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Geoffrey E. Hill
Biological Sciences
Professor and Curator of Birds

Office: 302 Funchess Hall

331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-9269
Fax: (334) 844-9234



Ph.D. - University of Michigan (1991)
M.S. - University of New Mexico (1986)
B.S. - Indiana University (1983)

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses on how the interactions of mitochondrial and nuclear genes shape the evolution of eukaryotes.  I am particularly interested in the role of mitonuclear interactions in the processes of sexual selection and speciation.  For many years, carotenoid coloration has been a focused interest in my lab group, and we are currently studying the connections between the female mate choice, carotenoid metabolism, cellular respiration, and mitonuclear compatibility.

I teach Ornithology every spring and alternate teaching a graduate seminar on Mitonuclear Ecology and Sexual Selection.

Selected Publications

  1. Hill, G.E. and Johnson, J. D. 2013. The mitonuclear compatibility hypothesis of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 280:1768 doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1314 1471-2954.

  2. Hill, G.E. 2015. Mitonuclear Ecology. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv104

  3. Hill, G.E. 2011. Condition-dependent traits as signals of the functionality of vital cellular processes. Ecology Letters 14:625-634.

  4. Hill, G.E. 2014. Cellular Respiration: The Nexus of Stress, Condition, and Ornamentation. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54:645-657.

  5. Hill, G.E. and J. D. Johnson. 2012. The Vitamin A-Redox Hypothesis: A biochemical basis for honest signaling via carotenoid pigmentation. American Naturalist 180: E127-50.

  6. Hill, G.E. 1991. Plumage coloration is a sexually selected indicator of male quality. Nature 350:337-339.

  7. Hill, G.E. 1994. Trait elaboration via adaptive mate choice: sexual conflict in the evolution of signals of male quality. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution 6:351-370.

  8. Hill, G.E. 1990. Female house finches prefer colorful males: sexual selection for a condition-dependent trait.  Animal Behaviour 40:563-572.

  9. Hill, G.E. 1996. Redness as a measure of the production cost of ornamental coloration. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution  8:157-175. 

  10. Hill, G.E.  and. McGraw, K.J. 2004. Correlated changes in male plumage coloration and female mate choice in cardueline finches. Animal Behaviour  67:27-35.


Undergraduate Graduate
Ornithology - BIOL5750
Mitonuclear Ecology - BIOL6750
Sexual Selection - BIOL6750

Last updated: 09/01/2017