Peter Wimberger

Associate Professor of Biology, 1993-
University of Puget Sound

237A Thompson Hall
Phone (253) 879-2784
Lab phone (253) 879-2819
fax: (253) 879-3352

PhD Cornell University
BA University of Washington


CV (PDF format) 


Evolutionary Biology, Conservation and Population Genetics, Phylogenetics

Specific research projects at this time: genetic consequences of exotic mussel (Mytilus gallo provincialis) introduction in Puget Sound, conservation and population genetics of Sebastes (rockfish), Project GROWS (Genetic Research On Western Salmon) - a high school curriculum providing students the opportunity to do authentic research on salmon population genetics using RFLPS and microsatellites.


Biology 112 (Diversity of Life)
Biology 460 (Evolution)
Environmental Studies 400 (Sustainable Cities)
Science in Context 325 (Forest Policy)
Science in Context 328 (Salmon Recovery in the Columbia River)


Burr, J., P. Bentzen, L. Seeb, J. West, and P. Wimberger. Microsatellite analysis of genetic population structure of quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) from Puget Sound to Southern Alaska: Evaluation of distinct population segments. In prep.

Wimberger, P., J. Burr, A. Gray, A. Lopez, and P. Bentzen. 1999. Isolation and characterization of twelve microsatellite loci for rockfish (Sebastes). Marine Biotechnology 1:311-315.

Wimberger, P.H., R. Reis, and K. Thornton. 1998. Mitochondrial phylogenetics, biogeography, and the evolution of parental care and mating systems in Gymnogeophagus (Perciformes: Cichlidae. In (L. Malabarba and R. Reis, eds.) Advances in Neotropical Fish Systematics.

Wimberger, P.H., and A. deQueiroz. 1996. Comparing behavioral and morphological characters as indicators of phylogeny. In: Phylogenies and the Comparative Method in Animal Behavior, E. P. Martins, ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Collins, T.M., P.H. Wimberger and G.J.P. Naylor. 1994. Compositional bias, character-state bias, and character-state reconstruction using parsimony. Systematic Biology 43:482-496.

Wimberger, P.H. 1994. Trophic plasticity, polymorphisms, and speciation in vertebrates. In: Advances in Foraging Theory and Ecology, D.J. Stouder and K. Fresh, eds. Belle Baruch Press, South Carolina.

deQueiroz, A., and P.H. Wimberger. 1993. The usefulness of behavior for phylogeny estimation: levels of homoplasy in behavioral and morphological characters. Evolution 47:46-60.

Wimberger, P.H. 1993. The effects of vitamin C deficiency on body shape and skull osteology in Geophagus brasiliensis: implications for interpretations of morphological plasticity. Copeia 1993:311-319.

Wimberger, P.H. 1992. Plasticity of fish body shape: the effects of diet, development, family and age in two species of Geophagus (Pisces: Cichlidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 45:197-218.

Wimberger, P.H. 1991. Plasticity of jaw and skull morphology in the neotropical cichlids Geophagus brasiliensis and G. steindachneri. Evolution 45:1545-1563.

Maddox, G.D., R.E. Cook, P.H. Wimberger and S. Gardescu. 1989. Clone structure in four Solidago altissima (Asteraceae) populations: rhizome connections within genotypes. Amer. J. Bot. 76:318-326.

Wimberger, P.H. 1988. Food supplement effects on breeding time and harem size in the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). Auk 105:799-802.

Wimberger, P.H. 1984. The use of green plant material in bird nests to avoid ectoparasites. Auk 101:615-618.


Updated August 2004


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