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Michael T. Clegg

Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Foreign Secretary, US National Academy of Sciences

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1972

Phone: (949) 824-4490
Email: mclegg@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine

Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697

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Plant Genetics; population genetics; molecular evolution
URL Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
NDEA Fellowship 1969 -72
Guggenheim Fellow 1981 -82
President American Genetic Association, 1987
Member, US National Academy of Sciences, Elected 1990
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elected 1992
Key Lecturer, American Genetic Association 1994
Darwin Prize, Edinburgh University 1995
Award of Distinction, UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 1999
Presidential Chair, University of California, Riverside 2000 – 2002.
President-Elect, President and Past President, Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution, 2000-2003
Nei Lecturer, Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution, Sorrento, Italy June, 2002
Chair-Elect, Chair and Past Chair; AAAS Section on Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources 2003-2005
Elected Foreign Secretary, US National Academy of Sciences, 2002-2006, reelected 2006-10, reelected 2010-2014.
Elected Associate Fellow, Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS), 2006
Elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina, 2007
Elected Corresponding Member of the Academia de Agronomia and Veterinaria of Argentina, 2007.
Elected Corresponding Member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, 2008.
Honorary Member Palestinian Academy of Sciences, 2009
Elected Corresponding Member Cuban Academy of Sciences, 2010
Designated Senior Fellow, California Council Science and Technology, 2010
Elected Foreign Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science, 2012
Publications 135. Vogl, C., J. Badger, P. Kearney, M. Li, M. T. Clegg and T. Jaing. 2003. Probabilistic Analysis Indicates Discordant Gene trees in Chloroplast Evolution. J. Molec Evol. 56(3): 330-340.

136. Clegg, M. T. and M. L. Durbin. 2003. Tracing floral adaptations from ecology to molecules. Nature Reviews Genetics. 4: 206-215.

137. Durbin, M. L., K. E. Lundy, P. L. Morrell, C. L. Torres-Martinez, and M.T. Clegg. 2003. Flower color determining genes: the role of regulatory changes in the evolution pf phenotypic adaptations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29: 507-518.

138. Jia, L., M. T. Clegg and T. Jaing. 2003. Excess nonsynonymous substitutions suggest that positive selection episodes operated in the DNA-binding domain evolution of Arabidopsis R2R3-MYB genes. Plant Molec. Biol.52: 627-642.

139. Morrell, P. L., K. E. Lundy and M. T. Clegg. 2003. Distinct geographic patterns of genetic diversity are maintained in wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum) despite migration. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA100: 10812-10817.

140. Ashworth, V. E. T. M. and M. T. Clegg. 2003. Genealogical relationships among cultivated avocado (Persea americana Mill) genotypes inferred from microsatellite markers. J. Heredity 94: 407-415..

141. Ashworth, V. E. T. M., M. C. Kobayashi, M. de la Cruz and M. T. Clegg. 2004. Microsatellite markers in avocado (Persea Americana Mill.). I. Developing dinucleotide and trinucleotide markers. Sciencia Horticultae 101: 255-267.

142. Clegg, M. T. 2004. Population genetics. In, Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science R. Goodman, Ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc New York. Pp 1042- 1045.

143. Clegg, M. T. 2004. Plant molecular evolution. In, Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science R. Goodman, Ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc New York. Pp 748-752.

144. Clegg, M. T. and P. L. Morrell. 2004. Bioinformatics. In, Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science R. Goodman, Ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc New York. Pp 125 –129.

145. Clegg, M. T. and P. L. Morrell. 2004. Mutational Processes. In, Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science R. Goodman, Ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc New York. Pp 760 – 762.

146. Jia, L., M.T. Clegg and T. Jaing. 2004. Evolution dynamics of the DNA-binding domains in putative R2R3-MYB genes identified from Oryza sativa ssp. indicca and japonica genomes. Plant Physiol. 134: 575-585.

147. Morrell, P. L., Toleno, D. M., Lundy, K. E. and Clegg, M. T. 2005. Low levels of linkage disequilibrium in wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum), despite high rates of self-fertilization Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102: 2442-2447.

148. Morrell, P. L., D. M. Toleno, K. E. Lundy and M. T. Clegg. 2006. Estimating the contribution of mutation, recombination, and gene conversion in the generation of haplotypic diversity. Genetics 173: 1705-1723.

149. Clegg, M. T. 2006. Science and the future of humanity. Pp 47-58 in “Energy for Sustainable Development and Science for the Future of the Islamic World and Humanity” Eds. Mehmet Ergin and Moneef Zou’bi. Published by Islamic World Academy of Sciences. Amman, Jordon ISBN 9957-412-08-6. pp 465.

150. Clegg, M. T. 2006. Robert Wayne Allard: A biographical Memoir. National Academy of Sciences. Biographical Memoirs. Pp 21.

151. Vanessa E. T. M. Ashworth, H. Chen, and M. T. Clegg. 2006. AVOCADO. In The Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding Vol IV Fruit and Nut Crops. Ed. Chittaramjan Kole. (Springer Verlag)

152. Morrell, P. L. and M. T. Clegg. 2007. Genetic evidence for a second domestication of barley (Hordeum vulgare) east of the Fertile Crescent. Proc Natl Acad Sci 104: 3289-3294.

153. Toleno, D. M., P. L. Morrell and M. T. Clegg. 2007. Error detection in SNP data by considering the likelihood of recombinational history implied by three-site combinations. Bioinformatics 23:1807-1814.

154. Chen, H., Ashworth, V. E. T. M., Xu, S. and M. T. Clegg. 2007. Quantitative genetic analysis of growth rate in avocado. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 132(5):691–696.

155. Chanderbali, A. S., V. A. Albert, V. E. T. M. Ashworth, M. T. Clegg, R. E. Litz, D. E. Soltis and P. S. Soltis. 2008. Persea americana (avocado): bringing ancient flowers to fruit in the genomics era. Bioessays 29: 1-11.

156. Chen, H., Morrell, P. L., de la Cruz, M. and M. T. Clegg. 2008. Nucleotide Diversity and Linkage Disequilibrium in Wild Avocado (Persea americana Mill.). J. Heredity 99: 382-389.

157. Garner L. C., V. E. T. M. Ashworth, M. T. Clegg and C. J. Lovatt. 2008. The impact of outcrossing on yields of ‘Hass’ avocado. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133 (5): 648–652.

158. Clegg, M. T. 2008. What can genetics tell us about plant domestication? Anales de la Academia de Agronomia y Veterinaria de Buenos Aires, Republica Argentina. Tomo LXI pp 402-412.

159. Pastrana, J. S. and M. T. Clegg. 2008. US Cuba Scientific Relations. Science 322: 345.

160. Clegg, M. T. 2008. The role of international scientific organizations. In, Science as a Gateway to Understanding. Eds, Glenn Schweitzer and Yousef Sobouti. Nacional Academy Press, Washington DC. Pp 173.

161. Chen, H., P. L. Morrell, V. E. T. M. Ashworth, M. de la Cruz, and M. T. Clegg 2009.Tracing the geographic origins of major avocado cultivars. J. Heredity 100: 56-65.

162. Clegg, M. T. and J. P. Boright. 2009. Adapting to the future: The role of science academies in capacity building. International Journal of Technology Management (UK) 46: 108 - 118.

163. Luo M. C., K. R. Deal, E. D. Akhunov, A. R. Akhunova, O. D. Anderson, J. A. Anderson, N. Blake, M. T. Clegg, D. Coleman-Derr, E. E. Conley, C. C. Crossman, J. Dubcovsky, B. S. Gill, Y. Q. Gu, J. Hadam, H. Heo, N. Huo, G. Lazo, Y.Ma, D. E. Matthews, P. E. McGuire, P. L. Morrell, C. O. Qualset, J. Renfro, D. Tabanao, L. E. Talbert, C. Tian, D. M. Toleno, M. L. Warburton, F. M. You, W. Zhang, and J. Dvorak 2009. Genome comparisons reveal a dominant mechanism of chromosome number reduction in grasses and accelerated genome evolution in Triticeae. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106: 15780-15785.

164. Toleno, D. M., Durbin, M. L., Lundy, K. E. and M. T. Clegg . 2010. Extensive evolutionary rate variation in floral color determining genes in the genus Ipomoea. Plant Species Biol 25: 30-42.

165. Chen, H., Morrell, P, L., Toleno, D. M., Lundy, K. E., Clegg, M. T. 2010. Allele-Specific PCR Can Improve the Efficiency of Experimental Resolution of Heterozygotes in Resequencing Studies. Molec Ecol Resources 10: 647-658.

166. Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Deal KR, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo G, Luo MC, Ma YQ, Matthews DE, McGuire PE, Morrel PE, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbert LE, Tian C, Toleno D, Warburton, M.,You F, Zhang W, and Dvorak J. 2010. Nucleotide diversity maps reveal variation in diversity among wheat genomes and chromosomes. BMC Genomics 2010, 11:702

167. Morrell, P. M. and M. T. Clegg. 2011. HORDEUM. In, Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic & Breeding Resources, Vol 1: Cereals. Editor, Chittaramjan Kole. (Springer –Verlag, Heidelberg). Pp 309 – 319.

168. Ashworth, V. E. T. M., H. Chen and M. T. Clegg. 2011. PERSEA. In, Wealth of Wild Crop Relatives: Genetic, Genomic & Breeding Resources, Vol 7: Wild Relatives of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits. Editor, Chittaramjan Kole. (Springer Verlag). Pp173-189.
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