Professor Melvin R. Duvall - Faculty

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Associate Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., 1987, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
M.S., 1980, University of Iowa, Iowa City
B. S., 1977, Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa 

Fields of Interest: Plant molecular evolution and systematics; Comparative chloroplast genome analysis; Plant conservation and biodiversity; and Agrostology.

 

Contact:  Melvin R. Duvall
mel-duvall@niu.edu,
(815) 753-7806 
Office: MO 345, Lab: MO 321
Dept. of Biological Sciences Nothern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Recent Publications

Davis, J. I., McNeal, J. R., Barrett, C. F., Chase, M. W., Cohen, J. I., Duvall, M., Givnish, T. J., Graham, S. W., Petersen, G., Pires, J. C., Seberg, O., Stevenson, D. W., Leebens-Mack, J. (2013). Pp. 315 - 349 In: Wilkin, Paul and Mayo, Simon (Ed.), Contrasting patterns of support among plastid genes and genomes for major clades of the Monocotyledons (Early events in monocot evolution.). Cambridge University Press: Proceedings of the Linnean Society.
Ray, J. W., King, R. B., Duvall, M., Jaeger, C. P., Dreslik, M. J., Swanson, B. J., Mulkerin, D. (2013). Genetic analysis and captive breeding program design for the eastern massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus catenatus. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4:104 – 113.  http://www.fwspubs.org/toc/fwma/0/0

Burke, S. V., Grennan, C. P., Duvall, M. (2012). Plastome sequences of two New World bamboos–Arundinaria gigantea and Cryptochloa strictiflora (Poaceae)–extend phylogenomic understanding of Bambusoideae. American Journal of Botany 99, 1951-1961.

Myung, K., Zitomer, N. C., Duvall, M., Glenn, A. E., Riley, R. T., Calvo, A. (2012). The conserved global regulator VeA is necessary for symptom production and mycotoxin synthesis in maize seedlings by Fusarium verticillioides. Plant Pathology, 61, 152-160.

Aliscioni, S., Bell, H. L., Besnard, G., Christin, P.-A., Columbus, J. T., Duvall, M., Edwards, E. J., Guissani, L., Hasenstab-Lehman, K., Hilu, K. W., Hodkinson, T. R., Ingram, A. L., Kellogg, E. A., Mashayekhi, S., Morrone, O., Osborne, C. P., Salamin, N., Schaefer, H., Spriggs, E., Smith, S. A., Zuloaga, F. (2012). New grass phylogeny resolves deep evolutionary relationships and discovers C4 origins. New Phytologist, 193, 304-312.

Givnish, T., Sevillano, M., McNeal, J., McKain, M., Steele, P. R., dePamphilis, C., Graham, S., Pires, J. C., Stevenson, D., Zomlefer, W., Briggs, B., Duvall, M., Moore, M., Soltis, D., Soltis, P., Thiele, K., Leebens-Mack, J. (2010). Assembling the tree of the monocotyledons: plastome sequence phylogeny and evolution of Poales. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 97, 584-616.

Wusterbarth, T. L., King, R., Duvall, M., Grayburn, W. S., Burghardt, G. M. (2010). Phylogenetically Widespread Multiple Paternity in New World Natricine Snakes. Herpetological Conservation Biology, 5, 86-93.

Morris, L. M., Duvall, M. (2010). The chloroplast genome of Anomochloa marantoidea (Anomochlooideae; Poaceae) comprises a mixture of grass-like and unique features. American Journal of Botany, 97, 1-8.

Wu, Fu-Hui, Ming-Tsair Chan, De-Chih Liao, Chen-Tran Hsu, Yi-Wei Lee, Melvin R. Duvall, Henry Daniell, and Choun-Sea Lin.  (2010).  The complete chloroplast genome of Oncidium Gower Ramsey and evaluation of the chloroplast region for plant identification and breeding.  BMC Plant Biology 10: 1-12.

Edwards, Erika J., Colin, P., Osborne, Caroline A. E. Stromberg, Stephen A. Smith, and C4 Grasses Consortium (in alphabetical order) William J. Bond, Pascal-Antoine Christin, Asaph B. Cousins, Melvin R. Duvall, David L. Fox, Robert P. Freckleton, Oula Ghannoum, James Hartwell, Yongsong Huang, Christine M. Janis, Jon E. Keeley, Elizabeth A. Kellogg, Alan K. Knapp, Andrew D. B. Leakey, David M. Nelson, Benjamin H. Passey, Jeffery M. Saarela, Rowan F. Sage, Osvaldo E. Sala, Nicholas Salamin, Christopher J. Still, and Brett Tipple. (2010).  The evolutionary origins of C4 grasslands.  Science 328: 587-591.

Duvall, M. R., C. H. Leseberg, C. P. Grennan, and L. M. Morris.  (2010).  Molecular evolution and phylogenetics of complete chloroplast genomes in Poaceae. Pp. 437-450 In: O. Seberg, G. Petersen, A. S. Barfod, and J. I. Davis, editors. Diversity, phylogeny, and evolution in the monocotyledons pp. 437 – 450.

Leseberg, C. H. and M. R. Duvall. 2009. The complete chloroplast genome of Coix lacryma-jobi and a comparative analysis of plastomes in cereals. Journal of Molecular Evolution. In press.

Duvall, M. R., C. H. Leseberg, C. P. Grennan and L. M. Morris. 2009. Molecular evolution and phylogenetics of complete chloroplast genomes in Poaceae. O. Seberg, G. Petersen, A.S. Barfod, and J.I. Davis, eds. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons and The Fifth International Symposium on Grass Systematics and Evolution. In press.

Dertien, J. R. and M. Duvall. 2009. Biogeography and divergence in a tropical hardwood (Guaiacum sanctum) revealed in chloroplast DNA: implications for conservation in the Florida Keys. Biotropica—The Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 41: 120-127, 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00453.x.

Leseberg, C., C. Eissler, X. Wang, M. Johns, M. Duvall and L. Mao. 2008. Interaction study of MADS domain proteins in tomato. Journal of Experimental Botany 59: 2253-2265. 10.1093/jxb/ern094.

Christin, Pascal-Antoine, Guillaume Besnard, Emanuela Samaritani, Melvin R. Duvall, Trevor R. Hodkinson, Vincent Savolainen and Nicolas Salamin. 2008. Oligocene CO2 Decline Promoted C4 Photosynthesis in Grasses. Current Biology 18: 37-43 <www.current-biology.com>.

Duvall, M., J. W. Robinson, J. G. Mattson and A. Moore. 2008. Phylogenetic analyses of two mitochondrial metabolic genes sampled in parallel from angiosperms find fundamental interlocus incongruence. American Journal of Botany 95: 871-884.

Christin, Pascal-Antoine, Guillaume Besnard, Emanuela Samaritani, Melvin R. Duvall, Trevor R. Hodkinson, Vincent Savolainen and Nicolas Salamin. 2008.

Christin, Pascal-Antoine, Nicolas Salamin, Vincent Savolainen, Melvin Duvall and Guillaume Besnard. 2007. C4 Photosynthesis evolved in grasses via parallel adaptive genetic changes. Current Biology 17: 1241-1247.

Duvall, M., Davis, J. I., Clark, L. G., Noll, J. D., Goldman, D. H. and Sánchez Ken, J. G. 2007. Phylogeny of the grasses (Poaceae) revisited. Aliso 23: 237-247.

Leseberg C. H., A. Li, H. Kang, M. Duvall and L. Mao. 2006. Genome-wide analysis of the MADS-box gene family in Populus trichocarpa. Gene 378: 84-94.

Duvall, M., S. Mathews, N. Mohammad and T. Russell. 2006. Placing the monocots; conflicting signal from trigenomic analyses. Aliso 22: 77-88.

Duvall, M. and A. Ervin. 2004. 18S Gene Trees are positively misleading for monocot/dicot phylogenetics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30(1):97-106.

Duvall, M., D. Saar, W. S. Grayburn, and G. Holbrook. 2003. Complex transitions between C3 and C4 photosynthesis during the evolution of Paniceae: a phylogenetic case study emphasizing the position of Steinchisma hians (Poaceae), a C3 - C4 intermediate. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 164(6):949-958.

Duvall, M. R., J. Noll, and A. Minn. 2001. Phylogenetics of Paniceae (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany 88(11): 1988-1992.

Duvall, M. R. 2001. An anatomical study of anther development in Acorus L.: phylogenetic implications. Plant Systematics and Evolution, In press.

Grass Phylogeny Working Group (Alphabetically: Barker, N., Clark, L., Davis, J., Duvall, M. R., Guala, G., Hsiao, C., Kellogg, E., Linder, H.P., Mason-Gamer, R., Mathews, S., Soreng, R., and Spangler, R. 2001. Phylogeny and subfamilial classification of the grasses (Poaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 88(3): In press.

Duvall, M., J. Noll, and G. Larson. 1999. Disjunct populations of Trifolium Beckwithii (Fabaceae) in eastern South Dakota: Vicariance or recent long-distance dispersal? A preliminary analysis. Madroño 46:199-204.

Terrell, E., P. Peterson, J. Reveal, and M. Duvall. 1997. Taxonomy of North American Zizania (Poaceae). SIDA 17: 533-549.

Duvall, M. and B. Morton. 1996. Molecular phylogenetics of Poaceae: an expanded analysis of rbcL sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 5: 352-358.

Mayfield, J. and M. Duvall. 1996. Anomalous phylogenies based on bacterial catalase gene sequences. Journal of Molecular Evolution. Journal of Molecular Evolution 42: 469-471.

Artiushin, S., M. Duvall, and F. C. Minion. 1995. Phylogenetic analysis of mycoplasma strain ISM1499 and its assignment as Acholeplasma oculi strain cluster. International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology 45: 104-109.

Published Abstracts

Duvall, M. R., Leseberg, C. H., Robinson, J. W. and Mathews, S. 2004. Lineage-specific differences in numbers of nucleotide substitutions in mitochondrial loci of basal monocots; impact on angiosperm phylogenetics. Botany 2004 Conference, Snowbird, Utah.

Dertien, J. R., Duvall, M. R., Beck, Hans T. 2004. Using molecular systematic techniques for taxonomic assessment and potential conservation of an endangered tree (Guaiacum spp.). Botany 2004 Conference, Snowbird, Utah

Duvall, M., Mathews, S., Mohammad, N. and Wolford, T. 2003. Placing monocots among paleoherbs; a robust trigenomic phylogeny. The third international conference on the comparative biology of the monocotyledons. Ontario, California.

Noll, J.D., Wallace, R.S., Duvall, M.R. 2003. Phylogenetics of Alooideae (Asphodelaceae). The third international conference on the comparative biology of the monocotyledons. Ontario, California.

Duvall, M.R., Davis, J.I., Clark, L.G., Noll, J.D., Sanchez-Ken, J.G. 2003. Phylogeny of the grasses (Poaceae) revisited. The fourth international symposium on grass systematics and evolution. Ontario, California.

Duvall, M. 2001. Screening a spurious synapomorphy: an ultrastructural study of "monocot" type anther wall development in Acorus (Acoraceae). Botany 2001 International Conference.

Duvall, M., J. Noll, and A. Minn. 2001. Phylogenetics of Paniceae (Poaceae). Botany 2001 International Conference.

Saar, Dayle and M. Duvall. 2001. Do nuclear and plastid loci in Asteraceae show substantial incongruence? A preliminary intertribal phylogenetic study of Heliantheae s. l. Botany 2001 International Conference.

Clark, L., N. Barker, J. Davis, M. R. Duvall, G. Guala, C. Hsiao, E. Kellogg, R. Mason-Gamer, S. Mathews, R. Soreng, and R. Spangler. 1998. Proposal for a subfamilial reclassification of grasses. Proceedings of the Monocots II and Grasses III Conference. CSIRO; Melbourne.

Davis, J., N. Barker, L. Clark, M. R. Duvall, G. Guala, C. Hsiao, E. Kellogg, R. Mason-Gamer, S. Mathews, R. Soreng, and R. Spangler. 1998. A phylogeny of the grass family (Poaceae), as inferred from eight character sets. Proceedings of the Monocots II and Grasses III Conference. CSIRO; Melbourne.

Duvall, M., S. Mathews, N. Mohammad and T. Russell.  2005.  Placing the monocots; conflicting signal from trigenomic analyses.  Aliso, Journal of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 22: 77-88.

Duvall, M., Davis, J. I., Clark, L. G., Noll, J. D., Goldman, D. H. and Sánchez-Ken, J. G.  In press.  Phylogeny of the grasses (Poaceae) revisited.  Concurrent publication In: Aliso and J. T. Columbus, E. A. Friar, C. W. Hamilton, J. M. Porter, L. M. Prince, and M. G. Simpson [eds.], Grass Systematics and Evolution. Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Claremont, Ca.

Research Interests

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I and my lab group study molecular evolution ranging from ancient divergences, deep within evolutionary trees, to more recent events shaping the systematics and biogeographies of species clusters. One aspect of this work is the study of small, whole genomes such as the chloroplast genomes of cereals and other plants. Complete sequencing of these genomes allows us to compare mutational patterns and assess accurate biological histories.

Symposium Contributions

Duvall, M. R., Mathews, S., Mohammad, N. and T. Russell. 2005. Placing The Monocots; Conflicting Signal From Trigenomic Analyses. In press.

Duvall, M. R. 2000. Seeking the dicot sister group of the monocots. K. L. Wilson and D. A. Morrison (editors). Pp. 25-32 In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocots, Sydney. (CSIRO; Melbourne).

Barker, N., L. Clark, J. Davis, M. R. Duvall, G. Guala, C. Hsiao, E. Kellogg, H. P. Linder, R. Mason-Gamer, S. Mathews, R. Soreng, and R. Spangler. 2000. A phylogeny of the grass family (Poaceae) as inferred from eight character sets. Pp. 3-7 In: Proceedings of the Monocots II and Grasses III Conference. CSIRO; Melbourne.

Galloway, E.M., and Duvall, M. R. 1998. Extraction and analysis of DNA from recalcitrant plant leaf tissue. Ed. K. Higgins. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences 77:123-128.

Duvall, M., M. Chase, D. Soltis, and M. Clegg. 1995. A phylogeny of seed plants resulting from analysis of DNA sequence variation among the rbcL loci of 499 species with particular emphasis on alliances among monocotyledons. In: P. Hoch and A. Stephenson (eds.). Experimental and Molecular Approaches to Plant Biosystematics. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis. Pp. 27-40.