Marcus Kronforst

Marcus Kronforst

Department of Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago
1101 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Marcus Kronforst is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and the lab PI. His research focuses on the genetics and evolution of mimicry and speciation in butterflies. He and the members of his lab apply a combination of molecular and population genetics, phylogenetics, behavioral studies, and field research to address questions regarding evolution and genetics of adaptation and speciation.


University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, May 2004
Advisor: Lawrence E. Gilbert

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, May 1998.


Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago, 2012 – present

Bauer Fellow, FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, 2007 – 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Section of Integrative Biology, UT Austin, 2004 – 2007

Visiting Researcher, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 2004 – 2007

Funding Awards

2014-2018 National Science Foundation, Dimensions of Biodiversity: Connecting the proximate mechanisms responsible for organismal diversity to the ultimate causes of latitudinal gradients in species richness. Co-PI.

2010 – 2013 National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: The Comparative Genetics of Wing Pattern Diversity in Mimetic Butterflies. Co-PI.

2010 – 2012 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Determining the genetic basis of endangered species classification for the Callippe Silverspot butterfly, Speyeria callippe callippe. Co-PI

2008 – 2013 National Institutes of Health (National Institute of General Medical Sciences – National Centers for Systems Biology Grant), Biological Diversity: Generation, Control and Exploitation. Co-PI.

2007 – 2010 National Science Foundation, The Genetics of Speciation in Heliconius Butterflies. Prepared with L. E. Gilbert.

2004 – 2007 National Science Foundation, The Evolutionary History of Wing Patterning Genes in Heliconius Butterflies. Prepared with L. E. Gilbert.

2002 – 2004 National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant