgression in two sculpin hybrid zones suggest that genomic isolation differs among populations. Molecular Ecology, 18:12, 2615–2627.
          • Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Shapiro, A.M, (2008). Considering evolutionary processes in the use of single-locus genetic data for conservation, with examples from the Lepidoptera. Journal of Insect Conservation, 12:1, 37–51.
          • Elias, M., Gompert, Z., Jiggins, C., Willmott, K., (2008). Mutualistic interactions drive ecological niche convergence in a diverse butterfly community. PloS Biology, 6:12, 2642–2649.
          • Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2008). Recent colonization and radiation of North American Lycaeides (Plebejus) inferred from mtDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics Evolution, 48:2, 481–490.
          • Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, (2008). Widespread mito-nuclear discordance with evidence for introgressive hybridization and selective sweeps in Lycaeides. Molecular Ecology, 17:24, 5231–5244.
          • Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.h, Gompert, Z., Shapiro, A.M, (2006). Egg morphology varies among populations and habitats along a suture zone in the Lycaeides idas-melissa species complex (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae). Annals Entomological Society of America, 99:5, 933–937.
          • Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Shapiro, A.M, Nice, C.C, (2006). Homoploid hybrid speciation in an extreme habitat. Science, 314:5807, 1923–1925.
          • Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, A M Shapiro, , (2006). Identifying units for conservation using molecular systematics: the cautionary tale of the Karner blue butterfly. Molecular Ecology, 15:7, 1759–1768.
          • Crutsinger, G.M, Collins, M.D, ames A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, Sanders, N.J, (2006). Plant genotypic diversity predicts community structure and governs an ecosystem process. Science, 313:5789, 966–968.

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., (2016). Spatio-temporal ecological and evolutionary dynamics in natural butterfly populations (2015 field season). University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center *
            • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., (2015). Spatio-temporal ecological and evolutionary dynamics in natural butterfly populations (2014 field season). University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center *

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                Scheduled Teaching

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2017

                BIOL 4750, 6325 - Bayesian Analysis of Biological Data, Fall 2016

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2016

                BIOL 4750, 6750 - Topics in Biology, Fall 2015

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2015

                BIOL 4750,6750 - Topics in Biology (Topic), Fall 2014

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2014

                BIOL 6750 - Topics in Biology, Spring 2014

                Graduate Students Mentored

                Amy Springer, Biology, August 2016
                Alexandre Rego, Biology, August 2016
                Samridhi Chaturvedi, Biology, August 2014
                Alberto de Rosa, Biology, August 2014 - July 2015