Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Ph.D. (Biology) 1997. University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
M.S. (Genetics) 1992. Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
B.S. (Zoology) 1989. Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
University Lecture/Lab Courses
Foundations of Biology: first-semester introductory biology survey with lab for science majors (UIowa: 2012-2019)
Evolution Lab: upper-level investigative lab for biology majors (UIowa: 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Ecology & Evolution: introductory general education course for non-science majors taught using interactive TILE pedagogy (UIowa: 2011)
Evolution: upper-level advanced evolution course for biology majors (UIowa: 2003-2009)
Genetics: upper-level advanced genetics course for biology majors (UT-Arlington: 1998-2002)
Genetics Lab: upper-level investigative lab for biology majors (UT-Arlington: 1999-2002)
University Seminar Courses
Who are you? Revelations from the personal genome: first-year seminar on genetic/evolutionary concepts explored through personal genetics (UIowa: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018; coverage by 23andMe blog, Iowa Alumni Magazine)
The Personal Genome: from precision medicine to genetics outreach: graduate student seminar focused on visiting seminar speakers representing various facets of personalized genetics (UIowa: 2016)
Evolution of Development: graduate student seminar focused on literature review of studies investigating developmental processes affecting phenotypic differences among organisms (UIowa: 2006, 2014)
Implications of Sex: graduate student seminar focused on literature review of the consequences of sexual reproduction, e.g., sex determination, sex ratio, sexual conflict (UIowa: 2010)
Speciation: graduate student seminar organized around discussion of Speciation by Jerry Coyne & Allen Orr (UIowa: 2004)
Personal Genomics - ancestry, genealogy and more: Founder and Organizer of the DNA Interest Group - Iowa City (2017-present), Presentation for Johnson Family Lecture Series at Park University (2019), Presentation hosted by the Linn County Iowa Genealogical Society (2019), Presentation for Clan McAlister of America Gathering in Memphis (2018), Presentation for interns in the IIHG Genetic Counseling Professional Development Series (2018, 2017, 2016), Engaging Communities through DNA - 23andMe webinar (2018), Instructor at 23andMe Educators Summit (2017), Organizer of DNA Day Events (2017), Presentation at Franklin Ave Library - Des Moines (2017), Presentation for Oaknoll Retirement Community (2017), Presentation for UIAA Lifelong Learning (2017, 2016, 2015), Courses in Coralville and Des Moines (2016), Organizer of Iowa City DNA Day Events (2016), Presentations for Spring Conference of the Iowa Genealogical Society (2016), Senior College Course organized through The University of Iowa Alumni Association (2016), Presentation hosted by the Des Moines County Genealogical Society (2016), Session at the UIowa Health Sciences Student Visit Day (2015, 2016), Presentations hosted by the Iowa City Genealogical Society (2015), Guest on Talk of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio (2015), Workshop at the PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Regional Meeting (2015), Explorers Seminar hosted by UIowa Museum of Natural History (2015), Session at the You@UI Student Recruiting Event (2014, 2015)
Teaching Pedagogy: Workshop on The Classroom Lab Experience - UIowa (2015), Session for the UIowa TILE Accelerator (2013)
Understanding Evolution: Lecture hosted by Iowa City Secular Humanists (2013), Senior College Course organized through The University of Iowa Alumni Association (2012)
Chromosome Evolution and Adaptation: Lecture for the Biology Graduate Student Retreat - UI (2012), Lecture at the Universitat de Barcelona - Spain (2012), Lecture at the University of Jyväskylä - Finland (2011), Lecture at Conference on Adaptation to Climate from a Spatial Perspective - Lammi Biological Station - Finland (2011), Lecture at Ecological Genomics Symposium - Kansas City (2008)
Sex Chromosome Evolution: Lecture at Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics - Austria (2011), Lecture at University of Kansas (2009), Lecture at Conference Evolution of Sex Chromosomes: in theory & practice - UI (2009), Lecture at Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex Workshop - Drosophila Research Conference (2009), Lecture for Saturday Scholars Series - UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2008), Lecture at University of Arizona (2007)
The Drosophila virilis species group: Workshop hosted by Drosophila Species Stock Center (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Representative Publications (Google Scholar)
Chromosome Evolution and Adaptation
McAllister, B. F., S. L. Sheeley, P. A. Mena, A. L. Evans, and C. Schlötterer (2008) Clinal distribution of a chromosomal rearrangement: a precursor to chromosomal speciation? Evolution 62:1852-1865.
Evans, A. L., P. A. Mena and B. F. McAllister (2007) Positive selection near an inversion breakpoint on the neo-X chromosome of Drosophila americana. Genetics 177:1303-1319.
Caletka, B. C., and B. F. McAllister (2004) A genealogical view of chromosomal evolution and species delimitation in the Drosophila virilis species subgroup. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33:664-670.
Sex Chromosome Evolution
Otto S. P., J. R. Pannell, C. L. Peichel, T.-L. Ashman, D. Charlesworth, A. K. Chippindale, L. F. Delph, R. F. Guerrero, S. V. Scarpino, and B. F. McAllister (2011) About PAR: The distinct evolutionary dynamics of the Pseudoautosomal Region. Trends in Genetics 27:358-367.
Flores, S. V., A. L. Evans and B. F. McAllister (2008) Independent origins of new sex-linked chromosomes in the melanica and robusta species groups of Drosophila. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:33.
McAllister, B. F., and A. L. Evans (2006) Increased nucleotide diversity with transient Y linkage in Drosophila americana. PLoS One 1:e112.
Song, X, , J. L. Goicoechea, J. S. S. Ammiraju, M. Luo, R. He, J. Lin, S-J. Lee, N. Sisneros, T. Watts, D. A. Kudrna, W. Golser, E. Ashley, K. Collura, M. Braidotti, Y. Yu, L. M. Matzkin, B. F. McAllister, T. A. Markow, and R. A. Wing (2011) The 19 Genomes of Drosophila: a BAC library resource for genus-wide and genome scale comparative evolutionary research. Genetics 187:1023-1030.
Drosophila Chromosome Working Group (2008) Polytene Chromosomal Maps of 11 Drosophila species: The order of genomic scaffolds inferred from genetic and physical maps. Genetics 179:1601-1655.
Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium (2007) Evolution of genes and genomes on the Drosophila phylogeny. Nature 450:203-218.