Sean Schoville

Sean Schoville

Assistant Professor

637 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706



University of California, Berkeley, May 2009
Ph.D. in Environmental Science Policy and Management

State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2001-2002
Doctoral Candidate

University of California, Berkeley, May 2000
B.A. with Honors in Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley, May 2000
B.A. in English Literature

Research in my lab focuses on species diversity, determining the role of ecological and evolutionary processes in generating this diversity, and developing management and conservation strategies that incorporate these processes. We develop and apply genetic approaches to address research questions, often integrating spatial environmental data, ecological studies, physiological experiments, and morphological variation.

The major research themes of my lab include:

Rapid evolutionary change
Biogeography, local adaptation and gene flow
Biological responses to global change
Species diversity and conservation
Alpine Biology

Entomology/Genetics 472: Molecular Evolution
Entomology 875: Landscape Genomics Seminar

Professional Societies:
Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB)
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)


Selected Recent Publications

  • Schoville, S.D., et al. 2018. A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Science Reports (available: bioRxiv, 192641)
  • Pélissié, B., M. Crossley, Z. Cohen, and S.D. Schoville. 2018. Population genomics provide insight on mechanisms of rapid evolution in insect pests. Current Opinion in Insect Science
  • S.D. Schoville, A. Dalongeville, G. Viennois, F. Gugerli, P. Taberlet, B. Lequette, N. Alvarez, and S. Manel. 2018. Preserving genetic connectivity in the European Alps protected area network. Biological Conservation 218: 99-109.
  • Crossley, M., Y. Chen, R. Groves and S.D. Schoville. 2017. Landscape genomics of Colorado potato beetle provides evidence of polygenic adaptation to insecticides. Molecular Ecology 26(22): 6284–6300.
  • Slatyer, R.S., and S.D. Schoville. 2016. Physiological limits are not associated with elevation in a radiation of montane beetles. PLoS One 11(4): e0151959.
  • Frichot, E., S.D. Schoville, P. de Villemereuil, O. Gaggiotti, O. François. 2015. Detecting adaptive evolution based on association with ecological gradients: Orientation matters! Heredity 115: 22-28.
  • Schoville, S.D., R.S. Slatyer, J.C. Bergdahl, G.A. Valdez. 2015. Conserved and narrow temperature limits in alpine insects: thermotolerance and supercooling points of the ice-crawlers, Grylloblatta (Insecta: Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae).” Journal of Insect Physiology 78: 55-61.
  • Schoville, S.D. 2014. Recent progress in the systematics and evolutionary biology of Grylloblattidae (Grylloblattodea).Systematic Entomology 39(2): 197-204.
  • Joost, S., S. Vuilleumier, J. Jensen, S. Schoville, K. Leempoel, I. Widmer, S. Stucki, C. Melo de Lima, J. Roland, S. Manel. 2013. Uncovering the genetic basis of adaptive change: on the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. Molecular Ecology 22: 3659-3665.
  • Frichot, E., S. Schoville, G. Bouchard, and O. François. 2013. Testing for associations between loci and environmental gradients using latent factor mixed models. Molecular Biology and Evolution 30: 1687-1699.
  • Schoville, S.D., T. Uchifune, and R. Machida. 2013. Colliding fragment islands transport independent lineages of endemic rock-crawlers (Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae) in the Japanese archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 915-927.
  • Schoville, S.D., A. Bonin, O. François, S. Lobreaux, C. MeloDelima, and S. Manel. 2012. Adaptive genetic variation on the landscape: methods and cases. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 43:23-43.
  • Schoville, S.D., F.S. Barreto, G.W. Moy, A. Wolff, and R.S. Burton. 2012. Investigating the molecular basis of local adaptation to thermal stress: population differences in gene expression across the transcriptome of the copepod
    Tigriopus californicus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:170.
  • Schoville, S.D., A.D. Lam, G.K. Roderick. 2012. A rangewide genetic bottleneck overwhelms landscape heterogeneity and local abundance in shaping genetic patterns of an alpine butterfly (Lepidoptera: Pieridae: Colias behrii). Molecular Ecology 21: 4242-4256.


Information about ongoing research projects is available on my laboratory website