Kurt Galbreath, PhD

Assistant Professor   

Kurt Galbreath
2119 New Science Facility
Office Phone (906) 227-1586



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.  



BI 221 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BI 322 - Vertebrate Zoology

BI 423 - Parasitology


Selected Publications

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.