Gillian Moritz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Headshot of Gillian Moritz


  • 2017-present Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Physiology & Cell Biology
  • 2015-2017 Gross Anatomy Instructor, Duke University, School of Medicine
  • 2015-2017 Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 2014-2015 Lecturer, Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences
  • 2014 Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Department of Anthropology


  • Gillian L. Moritz, Perry S. Ong, George H. Perry, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2017). Functional preservation and variation in the cone opsin genes of nocturnal tarsiers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 372(1717), 20160075. doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0075.
  • Amanda D. Melin, Konstans Wells, Gillian L. Moritz, Logan Kistler, Joseph D. Orkin, Robert M. Timm, Henry Bernard, Maklarin B. Lakim, George H. Perry, Shoji Kawamura, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2016). Euarchontan opsin variation brings new focus to primate origins. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33(4), 1029-1041.
  • Gillian L. Moritz, Amanda D. Melin, Fred Tuh Yit Yu, Henry Bernard, Perry S. Ong, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2014). Niche convergence suggests functionality of the nocturnal fovea. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8(61). doi:10.3389/fnint.2014.00061.
  • Rafe M. Brown, Jennifer A. Weghorst, Karen V. Olson, Mariano R. M. Duya, Anthony J. Barley, Liza V. Duya, Myron Shekelle, Irene Neri-Arboleda, Jacob A. Esselstyn, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Perry S. Ong, Gillian L. Moritz, Jonas Quilang, Mae L. D. Diesmos, Arvin C. Diesmos, and Cameron D. Siler. (2014). Conservation genetics of the Philippine tarsier: Identification of cryptic genetic variation restructures conservation priorities in an enigmatic island archipelago primate. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104340.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104340.
  • Amanda D. Melin, Brooke E. Crowley, Shaun T. Brown, Patrick V. Wheatley, Gillian L. Moritz, Fred Tuh Yit Yu, Henry Bernard, Donald J. Depaolo, Andrew D. Jacobson, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2014). Calcium and carbon stable isotope ratios as paleodietary indicators. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154(4), 633-643. dio:10.1002/ajpa.22530.
  • Gillian L. Moritz, Norman T.-L. Lim, Maureen Neitz, Leo Peichl, Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2013). Expression and evolution of short wavelength sensitive opsins in colugos: A nocturnal lineage that informs debate on primate origins. Evolutionary Biology, 40(4), 542-553, doi:10.1007/s11692-013-9230-y.
  • Amanda D. Melin, Y. Matsushita, Gillian L. Moritz, Nathaniel J. Dominy and Shoji Kawamura. (2013). Inferred L/M cone opsin polymorphism of ancestral tarsiers sheds dim light on the origin of anthropoid primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280:20130189.
  • Gillian L. Moritz and Nathaniel J. Dominy (2012). Thermal imaging of aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) reveals a dynamic vascular supply during haptic sensation. International Journal of Primatology, 1(10), doi:10.1007/s10764-011-9575-y.
  • Gillian L. Moritz, Nicolaas Fourie, Justin D. Yeakel, Jane E. Phillips-Conroy, Clifford J. Jolly, Paul L. Koch, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2012). Baboons, water, and the ecology of oxygen stable isotopes in an arid hybrid zone. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 85(5), 421-430.
  • Amanda D. Melin, Gillian L. Moritz, Robert A. E. Fosbury, Shoji Kawamura, and Nathaniel J. Dominy. (2012). Why aye-ayes see blue. American Journal of Primatology, 74, 185-192.
  • Marissa A. Ramsier, Andrew J. Cunningham, Gillian L. Moritz, James J. Finneran, Cathy V. Williams, Perry S. Ong, Sharon L. Gursky-Doyen and Nathaniel J. Dominy NJ. (2012). Primate communication in the pure ultrasound. Biology Letters, 8, 508-511. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.1149
  • Bret A. Moore, Jason M. Kamilar, Shaun P. Collin, Olaf R.P. Bininda-Emonds, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Margaret I. Hall, Christopher P. Heesy, Andrew N. Iwaniuk, Sönke Johnsen, Thomas J. Lisney, Ellis R. Loew, Gillian L. Moritz, Saul S. Nava, Eric Warrant, Kara E. Yopak, and Esteban Fernández-Juricic. (2012). A novel method for comparative analysis of retinal specialization traits from topographic maps. Journal of Vision, 12, 1-24.