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Zachariah Gompert

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Biology

Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 355
DialPhone: 435-797-9463
SendEmail: zach.gompert@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Ecology, University of Wyoming, 2012
MS, Population and Conservation Biology, Texas State University, 2006
BS, Biology, Texas State University, 2004

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Chaturvedi, S., Lucas, L., Nice, C.C, Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Gompert, Z., (2018). The predictability of genomic changes underlying a recent host shift in Melissa blue butterflies,. Molecular Ecology, 27, 2651-2666.
          • Lucas, L., Nice, C., Gompert, Z., (2018). Genetic constraints on wing pattern variation in Lycaeides butterflies: a case study on mapping complex, multifaceted traits in structured populations.. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18:4, 892-907.
          • Chaturvedi, S., Rego, A., Lucas, L., Gompert, Z., (2017). Sources of variation in the gut microbial community of Lycaeides melissa caterpillars. Scientific Reports, 7:1, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11781-1
          • Kingston, S.E, Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, Braun, M.J, (2017). Heterogeneity and concordance in locus-specific differentiation and introgression between species of towhees. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30:3, 474-485. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13033
          • Nosil, P., Feder, J.L, Flaxman, S.M, Gompert, Z., (2017). Tipping points in the dynamics of speciation. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 0001, doi: 10.1038/s41559-016-0001
          • Messina, F.J, Gompert, Z., (2017). Evolution of host acceptance and its reversibility in a seed beetle. Ecological Entomology, 42, 42-50.
          • Gompert, Z., (2016). Bayesian inference of selection in a heterogeneous environment from genetic time-series data. Molecular ecology, 25:1, 121–134.
          • Lucas, L., Gompert, Z., Gibson, J.R, Bell, K.L, Buerkle, C.A, Nice, C.C, (2016). Pervasive gene flow across critical habitat for four narrowly endemic, sympatric taxa. Freshwater Biology, 61, 933-946.
          • Mohammadi, S., Gompert, Z., Gonzalez, J., Takeuchi, H., Mori, A., Savitzky, A., (2016). Toxin-resistant isoforms of Na+/K+-ATPase in snakes do not closely track dietary specialization on toads. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283:1842, 20162111. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2111
          • Gompert, Z., Egan, S.P, Barrett, R., Feder, J., Nosil, P., (2016). Multilocus approaches for the measurement of selection on correlated genetic loci. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.13867
          • Gompert, Z., Messina, F.J, (2016). Genomic evidence that resource-based trade-offs limit host-range expansion in a seed beetle. Evolution, 70:6, 1249–1264 .
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, A., (2016). What, if anything, are hybrids: enduring truths and challenges associated with population structure and gene flow. Evolutionary Applications, 9:7, 909-923. doi: 10.1111/eva.12380
          • Gompert, Z., (2016). A continuous correlated beta process model for genetic ancestry in admixed populations. PLOS ONE, 11, e0151047. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151047
          • Harrison, J.G, Gompert, Z., Fordyce, J.A, Buerkle, A.C, Grinstead, R., Jahner, J.P, Mikel, S., Nice, C.C, Santamaria, A., Forister, M.L, (2016). The many dimensions of diet breadth: chemical, genetic, behavioral, and physiological perspectives on the interaction between a native herbivore and an exotic host. PLOS ONE, 11:2, e0147971. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147971
          • Gompert, Z., Jahner, J.P, Scholl, C.F, Wilson, J.S, Lucas, L., Soria-Carrasco, V., Fordyce, J.A, Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.L, (2015). The evolution of novel host use is unlikely to be constrained by trade-offs or a lack of genetic variation. Molecular ecology, 24:11, 2777–2793.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.L, Fordyce, J.A, Nice, C.C, (2014). Admixture and the organization of genetic diversity in a butterfly species complex revealed through common and rare genetic variants. Molecular Ecology, 23:18, 4555–4573.
          • Gompert, Z., A Comeault, A., Farkas, T.E, Feder, J.L, Parchman, T.L, Buerkle, C.A, Nosil, P., (2014). Experimental evidence for ecological selection on genomevariation in the wild. Ecology Letters, 17:3, 369–379. doi: 10.1111/ele.12238
          • Comeault, A., Soria-Carrasco, V., Gompert, Z., Farkas, T., Buerkle, C., Parchman, T., Nosil, P., (2014). Genome-wide association mapping of phenotypic traits subject to a range of intensities of natural selection in Timema cristinae. The American Naturalist, 183:5, 711-727.
          • Soria-Carrasco, V., Gompert, Z., Comeault, A.A, Farkas, T.E, Parchman, T.L, Johnston, J.S, Buerkle, C.A, Feder, J.L, Bast, J., Schwander, T., Egan, S.P, Crespi, B.J, Nosil, P., (2014). Stick Insect Genomes Reveal Natural Selection’s Role in Parallel Speciation. Science, 344:6185, 738-742. doi: 10.1126/science.1252136
          • Lindtke, D., Gompert, Z., Lexer, C., Buerkle, C.A, (2014). Unexpected ancestry of Populus seedlings from a hybrid zone implies a large role for postzygotic selection in the maintenance of species. Molecular Ecology, 23:17, 4316–4330. doi: 10.1111/mec.12759
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Analyses of genetic ancestry enable key insights for molecular ecology. Molecular Ecology, 22:21, 5278–5294.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Genome divergence and the genetic architecture of barriers to gene flow between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa. Evolution, 67:9, 2498–2514.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Genome divergence and the genetic architecture of barriers to gene flow between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa. Evolution, 67:9, 2498–2514.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.a, (2013). Geographically multifarious phenotypic divergence during speciation. Ecology & Evolution, 3:3, 595–613.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., Nice, C.C, Fordyce, J.A, Alex Buerkle, C., Forister, M.L, (2013). Geographically multifarious phenotypic divergence during speciation. Ecology and Evolution, 3:3, 595–613.
          • Nice, C.C, Gompert, Z., Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Lucas, L.K, Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Hybrid speciation and independent evolution in lineages of alpine butterflies. Evolution, 67:4, 1055–1068.
          • Nice, C.C, Gompert, Z., Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Lucas, L., Buerkle, C.A, (2013). Hybrid speciation and independent evolution in lineages of alpine butterflies. Evolution, 67:4, 1055–1068.
          • Buerkle, C.A, Gompert, Z., (2013). Population genomics based on low coverage sequencing: how low should we go?. Molecular Ecology, 22:11, 3028–3035.
          • Alberici da Barbiano, L., Gompert, Z., Aspbury, A.S, Gabor, C.R, Nice, C.C, (2013). Population genomics reveals a possible history of backcrossing and recombination in the gynogenetic fish Poecilia formosa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110:34, 13797–13802.
          • Forister, M.L, Scholl, C.F, Jahner, J.P, Wilson, J.S, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Narala, D.R, Buerkle, C.A, Nice, C.C, (2013). Specificity, rank preference, and the colonization of a non-native host plant by the Melissa blue butterfly. Oecologia, 172:1, 177–188.
          • Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Braun, M.J, Brumfield, R.T, Mcdonald, D.B, J A C Uy, , Zhang, G., Jarvis, E.D, A Schlinger, B., A Buerkle, C., (2013). The genomic consequences of adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation between species of manakins. Molecular Ecology, 22:12, 3304–3317.
          • Gompert, Z., A Buerkle, C., (2012). bgc: Software for Bayesian estimation of genomic clines. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12:6, 1168–1176.
          • Nosil, P., Parchman, T.L, Feder, J.L, Gompert, Z., (2012). Do highly divergent loci reside in genomic regions affecting reproductive isolation? A test using next-generation sequence data in Timema stick insects. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 164.
          • Parchman, T.L, Gompert, Z., Mudge, J., Schilkey, F.D, Benkman, C.W, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genome-wide association genetics of an adaptive trait in lodgepole pine. Molecular Ecology, 21:12, 2991–3005.
          • Nosil, P., Gompert, Z., Farkas, T.E, A Comeault, A., Feder, J.L, Buerkle, C.A, Parchman, T.L, (2012). Genomic consequences of multiple speciation processes in a stick insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 279:1749, 5058–5065.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genomic regions with a history of divergent selection affect fitness of hybrids between two butterfly species. Evolution, 66:7, 2167–2181.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., Nice, C.C, Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genomic regions with a history of divergent selection affect fitness of hybrids between two butterfly species. Evolution, 66:7, 2167–2181.
          • Gompert, Z., Parchman, T.L, Buerkle, C.A, (2012). Genomics of isolation in hybrids. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 367:1587, 439–450.
          • Gompert, Z., (2012). Population genomics as a new tool for wildlife management. Molecular Ecology, 21:7, 1542–1544.
          • A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2011). A hierarchical Bayesian approach to ecological count data: A flexible tool for ecologists. PloS ONE, 6:11, e26785.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2011). A hierarchical Bayesian model for next-generation population genomics. Genetics, 187:3, 903–917.
          • Forister, M.L, Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, (2011). After 60 years, an answer to the question: what is the Karner blue butterfly?. Biology Letters, 7:3, 399–402.
          • Forister, M.L, Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, Forister, G.W, A Fordyce, J., (2011). Ant association facilitates the evolution of diet breadth in a lycaenid butterfly. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 278:1711, 1539–1547.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2011). Bayesian estimation of genomic clines. Molecular Ecology, 20:10, 2111–2127.
          • Gompert, Z., Willmott, K., Elias, M., (2011). Heterogeneity in predator micro-habitat use and the maintenance of Mullerian mimetic diversity. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 281:1, 39–46.
          • Merrill, R.M, Gompert, Z., Dembeck, L.M, Kronforst, M.R, McMillan, W.O, Jiggins, C.D, (2011). Mate preference across the speciation continuum in a clade of mimetic butterflies. Evolution, 65:5, 1489–1500.
          • A Buerkle, C., Gompert, Z., Parchman, T.L, (2011). The n=1 constraint in population genomics. Molecular Ecology, 20:8, 1575–1581.
          • Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, Williamson, R.J, Buerkle, C.A, (2010). Bayesian analysis of molecular variance in pyrosequences quantifies population genetic structure across the genome of Lycaeides butterflies. Molecular Ecology, 19:12, 2455–2473.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2010). introgress: a software package for mapping components of isolation in hybrids. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10:2, 378–384.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L.K, Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2010). Secondary contact between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa in the Rocky Mountains: extensive admixture and a patchy hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology, 19:15, 3171–3192.
          • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., Fordyce, J.A, Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2010). Secondary contact between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa in the Rocky Mountains: extensive admixture and a patchy hybrid zone. Molecular ecology, 19:15, 3171–3192.
          • Teeter, K.C, Thibodeau, L.M, Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, Nachman, M.W, Tucker, P.K, (2010). The variable genomic architecture of isolation between hybridizing species of house mice. Evolution, 64:2, 472–485.
          • Gompert, Z., Buerkle, C.A, (2009). A powerful regression-based method for admixture mapping of isolation across the genome of hybrids. Molecular Ecology, 18:6, 1207–1224.
          • Nice, C.C, Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., (2009). An unseen foe in arthropod conservation efforts: The case of Wolbachia infections in the Karner blue butterfly. Biological Conservation, 142:12, 3137–3146.
          • Lucas, L.K, Gompert, Z., Ott, J.R, Nice, C.C, (2009). Geographic and genetic isolation in spring-associated Eurycea salamanders endemic to the Edwards Plateau region of Texas. Conservation Genetics, 10:5, 1309–1319.
          • Lucas, L., Gompert, Z., Ott, J.R, Nice, C.C, (2009). Geographic and genetic isolation in spring-associated Eurycea salamanders endemic to the Edwards Plateau region of Texas. Conservation Genetics, 10:5, 1309–1319.
          • Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., (2009). Host range evolution is not driven by the optimization of larval performance: the case of Lycaeides melissa (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and the colonization of alfalfa. Oecologia, 160:3, 551–561.
          • Elias, M., Gompert, Z., Willmott, K., Jiggins, C., (2009). Phylogenetic community ecology needs to take positive interactions into account: insights from colorful butterflies.. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2:2, 113–116.
          • A W Nolte, , Gompert, Z., A Buerkle, C., (2009). Variable patterns of introgression in two sculpin hybrid zones suggest that genomic isolation differs among populations. Molecular Ecology, 18:12, 2615–2627.
          • Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Shapiro, A.M, (2008). Considering evolutionary processes in the use of single-locus genetic data for conservation, with examples from the Lepidoptera. Journal of Insect Conservation, 12:1, 37–51.
          • Elias, M., Gompert, Z., Jiggins, C., Willmott, K., (2008). Mutualistic interactions drive ecological niche convergence in a diverse butterfly community. PloS Biology, 6:12, 2642–2649.
          • Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, (2008). Recent colonization and radiation of North American Lycaeides (Plebejus) inferred from mtDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics Evolution, 48:2, 481–490.
          • Gompert, Z., Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.C, (2008). Widespread mito-nuclear discordance with evidence for introgressive hybridization and selective sweeps in Lycaeides. Molecular Ecology, 17:24, 5231–5244.
          • Forister, M.L, A Fordyce, J., Nice, C.h, Gompert, Z., Shapiro, A.M, (2006). Egg morphology varies among populations and habitats along a suture zone in the Lycaeides idas-melissa species complex (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae). Annals Entomological Society of America, 99:5, 933–937.
          • Gompert, Z., A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, Shapiro, A.M, Nice, C.C, (2006). Homoploid hybrid speciation in an extreme habitat. Science, 314:5807, 1923–1925.
          • Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, A Fordyce, J., Forister, M.L, A M Shapiro, , (2006). Identifying units for conservation using molecular systematics: the cautionary tale of the Karner blue butterfly. Molecular Ecology, 15:7, 1759–1768.
          • Crutsinger, G.M, Collins, M.D, ames A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Nice, C.C, Sanders, N.J, (2006). Plant genotypic diversity predicts community structure and governs an ecosystem process. Science, 313:5789, 966–968.
          • In-House Journal

          • Lucas, L., Gompert, Z., (2011). The effect of climate change and habitat alteration on speciation in Lycaeides butterflies in the Greater Yellowstone Area. . The 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem *

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., (2016). Spatio-temporal ecological and evolutionary dynamics in natural butterfly populations (2015 field season). University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center *
            • Gompert, Z., Lucas, L., (2015). Spatio-temporal ecological and evolutionary dynamics in natural butterfly populations (2014 field season). University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2018

                BIOL 4750, 6750 - Topics in Biology, Fall 2017

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2017

                BIOL 4750, 6325 - Bayesian Analysis of Biological Data, Fall 2016

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2016

                BIOL 4750, 6750 - Topics in Biology, Fall 2015

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2015

                BIOL 4750,6750 - Topics in Biology (Topic), Fall 2014

                BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Spring 2014

                BIOL 6750 - Topics in Biology, Spring 2014


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Tara Saley, Biology, August 2017
                Amy Springer, Biology, August 2016
                Alexandre Rego, Biology, August 2016
                Samridhi Chaturvedi, Biology, August 2014
                Alberto de Rosa, Biology, August 2014 - July 2015