Subject areas:

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife Sciences

Keywords: molecular ecology, evolution, conservation

Willoughby is an expert in the areas of molecular ecology and evolution, conservation genetics and genomics.

Broadly, Willoughby is interested in how wild populations evolve, and in particular how populations evolve in response to changes in their environment. Her research relies heavily on next-generation sequencing data coupled with computationally intensive analyses of these data, characterization of various genetic markers and pedigrees, and agent-based models.

Our research focuses on population genetics of wild populations, with applications to conservation.


  • Banner-tailed kangaroo rats
  • Steller sea lions
  • Genetic mark-recapture of large populations
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Post Doc Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Purdue University (past)

PhD, Purdue University, Wildlife Genetics, 2015
MS, Central Michigan University, Conservation Biology, 2012
BA, Wittenberg University, Biology, 2005
population biology conservation biology ecology genetics