Kurt Galbreath

Assistant Professor   

Kurt Galbreath
2119 New Science Facility
Office Phone (906) 227-1586
kgalbrea@nmu.edu

 

Education

2009. PhD – Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University “Of pikas and parasites: biogeography of an alpine host-parasite assemblage”

2002. MS – Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks “Phylogeography of the tundra vole (Microtus oeconomus) in Beringia”

1997. BS – Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University

 

Research Interests

I study the diversity and historical biogeography/phylogeography of northern faunas, with a particular focus on parasites and their mammalian hosts across Asia and North America.  My research combines museum-based field collections with laboratory-based molecular studies to study the consequences of past environmental perturbations (e.g., climatic cooling and warming) for population demography, diversification, and community assembly.  

 

Teaching

BI 221 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BI 322 - Vertebrate Zoology

BI 423 - Parasitology

BI 520 - Systematics

 

Selected Publications

Cook J, Edwards S, Lacey E, Guralnick R, Soltis P, Soltis D, Welch C, Bell K, Galbreath K, Himes C, Allen J, Heath T, Carnaval A, Cooper K, Liu M, Hanken J. 2014. Aiming up: natural history collections as emerging resources for innovative undergraduate education in biology. Bioscience 64:725–734.

Galbreath K, Ragaliauskaitė K, Kontrimavicius L, Makarikov A, and Hoberg E. 2013. A widespread distribution for Arostrilepis tenuicirrosa (Eucestoda : Hymenolepididae) among arvicoline rodent hosts (Cricetidae) from the Palearctic based on molecular and morphological criteria: historical and biogeographic implications. Acta Parasitologica 58:441–452.

Hope A, Takebayashi N, Galbreath K, Talbot S, and Cook J. 2013. Temporal, spatial and ecological dynamics of speciation among amphi-Beringian small mammals. Journal of Biogeography 40: 415–429.

Makarikov A, Galbreath K, and Hoberg E. 2013. Diversity at the Holarctic nexus: species of Arostrilepis (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) in arvicoline rodents (Cricetidae: Arvicolinae) from greater Beringia. Zootaxa. 3608:401-439.

Hoberg E, Galbreath K, Cook J, Kutz S, and Polley L. 2012. Northern host- parasite assemblages:  history and biogeography on the borderlands of episodic climate and environmental transition. Advances in Parasitology 79:1-97.

Galbreath K and Hoberg E. 2012. Return to Beringia: parasites reveal cryptic biogeographic history of North American pikas.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 279:371-378. (Featured in Nature’s Research Highlights, 23 June 2011).

Galbreath K, Cook J, Eddingsaas A, and DeChaine E. 2011. Diversity and demography in Beringia: multi-locus tests of paleodistribution models reveal complex histories for arctic ground squirrels. Evolution 65:1879-1896.

Galbreath K, Hafner D, Zamudio K, and Agnew K. 2010. Isolation and introgression in the Intermountain West: contrasting gene genealogies reveal the complex biogeographic history of the American pika (Ochotona princeps). Journal of Biogeography 37:344-362. (Featured on cover)

Galbreath K, Hafner D, and Zamudio K. 2009. When cold is better: climate-driven elevation shifts yield complex patterns of diversification and demography in an alpine specialist (American pika, Ochotona princeps). Evolution 63:2848-2863. (Featured on cover)

Hoberg E, Pilitt P, and Galbreath K. 2009. Why museums matter: a tale of pinworms (Oxyuroidea: Heteroxynematidae) among pikas (Ochotona princeps and O. collaris) in the American West. Journal of Parasitology 95:490-501.

 

 

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