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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Cornell University Cornell University Cornell University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Richard Harrison


Hylodes phyllodes, a stream-breeding frog from Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil


Biology of Fishes class collecting at Oneida Lake


An Acacia tree backlit by the African sunset


Pisaster ochraceus in the intertidal


Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, growing in Ithaca

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Harrison, Richard


Richard Harrisonemail:
phone: 607-254-4223
room: E345 Corson Hall


Lab Website
Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics


A.B. 1967, Harvard College

Ph.D. 1977, Cornell University

Graduate Fields:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Genetics and Development


Evolution, speciation, population genetics and genomics

Research Focus

Current research in the Harrison laboratory focuses on using genetic, genomic, proteomic, and phylogenetic approaches to gain insights into population structure, evolutionary relationships and the origin of species. We are interested both in how DNA and protein sequences change over time and in using these changes as markers for understanding pattern and process in evolution. Much of the research in the Harrison lab is directed toward understanding the origin of species, the evolution of barriers to gene exchange, and the history and current dynamics of natural hybrid zones. The lab currently focuses on two model systems: (1) a well-characterized mosaic hybrid zone between two species of field crickets and (2) two "strains" of European Corn Borer which differ in pheromone communication system.

Recent Courses Taught

  • BioEE 2070 Evolution
  • BioEE 4530 Speciation

Selected Publications

Larson, E. L., J. A. Andres, S. M. Bogdanowicz, and R. G. Harrison. 2013. Differential introgression in a mosaic hybrid zone reveals candidate barrier genes.  Evolution 67:3653-3661.

Larson, E. L., C. G. Becker, E. R. Bondra, and R. G. Harrison. 2013. Structure of a mosaic hybrid zone between the field crickets Gryllus firmus and G. pennsylanicus.  Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.514

Andres, J. A., E. L. Larson, S. M. Bogcanowicz, and R. G. Harrison. 2013. Patterns of transcriptome divergence in the male accessory grland of two closely related species of field crickets.  Genetics 193:501-513.

Finseth, F. R., S. R. Iacovelli, R. G. Harrison and E. K. Adkins-Regan. 2013. A nonsemen copulatory fluid influences the outcome of sperm competition in Japanese quail.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:1875-1889.

D'Aloia, C. C., S. M. Bogdanowicz, J. E. Majoris, R. G. Harrison, and P. M. Buston. 2013. Self-recruitment in a Caribbean reef fish: a method for approximating dispersal kernels accounting for seascape.  Molecular Ecology 22:2563-2572.

Larson, E. L., G. Hume, S. M. Bogdanowicz, J. A. Andres, and R. G. Harrison. 2012. Post-mating prezygotic barriers to gene exchange between recently diverged field crickets.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25:174-186.

Larson, E. L., J. A. Andres, and R. G. Harrison. 2012. Influence of the male ejaculate on postmating prezygotic barriers in field crickets.  PLoS One 7(10):e46202. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046202.

Harrison, R. G. 2012. The language of speciation.  Evolution 66:3643-3657.

Nydam, M. L. and R. G. Harrison. 2011. Reproductive protein evolution in two cryptic species of marine chordate.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:18.

Walters, J. R. and R. G. Harrison. 2011. Decoupling of rapid and adaptive evolution among seminal fluid proteins in Heliconius butterflies with divergent mating systems.  Evolution 65:2855-2871.

Lassance, J.-M., S. M. Bogdanowicz, K. W. Wanner, C. Lofstedt, and R. G. Harrison. 2011. Gene genealogies reveal differentiation at sex pheromone olfactory receptor loci in pheromone strains of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis).  Evolution 65:1583-1593.