(December 7, 2011)
Brett Holland, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences,
FAX: (916) 278-6993
Cell: (916) 317-9670
Ph.D. Biological Sciences,
M.S. Biological Sciences,
Professor, Biological Sciences,
General Genetics: upper division, major requirement, lecture and laboratory (14 semesters)
Evolution: graduate, lecture and discussion (7 semesters)
Evolution: upper division, lecture and discussion (2 semesters)
Biology: A Human Perspective, lower division, GE/non-majors (2 semesters)
Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar (3 semesters)
Honors Research Proseminar: lecture (2 semesters)
Basic Biological Concepts laboratory, lower division core course for majors, (1 semester)
Basic Biological Concepts lecture, lower division, GE/non-majors (1 semester)
Teaching Assistant, UCSC, 1993-99.
Behavioral Ecology, Psychobiology, Sociobiology, General Genetics, General Biology, Biology of AIDS
General biology laboratory
Fellow, 2000-03, Lawrence
Research: Developmental evolutionary genetics – testing for conservation of ‘housekeeping’ genes’ expression during embryogenesis through interspecific comparisons of mRNA expression patterns using in situ hybridization. Supervised post-graduate research assistant.
Projects: characterization of mRNA expression in Drosophila reproductive tissue using micro-arrays. Evolutionary genetics of transposons using doc/Drosophila model.
Evolutionary genetics of sexual selection. Used experimental evolution to test for gene (co)evolution within Drosophila populations. Evaluated (1) sexually antagonistic genes’ abatement in the absence of sexual selection and (2) the rate of adaptive evolution as a function of sexual selection. Coauthored hypothesis for the evolution of sexually selected ornaments based on antagonistic coevolution of loci with sex-specific selection coefficients.
Developed methods for the structural characterization of immunoglobulins using HPLC and affinity chromatography.
Cabral, L.G. and B. Holland. The truth behind wing-song: Testing the good-genes theory in Drosophila melanogaster. In prep.
Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 2005. Experimentally enforced monogamy: Inadvertent selection, inbreeding, or evidence for sexually antagonistic coevolution? Evolution 59:682–685.
Stemmer, W. and B. Holland. 2004. Survival of the fittest molecule. American Scientist 91:526-533.
Pitnick, S., G.T. Miller, J. Reagan and B. Holland. 2001. Males’ evolutionary response to experimental removal of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 268:1071-1080.
Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 1999. Reply to comments on the chase-away model of sexual selection. Evolution 53:302-306.
Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 1997. The enemies within: intergenomic conflict, interlocus contest evolution (ICE) and the intraspecific red queen. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 41:1-10.
2000 Society of Animal Behaviour,
for the Study of Evolution.
Symposium: progress and prospects
in experimental evolution.
2008 United States Academic Decathlon (Evolution primer for ~200 high school students), Host Craig Irish
2004 CSU Humboldt, Humboldt, CA. Host – Dr. D. Goley
2001 Society for the Study of Evolution.
1998 Human Behavior & Evolution
for the Study of Evolution.
1998 International Society for Behavioral
Goethe Foundation grant, 2004, 2005
Research and Creative Activities grant, 2006, 2008, 2009
Department fellow, 1999.
GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellow, 1996-98
Summer fellow, 1995, 1996
Regents’ fellow, 1992
State graduate fellow, 1990
Graduate assistantship, 1989, 1990
Evolution International Journal of Organic Evolution
Peer Review – Manuscripts
Annals of the Entomological Society of
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Entomological Society of
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Peer Review – Grant Applications