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I am a lecturer at the Bio-Protection research centre at Lincoln University in New Zealand. My work focuses on a number of "big picture" problems in evolution and ecology and is rooted in a strong background in natural history and an interest in plant-insect interactions. I endeavor to use this experience to motivate novel hypotheses which I test with a variety of modern techniques; including statistical theory, correlative studies and small-scale experiments. See a list of my projects.


20. Godsoe, W. 2014. Inferring the similarity of species distributions using Species’ Distribution Models. Ecography 37: 130-136, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00403.x.

19. Gamlen-Greene, R., Clemens, J., Morgenroth, J., Lechner, M., & Godsoe, W. 2014. When belowground rumbles: a plant’s interactions with antagonists are robust to earthquake-induced shifts in the below-ground environment. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 38(1),

18. Godsoe, W. Larson, M. A. Glennon, K. L. and Segraves, K. A. 2013 Polyploidization in Heuchera cylindrica (Saxifragaceae) did not result in a shift in climatic requirements. American Journal of Botany. 100, 496-508.

17. Yoder, J. B. Smith, C. I. Rowley, D. J. Flatz, R. Godsoe, W. Drummond, C. Pellmyr, O. 2013 Effects of gene flow on phenotype matching between two varieties of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia; Agavaceae) and their pollinators. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 1220-1233.

16. Beckage, B. Gross L. Platt, W. Godsoe, W. and D. Simberloff. 2012. Individual variation and weak neutrality as determinants of forest diversity. Frontiers in Biogeography. 3(4). fb_12446

15. Godsoe, W., and L., J., Harmon. 2012. How do species interactions affect species distribution models? Ecography. 35: 811-820.

14. Smith, C. I., Tank, S., Godsoe, W., Levenick, J., Strand, E., Esque, T., and O. Pellmyr. 2011. Plants and herbivorous insects are evolutionary communities: concerted range changes in Joshua trees and four yucca moths. PLoS one. 6: e25628.

13. Beckage, B. Gross L. Platt, W. Godsoe, W. and D. Simberloff. Accepted. Individual variation and weak neutrality as determinants of forest diversity. Frontiers in Biogeography.

12. Godsoe, W. 2010. I can’t define the niche but I know it when I see it: a formal link between statistical theory and the ecological niche. Oikos. 119: 53-60.

11. Godsoe, W. 2010. Regional variation exaggerates ecological divergence in niche models. Systematic Biology. 59: 298-306. (Cover illustration)

10. Godsoe, W., Yoder, J., Smith, C. I., Drummond, C. S., and O. Pellmyr. 2010. Absence of population-level phenotype matching in an obligate pollination mutualism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2739-2746.

9. Yoder, J. B., Des Roches, S., Eastman, J., Gentry, L., Godsoe, W. Hagey, T., Jochimsen D., Oswald, B., Robertson, J., Sarver, B., Schenk, J. J., Spear, S., and L. J. Harmon. 2010. Perspective: ecological opportunity and the origin of adaptive radiations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 1581-1596.

8. Godsoe, W., Strand, E., Smith, C. I., Yoder, J. B., Esque, T. C., and O. Pellmyr. 2009. Divergence in an obligate mutualism is not explained by divergent climatic requirements. The New Phytologist. 183: 589-599. (Cover mention)

7. Pellmyr, O., Yoder, J. B., and W. Godsoe. 2009. Prodoxus praedictus, sp.n., a new bogus yucca moth from southern California. Journal of the Lepidopterist’s Society. 63:137-140.

6. Smith, C. I., Drummond, C. D., Godsoe, W., Yoder, J. B., and O. Pellmyr. 2009. Host specificity and reproductive success of yucca moths (Tegeticula spp. Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae) mirror patterns of gene flow between host plant varieties of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia: Agavaceae). Molecular Ecology. 18: 5218-5229. (Cover photograph)

5. Smith, C. I. Godsoe, W. Tank, S. Yoder, J. B., and O. Pellmyr. 2008. Distinguishing coevolution from covicariance in an obligate pollination mutualism: Asynchronous divergence in Joshua tree and its pollinators. Evolution. 62: 2676-2687. (Cover photograph)

4. Godsoe, W., Yoder, J. B., Smith, C. I., and O. Pellmyr. 2008. Coevolution and divergence in the Joshua tree/ Yucca moth mutualism. The American Naturalist. 171: 816-823.

3. Gomulkiewicz, R., Drown, D. M., Dybdahl, M, Godsoe, W. Nuismer, S. L., Pepin, K. M., Ridenhour, B., Smith, C. I., and J. B. Yoder. 2007. Dos and Don’ts of testing the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Heredity. 98: 249-258.

2. Agrawal, A., Kotanen, P., Mitchell, C., Power, A., Godsoe, W., and J. Klironomos. 2005. Enemy release? An experiment with congeneric plant pairs and diverse above and belowground enemies. Ecology. 86: 2979-2989.

1. Godsoe, W. 2003. Evidence for the extirpation of Ceropales bipunctata Say (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) in Ontario. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario. 134: 137-142.

Photo captions

Top: Hiking in Canterbury New Zealand. Middle: Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia var. brevifolia in Tikaboo valley NV. Fresh snow in the distance. Bottom: Greya enchrysa Spalding Idaho.