Journal cover showing a white flying insect on a plant


Luna, D., N. MohanBabu, Josiah Johnson and D.M. Althoff. 2023. Host use by two sibling species of bogus yucca moths in relation to plant hardness and saponin content. Environmental Entomology 52:659-666.

Curé, A.E., D.M. Althoff, and K.A. Segraves. Whole-genome duplication in host plants facilitates host expansion of a specialist herbivore. Ecological Entomology 48:17-34.


Althoff, D.M. and K.A. Segraves2022. Evolution of antagonistic and mutualistic traits in the yucca- yucca moth obligate pollination mutualism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35:100-108.


Troeger, A., G.P. Svensson, H. Galbrecht, R. Twele, S. Bartram, J.M. Patt, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff, P.H.G. Zarbin, S. von Reuss, R.A. Raguso, W. Francke. 2021. Tetranorterpenoids as attractants of yucca moths to yucca flowers. Journal of Chemical Ecology 47: 1025–1041.

Vidal, M.C., T.J. Anneberg, A. Curé, D.M. Althoff and K.A. Segraves. 2021 The variable effects of global change on insect mutualisms. Current Opinions in Insect Science 47:46-52.


M.C. Vidal, S. Wang, D.M. Rivers, D.M. Althoff and K.A. Segraves. Species richness and redundancy promote persistence of exploited mutualisms in yeast. Science 370:346-350

Wang, S. and D.M. Althoff. Different genetic basis for ADH activity and plasticity in a novel alcohol environment for Drosophila melanogaster. Heredity 125:101–109.

Pellmyr, O., F. Kjellberg, E.A. Herre, A. Kawakita, D.H. Hembry, J.N. Holland, T. Terrazas, W. Clement, K.A. Segraves, and D.M. Althoff. 2020. Active pollination drives selection for reduced pollen-ovule ratios. American Journal of Botany 107(1):164-170.


Santos, M., M. Matos, S. Wang, and D.M. Althoff. 2019. Selection on structural allelic variation biases plasticity estimates. Evolution 73:1057-1062.

Porturas, L.D. P, T.J. Anneberg, A.E. Curé, S. Wang, D.M. Althoff, and K.A. Segraves. A meta-analysis of whole genome duplication and the effects on flowering traits in plants. American Journal of Botany 106:1-8.

Wang, S. and D.M. Althoff. 2019. Phenotypic plasticity can facilitate initial colonization of a novel environment. Evolution 73:303-316.

Francke, W., A. Tröger, G.P. Svensson, D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, and R.A. Raguso. 2019. The pattern of straight chain hydrocarbons released by yucca flowers (Asparagaceae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 45:46-49.


Darwell, C.T., Ayyampalayam, S., Leebens-Mack, J., Smith, C.I., Segraves, K.A., and Althoff D.M. 2018. Phylogenomic reconstruction of transcriptome data confirms the basal position of Prodoxidae moths within the order Lepidoptera. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 76:59-64.


Thompson J.N., Segraves, K.A., and Althoff, D.M. 2017. Coevolution and Macroevolution. Evolutionary Developmental Biology- a Reference Guide (Springer).

Darwell, C.T. and Althoff, D.M. 2017. The role of competition and abiotic tolerances in determining the geographical distributions of closely related Yucca species in Texas. Journal of Biogeography 44:1373-1382, link to publisher’s webpage.

Darwell, C.T, Segraves, K.A., and D.M. Althoff. 2017. The role of abiotic and biotic factors in determining coexistence of multiple pollinators in the yucca-yucca moth mutualism. Ecography 40:511-520. link to publisher’s webpage.


Plasman H.J. and Althoff, D.M. 2016. Assessing the contribution of geography and host use to genetic structure n New York populations of the parasitoid wasp, Aphidius ervi. Great Lakes Entomologist 49:184-198

Althoff, D.M. 2016. Specialization in the yucca-yucca moth obligate pollination mutualism: a role for antagonism? American Journal of Botany 103:1803-1809. link to publisher’s webpage.

Althoff, D.M. 2016. Coevolutionary diversification unfettered Evolution 70:1684-1685. link to publisher’s webpage.

Hembry, D.H. and Althoff, D.M. 2016. Diversification and coevolution in brood pollination mutualisms: windows into the role of biotic interactions in generating biological diversity. American Journal of Botany, 103:1783-1792. link to publisher’s webpage.

Darwell, C.T., Rivers, D.M. and Althoff, D.M. 2016. Rad-seq phylogenomics recovers a well-resolved phylogeny of a rapid radiation of mutualistic and antagonistic yucca moths. Systematic Entomology 41:672-682. ink to publisher’s webpage.

Rivers, D.M., Darwell, C.T. and D.M. Althoff. 2016. Phylogenetic analysis of NextGen data: examining the influence of gene genealogy conflict on analysis of concatenated data. Cladistics 32:672-681 link to publisher’s webpage

Althoff, D.M. and Segraves, K.A. 2016. The evolutionary ecology of mutualism. Elesevier Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, May 2016.


Darwell, C.T., Fox, K.A., and D.M. Althoff. 2014. The roles of geography and founder effects in promoting host-associated differentiation in in the generalist bogus yucca moth Prodoxus decipiens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 2706-2718. link to publisher’s webpage

Althoff, D.M., Fox, K.A., and T. Frieden. 2014. The role of ecological availablity and host plant characteristics in determining host use by the bogus yucca moth Prodoxus decipiens. Ecological Entomology 39(5): 620-626. link to publisher’s webpage

Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves and M.T.J Johnson. 2014. Testing for coevolutionary diversification: linking pattern with process. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:82-89. *featured on cover. link to publisher’s webpage

Althoff, D.M. 2014. Shift in egg-laying strategy to avoid plant defense leads to reproductive isolation in mutualistic and cheating yucca moths. Evolution 68: 301-307. link to publisher’s webpage


Althoff, D.M., W. Xiao, S. Sumoksi, and K.A. Segraves. 2013. Florivore impacts on plant reproductive success and pollinator mortality in an obligate pollination mutualism. Oecologia 173:1345-1354. link to publisher’s webpage


D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, C.I. Smith, J. Leebens-Mack, and O. Pellmyr. 2012. Geographic isolation trumps coevolution as a driver of yucca and yucca moth diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 898-906. pdf

Siefert, A., Ravenscroft, C., Althoff, D.M., Alvaer-Yepiz, J., Carter, B., Glennon, K., Heberling, Jr., J., Jo, In Su, Pontes, A., Sauer, A., Willis, A., and Fridley, J. 2012. Scale dependence of vegetation-environmental relationships: a meta-analysis of multivariate data. Journal of Vegetation Science, 23:942-951. pdf


D.M. Althoff. 2010. The evolutionary underpinnings of macroecology. Evolution 61: 291-294. pdf


Sklaney, M, D.M. Althoff, and K.A. Segraves. 2009. Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Yucca filamentosa. Molecular Ecology Resources 9:894-896. pdf

Kolaczan, C.R., S.B. Heard, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff and J.D. Nason. 2009. Spatial and genetic structure of host-associated differentiation in the parasitoid Copidosoma gelechiae. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22:1275-1283. pdf


Althoff, D.M. 2008. A test of host-associated differentiation across the ‘parasite continuum’ in the tri-trophic interaction among yuccas, bogus yucca moths, and parasitoids. Molecular Ecology 17:3917-3927. pdf

Smith, C.I., O. Pellmyr, D.M. Althoff, M. Balcazar-Lara, J. Leebens-Mack, and K.A. Segraves. 2008. Patterns and timing of diversification in Yucca (Agavaceae): specialized pollination does not escalate rates of diversification. Proceedings Royal Society of London Series B 275:249-258. pdf. supplemental

Pellmyr, O., M. Balcazar-Lara, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff, and R.J. Littlefield. 2008. Phylogeny of the pollinating yucca moths, with revisions of Mexican species (Tegeticula and Parategeticula; Lepidoptera, Prodoxidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 152:297-314. pdf


Althoff, D.M., M.A. Gitzendanner, and K.A. Segraves. 2007. The utility of AFLPs in phylogenetics: a comparison of homology within and between genomes. Systematic Biology 56: 477-484. pdf

Althoff, D.M. 2007. Linking ecological and evolutionary change in multitrophic interactions: assessing the evolutionary consequences of herbivore-induced changes in plant traits. In eds., T. Ohgushi, T. Craig and P. Price, Indirect Interaction webs:nontrophic linkages through induced plant traits. Cambridge University Press. contact author

Althoff, D.M., Svensson, G.P., and O. Pellmyr. 2007. The influence of interaction type and feeding location on the phylogeographic structure of the yucca moth community associated with Hesperoyucca whipplei. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43:398-406. pdf

Pellmyr, O., K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff, M. Balcazar-Lara, and J. Leebens-Mack. 2007. The phylogeny of Yucca. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43:493-501. pdf

Eigenbrode, S.D., M. O’Rourke, J. D. Wulfhorst, D.M. Althoff, C. Goldberg, K. Merrill, W. Morse, M, Nielsen-Pincus, J. Stephens, L. Winowiecki, , N. Bosque-Perez. 2007. Employing philosophical dialogue in collaborative science. BioScience 57:55-64. pdf


Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves, J. Leebens-Mack, and O. Pellmyr. 2006. Patterns of speciation in the yucca moths: parallel species radiations within the Tegeticula yuccasella species complex. Systematic Biology, 55:398-410. pdf

Pellmyr, O., M. Balcazar-Lara, D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, and J. Leebens-Mack. 2006. Phylogeny and life history evolution of Prodoxus yucca moths (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). Systematic Entomology 31:1-20. pdf


Althoff, D.M., K.A. Segraves, and O. Pellmyr. 2005. The community context of an obligate mutualism: assessing the role of pollinators and florivores in fruit set of Yucca filamentosa. Ecology 86:905-913. pdf

Segraves, K.A., D.M. Althoff, and O. Pellmyr. 2005. Limiting cheaters in mutualism: evidence from hybridization between mutualist and cheater yucca moths. Proceedings Royal Society of London Series B, 272:2195-2201. pdf

Svensson, G.P, D.M. Althoff, and Pellmyr, O. 2005. Replicated host-race formation in bogus yucca moths: genetic and ecological divergence of Prodoxus quinquepunctellus on sympatric yucca hosts. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:1139-1151. pdf


Althoff D.M., K.A. Segraves, and J.P. Sparks. 2004. Characterizing the interaction between the bogus yucca moths and yuccas: do bogus yucca moths impact yucca reproductive success? Oecologia 140: 321-327. pdf

2003 and prior

Althoff, D.M. 2003. Does parasitoid attack strategy influence host specificity? A test with New World braconids. Ecological Entomology 28: 500-502. pdf

Althoff, D.M. and O. Pellmyr. 2002. Examining genetic structure in a bogus yucca moth: a sequential approach to phylogeography. Evolution 56: 1632-1643. pdf

Althoff, D.M., J.D. Groman, K.A. Segraves, and O. Pellmyr. 2001. Phylogeographic structure of the bogus yucca moth Prodoxus quinquepunctellus: comparisons with coexisting pollinator moths. Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics 21: 117-127. pdf

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson. 2001. Geographic structure in the searching behavior of a specialist braconid: combining molecular and behavioral approaches. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 14: 406-417. pdf

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson. 1999. Comparative geographic structures of two parasitoid-host interactions. Evolution 53: 818-825. pdf

Thompson, J.N, and D.M. Althoff. 1999. Insect diversity and the trophic complexity of communities. In Ecological Entomology 2nd edition, eds. C. Huffaker and A. Gutierrez, John Wiley and Sons. pp. 537-552. link to publisher’s webpage

Thompson, J.N., B.M. Cunningham, K.A. Segraves, D.M. Althoff and D. Wagner. 1997. Plant polyploidy and insect/plant interactions. American Naturalist 150: 730-743. link to publisher’s webpage

Althoff, D.M. and J.N. Thompson. 1994. The effects of tail autotomy on survivorship and body growth of Uta stansburiana under conditions of high mortality. Oecologia 100: 250-255. link to publisher’s webpage