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Carol D von Dohlen

Carol D von Dohlen

Professor and Co-Director Graduate Programs
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1981
M.S., University of Maryland, 1987
Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1991
Faculty: Biology Faculty
Location:  BNR 237
Office Phone:  435 797-2549
Fax:  435 797-1575
Utah State University
Department of Biology
UMC 5305
Logan, UT 84322-5305

Lab:                   BNR 20
Lab Phone:      797-1169


  • Molecular phylogenetics of aphids and other Sternorrhyncha
  • Evolution of aphid life cycles and host-plant associations
  • Aphid historical biogeography
  • Molecular characters in aphid taxonomy
  • Characterization of sternorrhynchan endosymbionts
  • Molecular systematics and behavioral evolution of spider wasps (Pompilidae) and other vespoid wasps



Undergraduate - BIOL 5530 Insect Systematics and Evolution; BIOL 3000 Biodiversity of Utah

Graduate - BIOL 6750 Phylogenetic Systematics; BIOL 6750 Graduate Special Topics - an ever-changing menu of subjects in evolution, molecular evolution, phylogenetics (methods; applications in biogeography, character evolution, molecular dating).



Pitts J.P., Wilson J.S., von Dohlen C.D. 2010. Evolution of the nocturnal Nearctic Sphaeropthalminae velvet ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) driven by Neogene orogeny and Pleistocene glaciation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 134-145.
Peccoud J., Simon J.C., von Dohlen C., Coeur d'Acier A., Plantegenest M., Vanlerberghe-Masutti F., Jousselin E. 2010. Evolutionary history of aphid-plant associations and their role in aphid diversification. Comptes Rendus Biologies 333: 474-487.

von Dohlen, C.D. 2009. Aphid molecular systematics: History, progress and prospects. Redia 92:39-45.

Foottit, R.G., H.E.L. Maw, C.D. von Dohlen, & P.D.N. Hebert. 2008. Species identifications of aphids (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aphididae) through DNA barcodes. Molecular Ecology Resources 8:1189-1201 .

Havill, N.P., R.G. Foottit, & C.D. von Dohlen. 2007. History of life cycle evolution and host plant associations of the Adelgidae (Insecta: Hemiptera) inferred from molecular phylogenetics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44: 357-370.
Brammer, C.A. & C.D. von Dohlen. 2007. The evolutionary history of Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera): the molecular phylogeny of a diverse family of flies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43:660-673.
Pitts, J.P., M.S. Wasbauer, & C.D. von Dohlen. 2006. Preliminary morphological analysis of relationships between the spider wasp subfamilies (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae): Revisiting an old problem. Zoologica Scripta 35:63-84.
von Dohlen, C.D., C.A. Rowe, & O.E. Heie. 2006. A test of morphological hypotheses for tribal and subtribal relationships of Aphidinae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aphididae) using DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38:316-329.
von Dohlen, C. D.2004. Macroevolution of aphid-plant relationships: An integrated approach. In, Aphids in a New Millenium. Proceedings of the VIth International Symposium on Aphids, pp. 385-390. (Ed. by J.-C. Simon, C.A. Dedryver, C. Rispe & M. Hullé). Versailles, INRA Editions.
von Dohlen, C. D. and D. A. J. Teulon. 2003. Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of New Zealand Indigenous Aphidini Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96:107-116.
von Dohlen, C.D., U. Kurosu, and S. Aoki. 2002. Phylogenetics and evolution of the eastern Asian-eastern North American disjunct aphid tribe, Hormaphidini (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 23:257-267.
von Dohlen, C. D., S. Kohler, S. T. Alsop, and W. R. McManus. 2001. Mealybug β-proteobacterial endosymbionts contain γ-proteobacterial symbionts. Nature 412:433-436.