Sean Schoville

Prof. Sean Schoville

Sean Schoville

Associate Professor

637 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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University of California, Berkeley, May 2009
Ph.D. in Environmental Science Policy and Management

State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2001-2002
Doctoral Candidate

University of California, Berkeley, May 2000
B.A. with Honors in Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley, May 2000
B.A. in English Literature

Research in my lab focuses on species diversity, determining the role of ecological and evolutionary processes in generating this diversity, and developing management and conservation strategies that incorporate these processes. We develop and apply genetic approaches to address research questions, often integrating spatial environmental data, ecological studies, physiological experiments, and morphological variation.

The major research themes of my lab include:

Rapid evolutionary change
Biogeography, local adaptation and gene flow
Biological responses to global change
Species diversity and conservation
Alpine Biology

Entomology/Genetics 472: Molecular Evolution
Entomology 875: Landscape Genomics Seminar

Professional Societies:
Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB)
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)


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Weng, Y., B.M. Veire, R.Y. Dudko, M. Medeiros, D.H. Kavanaugh, and S.D. Schoville. 2020. Rapid speciation and ecological divergence into North American alpine habitats: the Nippononebria (Coleoptera: Carabidae) species complex. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 130(1): 18-33. Link to article

Thomas, G.W.C., et al. 2020. Gene content evolution in the arthropods. Genome Biology 21: 15. Link to article

Slatyer, R.A., S.D. Schoville (co-first author), C.R. Nufio, and L.B. Buckley. Do differential rates of gene flow underlie variation in phenotypic and phenological clines in montane grasshoppers? Ecology and Evolution 10(2):980-997. Link to article.

Zaman, K., M.K. Hubert, and S.D. Schoville. 2019. Testing the role of ecological selection on color pattern variation in the butterfly Parnassius clodius. Molecular Ecology 28: 50586-5102. Link to article. Featured in the Molecular Ecology Spotlight.

Crossley, M.S., S. Rondon, and S.D. Schoville. 2019. Effects of contemporary agricultural land cover on Colorado potato beetle genetic differentiation in the Columbia Basin and Central Sands. Ecology and Evolution 9(16): 9385-9394. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., T.A. Bougie, R.Y. Dudko, and MJ. Medeiros. 2019. Has past climate change effected cold-specialized species differentially through space and time? Systematic Entomology 44(3): 571-587. Link to article

Rodríguez-Bonilla, L., F. Rodríguez Bonilla, D. Matusinec, E. Wiesman, S.D. Schoville, A. Atucha, and J. Zalapa. 2019. Exploring the genetic diversity of wild cranberry populations in the Upper Midwestern U.S. Crop Science 59(6): 2413-2428.Link to article

Schoville, S.D., and S.M. Rovito. 2019. Biogeography of North American Highlands. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. Link to article

Crossley, M., S.I. Rondon, and S.D. Schoville. 2019. Patterns of genetic differentiation in Colorado potato beetle correlate with contemporary, not historic, potato land cover. Evolutionary Applications 12: 804-814. Link to article

Schoville, S.D. 2019. Grylloblattodea of Canada. Zookeys 819: 271–276. Link to article

Clements, J., S. Schoville, A. Clements, D. Amezian, T. Davis, B. Sanchez-Sedillo, C. Bradfield, A.S. Huseth, and R.L. Groves. 2018. Agricultural fungicides inadvertently influence the fitness of Colorado potato beetles, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, and their susceptibility to insecticides. Scientific Reports 8: 13282. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., Y.H. Chen, et al. 2018. A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Science Reports 8: 1931. Link to article

Chen, Y.H., and S.D. Schoville. 2018. Editorial overview: Ecology: Ecological adaptation in agroecosystems: novel opportunities to integrate evolutionary biology and agricultural entomology. Current Opinion in Insect Science 26: iv-viii. Link to article

Pélissié, B., M. Crossley, Z. Cohen, and S.D. Schoville. 2018. Population genomics provide insight on mechanisms of rapid evolution in insect pests. Current Opinion in Insect Science 26: 8-16. Link to article

Crossley, M.S., S.D. Schoville, D.M. Haagenson, and S.H. Jansky. 2018. Plant resistance to Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in diploid F2 families derived from crosses between cultivated and wild potato. Journal of Economic Entomology 111(4): 1875-1884. Link to article

Brevik, K., S.D. Schoville, D. Mota-Sanchez, and Y.H. Chen. 2018. Pesticide durability and the evolution of resistance: A novel application of survival analysis. Pest Management Science 74: 1953–1963. Link to article

Izzo, V., Y.H. Chen, S.D. Schoville, C. Wang, and D.J. Hawthorne. 2018. Origin of pest lineages of the Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 111(2): 868-878. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., A. Dalongeville, G. Viennois, F. Gugerli, P. Taberlet, B. Lequette, N. Alvarez, and S. Manel. 2018. Preserving genetic connectivity in the European Alps protected area network. Biological Conservation 218: 99-109. Link to article

Crossley, M.S., Z. Cohen, B. Pélissié, and S.D. Schoville. 2018. Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) observed feeding on Chamaesaracha sp. in Eastern Colorado. Great Lakes Entomologist 50(2): 10.

Crossley, M., S.I. Rondon, and S.D. Schoville. 2018. A Comparison of resistance to imidacloprid in Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say) populations collected in the Northwest and Midwest U.S. American J. Potato Research 95: 495-503. Link to article

Eberhard, M.J.B., S.D. Schoville, and K.-D. Klass. 2018. Biodiversity of Grylloblattodea and Mantophasmatodea. pp. 335-357 in R.G. Foottit and P.H. Adler (eds.), Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society, Volume 2, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. Link to article

Crossley, M., Y. Chen, R. Groves and S.D. Schoville. 2017. Landscape genomics of Colorado potato beetle provides evidence of polygenic adaptation to insecticides. Molecular Ecology 26(22): 6284–6300. Link to article

Rovito, S.M., and S.D. Schoville. 2017. Testing models of refugial isolation, colonization, and population connectivity in two species of montane salamanders. Heredity 119: 265-274. Link to article

Tojo, K., K. Sekine, M. Takenaka, Y. Isaka, S. Komaki, T. Suzuki, and S.D. Schoville. 2017. Species diversity of insects in Japan: Their origins and diversification process. Entomological Science 20(1): 357-381. Link to article

Clements, J., S. Schoville, N. Clements, S. Chapman, and R.L. Groves. 2017. Temporal patterns of imidacloprid resistance throughout a growing season in Leptinotarsa decemlineata populations. Pest Management Science 73(3): 641-650. Link to article

Clements, J., S. Schoville, N. Peterson, A.S. Huseth, Q. Lan, and R.L. Groves. 2017. RNA interference of three up-regulated transcripts associated with insecticide resistance in an imidacloprid resistant population of Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 135: 35-40. Link to article

Medeiros, M.J. and S.D. Schoville. 2017. Two new records of wing-reduced Tipulidae from North America. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 4 64(2): 31-35.

Slatyer, R.A., and S.D. Schoville 2016. Physiological limits along an elevational gradient in a radiation of montane ground beetles. PLoS One 11(4): e0151959. Link to article

Clements, J., S. Schoville, N. Peterson, R. Groves, and Q. Lan. 2016. Characterizing molecular mechanisms of imidacloprid resistance in select populations of Leptinotarsa decemlineata in the Central Sands region of Wisconsin. PLoS One 11(1): e0147844. Link to article

François, O., H. Martins, K. Caye, S.D. Schoville. 2016. Controlling false discoveries in genome scans for selection. Molecular Ecology 25(2): 454-469. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., R.S. Slatyer, J.C. Bergdahl, and G.A. Valdez. 2015. Conserved and narrow temperature limits in alpine insects: thermotolerance and supercooling points of the ice-crawlers, Grylloblatta (Insecta: Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 78: 55-61. Link to article

Frichot, E., S.D. Schoville, P. de Villemereuil, O. Gaggiotti, O. François. 2015. Detecting adaptive evolution based on association with ecological gradients: Orientation matters! Heredity 115: 22-28. Link to article

Barreto, F., S.D. Schoville, and R.S. Burton. Accepted 2014. Reverse genetics in the tidepool: Knockdown of target gene expression via RNA interference in the copepod Tigriopus californicus. Molecular Ecology Resources 5(4): 868–879. Link to article. Featured in the The Molecular Ecologist.

Schoville, S.D. 2014. Recent progress in the systematics and evolutionary biology of Grylloblattidae (Grylloblattodea). Systematic Entomology 39(2): 197-204. Link to article

Wipfler, B., M. Bai, S. Schoville, R. Dallai, T. Uchifune, R. Machida, Y. Cui, and R.G. Beutel. 2014. Ice Crawlers (Grylloblattodea) – the history of the investigation of a highly unusual group of insects Journal of Insect Biodiversity 2(2): 1-25.Link to article

Schoville, S.D.. 2014. Ice-Crawlers. pp. 283-286. in J. Roth (ed.), The Klamath-Siskiyous: Timely Treasures of an Iconic Bioregion. National Park Service.

Schoville, S.D., I. Widmer, M. Deschamps-Cottin, M. Lizée, L. Després, D. Rioux, L. Gielly, and S. Manel. 2013. Morphological clines and weak drift along an urbanization gradient in the butterfly, Pieris rapaePLoS One 8(12): e83095. Link to article

Schoville, S.D. and G.O. Graening. 2013. Updated checklist of the ice-crawlers (Insecta: Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae) of North America, with notes on their natural history, biogeography and conservation. Zootaxa 3737(4): 351-378. Link to article

Joost, S., S. Vuilleumier, J. Jensen, S. Schoville, K. Leempoel, I. Widmer, S. Stucki, C. Melo de Lima, J. Roland, S. Manel. 2013. Uncovering the genetic basis of adaptive change: on the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. Molecular Ecology 22: 3659-3665. Link to article

Frichot, E., S. Schoville, G. Bouchard, and O. François. 2013. Testing for associations between loci and environmental gradients using latent factor mixed models. Molecular Biology and Evolution 30: 1687-1699. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., T. Uchifune, and R. Machida. 2013. Colliding fragment islands transport independent lineages of endemic rock-crawlers (Grylloblattidea: Grylloblattidae) in the Japanese archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 915-927. Link to article

Harris, E.S.J., S. Cao, S.D. Schoville, C. Dong, W. Wang, Z. Jian, Z. Zhao, D.M. Eisenberg, and J. Clardy. 2012. Selection for high oridonin yield in the Chinese medicinal plant Isodon (Lamiaceae) using a combined phylogenetics and population genetics approach. PLoS One 7(11): e50753. Link to article

Frichot, E., S. Schoville, G. Bouchard, and O. François. 2012. Correcting principal component maps for effects of spatial autocorrelation in population genetic data. Frontiers in Genetics 3: 00254. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., F.S. Barreto, G.W. Moy, and R.S. Burton. 2012. Investigating the molecular basis of local adaptation to thermal stress: population differences in gene expression across the transcriptome of the copepod Tigriopus californicus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 170. Link to article

Schoville, S.D. 2012. Three new species of Grylloblatta Walker (Insecta: Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae), from southern Oregon and northern California. Zootaxa 3412: 42-52. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., A. Lam, G.K. Roderick. 2012. A rangewide genetic bottleneck overwhelms landscape heterogeneity and local abundance in shaping genetic patterns of an alpine butterfly (Lepidoptera: Pieridae: Colias behrii). Molecular Ecology 21: 4242-4256. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., A. Bonin, O. François, S. Lobreaux, C. MeloDelima, and S. Manel. 2012. Adaptive genetic variation on the landscape: methods and cases. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 43: 23-43. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., G.K. Roderick, and D.H. Kavanaugh. 2012. Testing the “Pleistocene species pump” in alpine habitats: lineage diversification of flightless ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Nebria) in relation to altitudinal zonation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107: 95-111. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., J.M. Flowers, J.M., and R.S. Burton. 2012. Diversifying selection underlies the origin of allozyme polymorphism at the Phosphoglucose-isomerase locus in Tigriopus californicusPLoS One 7(6): e40035. Link to article

Swei, A., J.J.L. Rowley, D. Rödder, M.L.L. Diesmos, A.C. Diesmos, C.J. Briggs, R. Brown, T.T. Cao, T.L. Cheng, R.A. Chong, B. Han, J-M. Hero, H.D. Hoang, M.D. Kusrini, D.T.T. Le, J.A. McGuire, M. Meegaskumbura, M.-S. Min, D.G. Mulcahy, T. Neang, S. Phimmachak, D-Q. Rao, N. M. Reeder, S.D. Schoville, N. Sivongxay, N. Srei, M. Stöck, B.L. Stuart, L.S. Torres, D.T.A. Tran, T.S. Tunstall, D. Vieites, and V.T. Vredenburg. 2011. Is chytridiomycosis an emerging infectious disease in Asia? PLoS One 6: e23179. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., T.S. Tunstall, V.T. Vredenburg, A. R. Backlin, E. Gallegos, D.A. Wood,  and R.N. Fisher. 2011. Conservation genetics of evolutionary lineages of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog, Rana muscosa (Amphibia: Ranidae), in southern California. Biological Conservation 144(2011): 2031-2040. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., M. Stuckey, and G.K. Roderick. 2011. Pleistocene origins and population history of a neoendemic alpine butterfly. Molecular Ecology 20:1233-1247. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., and B-W. Kim. 2011. Phylogenetic relationships and relictualism of rock-crawlers (Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae) in cave and mountain habitats of Korea. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104(2): 337-347. Link to article

Schoville, S.D., and G.K. Roderick. 2010. Evolutionary diversification of cryophilic Grylloblatta species (Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae) in alpine habitats of California. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 163. Link to article

Schoville, S.D. 2010. Natural history and biogeography of Grylloblattodea in Japan and North America. New Entomologist 59(1,2): 1-7.

Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium. 2010. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 October 2009-30 November 2009. Molecular Ecology Resources 10(2): 404-408. Link to article

Schoville, S.D.,and G. K. Roderick. 2009. Alpine biogeography of a Parnassian butterfly during Quaternary climate cycles in North America. Molecular Ecology 15: 3471-3485. Link to article

Kavanaugh, D.H., and S.D. Schoville. 2009. A new and endemic species of Nebria Latreille (Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae: Nebriinae), threatened by climate change in the Trinity Alps of Northern California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 4 60(7): 71-82. pdf

Schoville, S.D. 2009. Alpine Butterfly Resurvey, Final Report. Scientific Report to Yosemite National Park, California, U.S.A.

Vredenburg, V.T., T. Tunstall, H. Nguyen, J. Romansic, and S. Schoville. 2001. Natural history notes: Hydromantes platycephalus (Mt. Lyell salamander) behavior. Herpetological Review 32(3): 178.

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