Wanek School of Natural Sciences

Cynthia Vigueira

My research is focused on population and quantitative genetics. I am interested in how genetic variation is shaped by selection, demography and other evolutionary forces. Currently, there are several research projects underway in the Vigueira lab.

Evolution of weedy red rice: Rice (Oryza sativa) is the most widely consumed food for much of the world’s population. Weedy red rice is a conspecific weed and is one of the biggest factors that limits rice production. We are studying the evolution of weedy red rice in different world regions in hopes to understand how to better combat this pest species.

Pollinator Task Force: Native pollinators are important contributors to crop and wild flower pollination. These insects are understudied compared to the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). We have projects that look at how forest gaps contribute to habitat for native pollinators. We are also studying the impacts of fire surrogates on native pollinator abundance and diversity.

Several other projects are in progress, please contact me for more information or visit my website:

Vigueira Lab Website

ResearchGate Profile:


Vigueira CC*, Kanapeckas KL*, Ortiz A, Gettler A, Burgos NR, Fisher AJ, and AL Lawton-Rauh (2016). Escape to Ferality: The Endoferal Origin of Weedy Rice from Crop Rice through De-Domestication. PLoS One 11: e0162676. (*Shared first authorship)· 

Vigueira CC, Small LL, and KM Olsen (2016). Long-term balancing selection at the Phosphorus Starvation Tolerance 1 (PSTOL1) locus in wild, domesticated, and weedy rice (Oryza). BMC Plant Biology 16:1.

Qi X, Liu Y, Vigueira CC, Young ND, Caicedo AL, Jia Y, Gealy DR, and KM Olsen (2015). More than one way to evolve a weed: parallel evolution of US weedy rice through independent genetic mechanisms. Molecular Ecology 24:3329-3344.

Gerbault P, Allaby RG, Rudzinski A, Grimaldi IM, Boivin M, Pires JC, Vigueira CC, et al. (2014). Story Telling and Story Testing in Domestication: Can Modeling Help? PNAS 111:6159-6164.

Larson G, Piperno DR, Allaby R, Purugganan M, Andersson L, Arroyo-Kalin M, Barton L, Vigueira CC, et al. (2014). Current Perspectives and the Future of Domestication Studies. PNAS 111:6139-46.

Vigueira CC, Li W, and KM Olsen (2013). The role of Bh4 in parallel evolution of hull color in domesticated rice and weedy rice. J Evol Biol 26:1738-49.

Vigueira CC, Rauh BL, Mitchell-Olds T, and AL Lawton-Rauh (2013). Signatures of demography and recombination at coding genes in naturally-distributed populations of Arabidopsis lyrata subsp. petraea. PLoS One 8: e58916.

Vigueira CC, Olsen KM, and A Caicedo (2013). The red queen in the corn: Weeds as models for rapid adaptive evolution. Heredity 110: 303-311.

Manfre AJ, LaHatte GA, Climer CR, and WR Marcotte, Jr (2009). Seed dehydration and the establishment of desiccation tolerance during seed maturation is altered in the Arabidopsis thaliana mutant atem6-1. Plant and Cell Physiology 50:243-253.

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