Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Polly Campbell

Polly Campbell
Office: (951) 827-6111
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3378 Spieth Hall
Email: polly.campbell@ucr.edu

Polly Campbell, Assistant Professor

Boston University, PhD 2006


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I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in the process of speciation, sex chromosome evolution, and the genetic and epigenetic basis of mammalian behavior. Current projects include sex chromosome evolution in North American voles, and the effects of placental dysregulation on maternal behavior and neural gene expression, using Old World mice. These distinct research areas are connected by my interest in conflict, as both a driver of evolution on sex chromosomes, and of mother-offspring or male-female interactions. My lab uses a variety of approaches, including genomics, behavioral assays, lab crosses and fieldwork.


  • Couger MB, L Arevalo, and P Campbell. 2018. A high quality genome for Mus spicilegus, a close relative of house mice with unique social and ecological adaptations. Genes|Genomes|Genetics 8: doi: https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.118.200318.
  • Bruck, JN, NA Allen, KE Brass, BA Horn, and P Campbell. 2017. Species differences in egocentric navigation: the effect of burrowing ecology on a spatial cognitive trait in mice. Animal Behaviour 127: 67-73.
  • Shipley, RJ, P Campbell, J Searle, and B Pasch. 2016. Asymmetric energetic costs in reciprocal-cross hybrids between carnivorous mice (Onychomys). Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 3803-3809.
  • Mack, KL, P Campbell, and MW Nachman. 2016. Gene regulation and speciation in house mice. Genome Research 26: 451-461.
  • Campbell, P, B Pasch, AL Warren, and SM Phelps. 2014. Vocal ontogeny in Neotropical singing mice (Scotinomys). PLoS ONE 9: e113628.
  • Luke, L, P Campbell, MV Sanchez, MW Nachman, and ERS Roldan. 2014. Sexual selection on protamine and transition nuclear protein expression in mouse species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20133359.
  • Campbell, P and MW Nachman. 2014. X-Y interactions underlie sperm head abnormality in hybrid male house mice. Genetics 196: 1231-1240.
  • Campbell, P, JM Good, and MW Nachman. 2013. Meiotic sex chromosome inactivation is disrupted in sterile hybrid male house mice. Genetics 193: 819-828.
  • Campbell, P, JM Good, MD Dean, PK Tucker, and MW Nachman. 2012. The contribution of the Y chromosome to hybrid male sterility in house mice. Genetics 191: 1271-1281.

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