Dr. Robert Robichaux

Department Head, University Distinguished Professor
Positions and Education: 
  • University Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2001-present
  • Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2004-present
  • Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1990-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1986-90
  • Assistant Professor, Botany, University of California, Berkeley, 1980-86
  • Ph.D., Botany, University of California, Davis, 1980
  • M.S., Botany, University of California, Davis, 1976
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Houston, 1974
Honors and Awards: 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion Award (2010)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award (2009)
Research Interests: 

Our work seeks to reverse extinction’s tide in Hawaii, where the daunting conservation challenges exemplify those confronting island biotas worldwide. To this end, we focus on ecologically and genetically informed on-the-ground conservation action, including large-scale reintroduction of endangered plants, especially silverswords and lobeliads, and ecosystem restoration.

Selected Publications: 

PubMed list of publications for Rob Robichaux

  1. Krushelnycky PD, Loope LL, Giambelluca TW, Starr F, Starr K, Drake DR, Taylor AD, Robichaux RH (2013) Climate-associated population declines reverse recovery and threaten future of an iconic high elevation plant. Global Change Biology (in press)
  2. Lawton-Rauh A, Robichaux RH, Purugganan MD (2007) Diversity and divergence patterns in regulatory genes suggest differential gene flow in recently-derived species of the Hawaiian silversword alliance adaptive radiation (Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology 16: 3995-4013
  3. Purugganan MD, Robichaux RH (2005) Adaptive radiation and regulatory gene evolution in the Hawaiian silversword alliance (Asteraceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 92: 28-35
  4. Lawton-Rauh A, Robichaux RH, Purugganan MD (2003) Patterns of nucleotide variation in homoeologous regulatory genes in the allotetraploid Hawaiian silversword alliance (Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology 12: 1301-1314
  5. Barrier M, Robichaux RH, Purugganan MD (2001) Accelerated regulatory gene evolution in an adaptive radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98: 10208-10213
  6. Friar EA, LaDoux T, Roalson EH, Robichaux RH (2000) Microsatellite analysis of a population crash and bottleneck in the Mauna Kea silversword, Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense (Asteraceae), and its implications for reintroduction. Molecular Ecology 9: 2027-2034
  7. Barrier M, Baldwin BG, Robichaux RH, Purugganan MD (1999) Interspecific hybrid ancestry of a plant adaptive radiation: allopolyploidy of the Hawaiian silversword alliance (Asteraceae) inferred from floral homeotic gene duplications. Molecular Biology and Evolution 16: 1105-1113
  8. Robichaux RH, Friar EA, Mount DW (1997) Molecular genetic consequences of a population bottleneck associated with reintroduction of the Mauna Kea silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense [Asteraceae]). Conservation Biology 11: 1140-1146  
  9. Friar EA, Robichaux RH, Mount DW (1996) Molecular genetic variation following a population crash in the endangered Mauna Kea silversword, Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense (Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology 5: 687-691
  10. Baldwin BG, Robichaux RH (1995) Historical biogeography and ecology of the Hawaiian silversword alliance (Asteraceae): new molecular phylogenetic perspectives. In: Wagner WL, Funk V (eds) Hawaiian Biogeography: Evolution on a Hot Spot Archipelago, pp 259-287. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
(520) 621-3458
Office Location: 
BSW
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