Marjorie Matocq

Marjorie Matocq

Professor, Population & Evolutionary Genetics and Director of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program She, her, hers


Projects in our lab focus on studying patterns of geographic population genetic structure and the processes underlying such patterns. Because the current geographic distribution of genetic diversity is determined by a complex interplay of ecology, demography, and population history, our studies are performed at various spatial and temporal scales. To study the processes underlying patterns of genetic diversity and subdivision, we combine modern molecular genetic techniques with morphological and field studies.

My research program is focused on a number of ecological and evolutionary questions at the interface of intra- and interspecific processes. My research program is heavily collections-based and integrates traditional field and morphological data with molecular and genomic methods to elucidate pattern and process at several spatial and temporal scales. The majority of my work continues to focus on members of the Neotoma fuscipes species complex.


B.S., 1992, California Polytechnic State University
M.S., 1996, San Francisco State University
Ph.D., 2000, University of California, Berkeley


Publications are listed below.


Impacts of climate change and renewable energy development on habitat of an endemic squirrel Xerospermophilus mohavensis in the Mojave Desert, USA.


Biological Conservation, 200, 112-121

Inman, R., Esque, T., Nussear, K., Matocq, M., Leitner, P., Weisberg, P., Dilts, T.

Multi-scale connectivity and graph theory highlight critical areas for conservation under climate change.


Ecological Applications, 26, 1223-1237

Dilts, T., Weisberg, P., Leitner, P., Matocq, M., Inman, R., Nussear, K., Esque, T.

Speciation along a shared evolutionary trajectory in Neotoma spp.


Current Zoology, 62, 507-511

Dochtermann, N., Matocq, M.

Fine-scale genetic structure of woodrat populations (Genus: Neotoma) and the spatial distribution of their tick-borne pathogens.


Ticks and tick-borne diseases, 7, 243-253.

Foley, J., Rejmanek, D., Foley, C., Matocq, M.

Ongoing hybridization and asymmetric introgression in a narrow zone of contact between Neotoma fuscipes and N. macrotis.


Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115, 162-172.

Coyner, B., Murphy, P., Matocq, M.

Parasite prevalence and community diversity in sympatric and allopatric populations of two woodrat species (Neotoma, Sigmodontinae).


Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 51, 162-172

Bechtel, M., Teglas, M., Murphy, P., Matocq, M.

Great Basin mammalian diversity through time. (vol. 95, pp. 1087-1089).


Journal of Mammalogy.

Rowe, R., Matocq, M.

Experimental evidence of asymmetric mate preference and hybridization across a woodrat (Neotoma) hybrid zone.


BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13, 220.

Shurtliff, Q., Murphy, P., Yeiter, J., Matocq, M.

Gene tweaking for conservation.


Nature, 501, 485.

Thomas, M., Roemer, G., Donlan, J., Dickson, B., Matocq, M., Malaney, J.

Patterns of evolutionary divergence and convergence in the bushy-tailed woodrat, Neotoma cinerea, across Western North America.


Journal of Mammalian Evolution.

Hornsby, A., Matocq, M.

Reconstructing the evolutionary history of an endangered subspecies across the changing landscape of the Great Central Valley of California.


Molecular Evolution 2012 Dec;21(24):5918-33.

Matocq, M., Kelly, P., Phillips, S., Maldonado, J.

Differential regional response of the bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) to late Quaternary climate change


Journal of Biogeography

Hornsby, A., Matocq, M.

Phylogeographical and regional history of the dusky-footed woodrat, Neotoma fuscipes .


Molecular Ecology 11: 229-242.

Matocq, M.D.

Characterization of microsatellite loci in the dusky-footed woodrat, Neotoma fuscipes.


Molecular Ecology Notes 1: 194-196.

Matocq, M.D.

Population genetic structure of two ecologically distinct Amazonian spiny rats: separating history and current ecology.


Evolution 54: 1423-1432

Matocq, M.D., M.N.F. da Silva, and J.L. Patton.

Microsatellites isolated from tuco-tucos (Ctenomys sp.).


Molecular Ecology 8: 1754-1756.

Lacey , E., J. Maldonado, J. Clabaugh, and M.D. Matocq.


Research Reports

The genetic legacy of 50 years of desert bighorn sheep translocations.


Evolutionary Applications

Jahner, J.P., M.D. Matocq, J.L. Malaney, M. Cox, P. Wolff, M.A. Gritts, T.L. Parchman

Using physiologically-based models to predict population responses to phytochemicals by wild vertebrate herbivores


Animal DOI: 10.1017/S1751731118002264

Forbey, J.S., R. Liu, T.T. Caughlin, M.D. Matocq, J.A. Vucetich, K.D. Kohl, M.D. Dearing, and A.M. Felton

Biodiversity and topographic complexity: modern and geohistorical perspectives.


Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 211-226

Badgley, C., T.M. Smiley, R. Terry, E.B. Davis, L.R.G. DeSantis, D.L. Fox, S.B. Hopkins, T. Jezkova, M.D. Matocq, N. Matzke, J.L. McGuire, A. Mulch, B.R. Riddle, V. L. Roth, J.X. Samuels, C.A.E. Stromberg, B.J. Yanites

Differential effects of climate on survival rates drive hybrid zone dynamics and changes in species range limits.


Current Biology 27: 3898-3903

Hunter, E., M.D. Matocq, P.J. Murphy, and K. Shoemaker

Distribution and genetic status of Xerospermophilus ground squirrels in the Barstow region, San Bernardino County, California


Western North American Naturalist 77: 152-161

Leitner, P., J. Rippert, M.D Matocq

Genetically distinct populations of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in the Mono Basin of California


Journal of Mammalogy 99: 408-415

Larrucea, E., J. Rippert*, M. Robinson, and M.D. Matocq

Natural rewilding of the Great Basin: genetic consequences of recolonization by black bears (Ursus americanus).


Diversity and Distributions 24: 168-178

Malaney, J.L., C.W. Lackey, J.P. Beckman, M.D. Matocq

Assembling the modern Great Basin mammal biota: emerging insights from an integration of molecular biogeography and the fossil record


Journal of Mammalogy, Great Basin Special Feature 95: 1107-1127

Riddle, B.R., T. Jezkova, A. Hornsby, and M.D. Matocq

Ecological segregation in a small mammal hybrid zone: habitat-specific mating opportunities and selection against hybrids restrict gene flow on a fine spatial scale.


Evolution 68: 729-742

Shurtliff, Q.S., P.J. Murphy, and M.D. Matocq

Hibernacula characteristics of Townsend’s big-eared bats in southeastern Idaho


Natural Areas Journal, 34:24-30

Gillies, K., P.J. Murphy, and M.D. Matocq