Professor of Plant Biology
Ph.D. (1999) University of Georgia

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Selected Publications:
  • Liu, A. and J.M. Burke. 2006. Patterns of nucleotide diversity in wild and cultivated sunflower. Genetics 173: 321-330.
  • Chapman, M.A. and J.M. Burke. 2006. Letting the gene out of the bottle: the population genetics of GM crops. New Phytologist 170: 429-443.
  • Arnold, M.L. and J.M. Burke. 2006. Natural hybridization. Pp. 399-413. In: Evolutionary Genetics: Concepts and Case Studies. Fox, C.W. and J.B. Wolf (eds). Oxford University Press.
  • Burke, J.M., S.J. Knapp, and L.H. Rieseberg. 2005. Genetic consequences of selection during the evolution of cultivated sunflower. Genetics 171: 1933-1940.
  • Lai, Z., T. Nakazato, M. Salmaso, J.M. Burke, S. Tang, S.J. Knapp, and L.H. Rieseberg. 2005. Extensive chromosomal repatterning and the evolution of sterility barriers in hybrid sunflower species. Genetics 171: 291-303.
  • Wills, D.M., M.L. Hester, A. Liu and J.M. Burke. 2005. Chloroplast SSR polymorphisms in the Compositae and the mode of organellar inheritance in Helianthus annuus. Theor. Appl. Genet. 110: 941-947.
  • Wood, T.E., J.M. Burke and L.H. Rieseberg. 2005. Parallel genotypic adaptation: when evolution repeats itself. Genetica 123: 157-170.
  • Cornman, R.S., J.M. Burke, R.A. Wesselingh and M.L. Arnold. 2004. Contrasting genetic structure of adults and progeny in a Louisiana iris hybrid population. Evolution 58: 2669-2681.
  • Burke, J.M., Z. Lai, M. Salmaso, T. Nakazato, S. Tang, A. Heesacker, S.J. Knapp and L.H. Rieseberg. 2004. Comparative mapping and rapid karyotypic evolution in the genus Helianthus. Genetics 167: 449-457.
  • Burke, J.M. and L. H. Rieseberg. 2003. Fitness effects of transgenic disease resistance in sunflowers. Science 300: 1250.
  • Rieseberg, L.H., A. Widmer, A.M. Arntz and J.M. Burke. 2003. The genetic architecture necessary for transgressive segregation is common in both natural and domesticated populations. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B 358: 1141-1147.
  • Rieseberg, L.H., A. Widmer, A.M. Arntz and J.M. Burke. 2002. Directional selection is the primary cause of phenotypic diversification. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99: 12242-12245.
  • Burke, J.M., K.A. Gardner and L.H. Rieseberg. 2002. The potential for gene flow between cultivated and wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in the United States. Am. J. Bot. 89: 1550-1552.
  • Burke, J.M., S. Tang, S.J. Knapp and L.H. Rieseberg. 2002 Genetic analysis of sunflower domestication. Genetics 161: 1257-1267.
  • Burke, J.M. and J.L. Hamrick. 2002. Genetic variation and evidence of hybridization in the genus Rhus (Anacardiaceae). J. Hered. 93: 37-41.
  • Rieseberg, L.H. and J.M. Burke. 2001. A genic view of species integration. J. Evol. Biol. 14: 883-886.
  • Burke, J.M. and M.L. Arnold. 2001. Genetics and the fitness of hybrids. Annu. Rev. Genet. 35: 31-52.
  • Rieseberg, L.H. and J.M. Burke. 2001. The biological reality of species: gene flow, selection, and collective evolution. Taxon 50: 47-67.
  • Burke, J.M., C.W. DePamphilis, R. Wyatt and M.L. Arnold. 2000. Nectar characteristics of interspecific hybrids and their parents in Aesculus (Hippocastanaceae) and Iris (Iridaceae). J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 127: 200-206.
  • Burke, J.M., M.R. Bulger, R.A. Wesselingh and M.L. Arnold. 2000. Frequency and spatial patterning of clonal reproduction in Louisiana iris hybrid populations. Evolution 54: 137-144.
  • Burke, J.M. and M.L. Arnold. 1999. Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in Iris. Mol. Ecol. 8: 1091-1092.
  • Arnold, M.L., M.R. Bulger, J.M. Burke, A.L. Hempel and J.H. Williams. 1999. Natural hybridization: how low can you go (and still be important)? Ecology 80: 371-381.
  • Burke, J.M., T.J. Voss and M.L. Arnold. 1998. Genetic interactions and natural selection in Louisiana iris hybrids. Evolution 52: 1304-1310.
  • Burke, J.M., S.E. Carney and M.L. Arnold. 1998. Hybrid fitness in the Louisiana irises: analysis of parental and F1 performance. Evolution 52: 37-43.
  • Hodges, S.A., J.M. Burke and M.L. Arnold. 1996. Natural formation of Iris hybrids: experimental evidence on the establishment of hybrid zones. Evolution 50: 2504- 2509.
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