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Wendy Moore

Assistant Professor, Insect Systematics
Curator, University of Arizona Insect Collection
Positions and Education
  • Assistant Professor, Entomology, University of Arizona, 2010-present
  • Curator, University of Arizona Insect Collection, 2010-present
  • Research Associate, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2008-present
  • Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences, 2008-present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Entomology, University of Arizona, 2008-2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Systematic Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, 2006-2008
  • Ph.D., Entomology/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2006
  • Post-graduate NSF-PEET Fellow, College of Charleston 1996-1998
  • M.S., Marine Biology, College of Charleston, 1996
  • B.S., General Biology, Vanderbilt University, 1991

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Research Interests

My long-term research interest is the evolution of biotic diversity. I use molecular genetic techniques, morphological methods, and robust phylogenetic frameworks to identify and describe natural groups of marine and terrestrial arthropods, to study their diversification and patterns of distribution, and to elucidate the ecological roles and the importance of key innovations that have significantly affected their evolutionary histories. I am especially interested in the evolution of symbiotic lifestyles and investigating how major biotic, climatic, and tectonic events may have influenced the timing and patterns of diversification. Much of my current research is on the carabid beetle subfamily Paussinae, many species of which are obligate symbionts with ants. Other ongoing studies explore the evolution of adephagan beetles and bombardier beetles. Read more about my specific research projects here.

I also have a deep appreciation for the largely untapped value of data in natural history collections. Specimens are the physical evidence for virtually everything we know about biology, they anchor our species concepts, hypotheses of relationships among species, patterns of distribution, as well as our more general theories about evolution, biogeography and biodiversity. While collections represent the single largest source of information we have on planetary biodiversity, they are largely under-utilized and therefore also under-appreciated. I am committed to collections care and enhancement, and the use of bioinformatics to make collections-based data widely available to diverse user communities.

Selected Publications

Meyer, W.M, J. Eble, K. Franklin, R.B. McManus, S.L. Brantley, J. Henkel, P.E. Marek, W.E. Hall, C.A. Olson, R. McInroy, E.M. Bernal Loaiza, R.C. Brusca, and W. Moore. Submitted. Ground-Dwelling Arthropod Communities in the Santa Catalina Mountains, a Sky Island Range in Southeastern Arizona USA.

Renner, T., A. Romaine, and W. Moore. Submitted. Into the ant nest: molecular evolution of chemoreception in predatory paussine beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussinae).

Schaller, J.C. and W. Moore. Submitted. Molecular phylogeny of North American bombardier beetles (Carabidae: Brachininae: Brachinus) and confirmation of multispecies aggregations in southeastern Arizona.

Marek, P.E., W. Moore. In press. Discovery of a glowing millipede in California and the gradual evolution of bioluminescence in Diplopoda. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Arndt, E.M., W. Moore, W.K. Lee, C. Ortiz. In press. Mechanistic origins of the bombardier beetle (Brachinini) explosive pulsed chemical defense. Science.

Moore, W. In press. Sky Islands. In: A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. M.A. Dimmitt (ed.), University of California Press, Berkeley.

The Anopheles Genomes Cluster Consortium. 2015. Highly evolvable vectors: the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquitoes. Science Science 347 (6217): 1258522.

Moore, W. and J.A. Robertson. 2014. Explosive adaptive radiation and extreme phenotypic diversity within ant nest beetles. Current Biology 24: 2435-2439. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.022. pdf Highlighted in Nature 514:142.

Di Giulio, A., S. Fattorini, W. Moore, J. A. Robertson, E. Maurizi. 2014. Form, function and evolutionary significance of stridulatory organs in ant nest beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussini). European Journal of Entomology 111 (5): 692-702. DOI: 10.14411/eje.2014.083.

Brusca, R.C., J.F. Wiens, W.M. Meyer, J. Eble, K. Franklin, J. T. Overpeck, W. Moore. 2013. Dramatic Response to Climate Change in the Southwest: Robert Whittaker's 1963 Arizona Mountain Plant Transect Revisited. Ecology and Evolution. 3(10): 3307-3319.

Moore, W., W.M. Meyer, J.A. Eble, K. Franklin, J.F. Wiens and R.C. Brusca. 2013. Introduction to the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project (ASAP): systematics, biogeography, ecology and population genetics of arthropods of the Madrean Sky Islands. In: Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. 2012 May 1-5, Tucson, AZ. (G.J. Gottfried, P.F. Ffolliott, B.S. Gebow, L.G. Eskew, compilers). Proceedings RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Brusca, R.C. and W. Moore. 2013. A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press. 232 pp. (not peer-reviewed) Southwest Books of the Year: 2013 Award Winner!

Moore, W. and R.C. Brusca. 2012. A Brief Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains Arizona: With a Road Log for the Mt. Lemmon Highway and an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press. Tucson, Arizona. 88 pp. (not peer-reviewed)

Maurizi, E., S. Fattorini, W. Moore, A. Di Giulio. 2012. Behavior of Paussus favieri (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Paussini), a myrmecophilous beetle associated with Pheidole pallidula (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Psyche (Special issue: "Ants and Their Parasites.") doi:10.1155/2012/940315

Moore, W. 2011. Biology needs cyberinfrastructure to facilitate specimen-level data acquisition for insects and other hyperdiverse groups. ZooKeys 147: 479-486.

Marek,P., D. Papaj, J. Yeager, S. Molina, W. Moore. 2011. Bioluminescent aposematism in millipedes. Current Biology 21(18): 680-681.

Di Giulio, A., E. Maurizi, P. Hlavac, W. Moore. 2011. The long-awaited first instar larva of Paussus favieri (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussini). European Journal of Entomology 108:127-138.

Yevgeniya A., A. Arik, W. Moore, M.A. Riehle, M.R. Brown. 2011. Insulin-Like Peptides: Structure, Signaling and Function. IN: L.I. Gilbert (Ed.) Insect Endocrinology. Academic Press, London.

Moore, W., X. Song, A. Di Giulio. 2011. The larva of Eustra (Coleoptera, Paussinae, Ozaenini): a facultative associate of ants. ZooKeys 90:63-82.

Hughes, G.B. and W. Moore. 2011. Identification Tool to the Pink Bollworm and its Look-Alikes. Identification Technology Program, CPHST, PPQ, APHIS, USDA; Fort Collins, CO. []

Ziegler, R., J. Isoe, W. Moore, M. A. Riehle, M. A.Wells. 2011. The putative AKH receptor of Manduca sexta and its expression in fat body during development. Journal of Insect Science 11(40):1-14.

Fothergill, K., W. Moore, J. Losey, L.L. Allee, R.R. Smyth. 2010. First Arizona records of the multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 64(1): 51-52.

Di Giulio, A. and W. Moore. 2009. The first known larva of the Australian genus Mystropomus Chaudoir (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussinae). Australian Journal of Entomology 48: 140-148.

Maddison, D.R., W. Moore, M.D. Baker, T.M. Ellis, K.A. Ober, J.J. Cannone, R.R. Gutell. 2009. Monophyly of terrestrial adephagan beetles as indicated by three nuclear genes (Coleoptera: Carabidae and Trachypachidae). Zoological Scripta 38(1): 43-62.

Moore, W. and A. Di Giulio. 2008. Metrius Eschscholtz (Carabidae: Paussinae) is not a millipede specialist. Pan Pacific Entomologist 84(1): 33-34.

Moore, W. 2008. Phylogeny of the Western Hemisphere Ozaenini (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussinae) based in DNA sequence data. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 77(1): 79-92.

Gilbert, M.P.T., W. Moore, L. Melichor, M. Worobey. 2007. DNA extraction from dry museum beetles without conferring external morphological damage. PLoS One 2(3) e272.

Erwin, T.L. and W. Moore. 2007. A taxonomic review of the Neotropical genus Moriosomus Motschulsky (Insecta: Coleoptera, Carabidae, Morionini) with notes on the way of life of the species. Zootaxa 1438: 49-63.

Moore, W. and A. Di Giulio. 2006. Description and behaviour of Goniotropis kuntzeni larvae (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussinae: Ozaenini) and a key to genera of Paussinae larvae. Zootaxa 1111: 1-19.

Brusca, R.C., E. Kimrey, W. Moore (eds.). 2004. Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 201 pp.

Moore, W. 2004. Description of a new Hawaiian isopod, Synidotea oahu (Crustacea: Isopoda: Valvifera). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 117(1): 76-87.

Di Giulio, A. and W. Moore. 2004. The first-instar larva of the genus Arthropterus (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Paussinae): implications for the evolution of myrmecophily and phylogenetic relationships within the subfamily. Invertebrate Systematics 18(2): 101-115.

Moore, W. and R.C. Brusca. 2003. A monograph on the isopod genus Colopisthus (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cirolanidae) with the description of a new genus. Journal of Natural History 37(11): 1329-1399.


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