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Timothy Mousseau

Title: Professor
Department: Biological Sciences; Earth Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-8047
Office: CLS, Room 706
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
Department of Biological Sciences 
Laboratory Website
Tim Mousseau


  • Environmental Risks & Hazards
  • Society, Policy & Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation Biology


Mousseau and his students have worked on a wide diversity of organisms, from bacteria to beetles to birds, and his primary areas of research interest include the genetic basis of adaptive variation, and the evolution of maternal effects. Since 1999, Professor Mousseau and his collaborators have explored the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the radioactive contaminants affecting populations of birds, insects and people inhabiting the Chernobyl region of Ukraine, and more recently, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Publications - edited volumes

Mousseau, T.A. and C.W. Fox. 2015. The Year in Evolutionary Biology, 2015. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1360: 1-144.

Mousseau, T.A., B. Sinervo, and J. A. Endler. 2000. Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild. Oxford University Press, 288pp.

Mousseau, T.A. and C.W. Fox. 1998. Maternal Effects As Adaptations. Oxford University Press, 400pp.

Publications - representative articles

Mousseau, T.A. 2019. The Biology of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, in preparation.

Jernfors, T., Jenni Kesäniemi, Anton Lavrinienko, Tapio Mappes, Gennadi Milinevsky, Anders P. Møller, Timothy A. Mousseau, Eugene Tukalenko, Phillip C. Watts. 2018. Transcriptional upregulation of DNA damage response genes in bank voles (Myodes glareolus) inhabiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 5: 95.

Møller, A.P., T.A. Mousseau. 2017. Radiation levels affect pollen viability and germination among sites and species at Chernobyl. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 178(7).

Møller, A.P., T.A. Mousseau. 2016. Are animals and plants adapting to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(4): 281-289.

Fill, J.M., J.L. Waldron, S.M. Welch, M. Martin, J. Cantrell, S.H. Bennett, W. G. Kalinowsky, J. Holloway, and T.A. Mousseau. 2015. Breeding and reproductive phenology of Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) in South Carolina. Journal of Herpetology, 49(4): 570-573. DOI:10.1670/14-031

Galvan, I., A. Bonisoli-Alquati, S. Jenkinson, G. Ghanem, K. Wakamatsu, T.A. Mousseau, A.P. Møller. 2014. Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favors adaptation to oxidative stress in birds. Functional Ecology, 28: 1387-1403, DOI: 10.111/1365-2435.12283

Mousseau, T.A., A.P. Møller. 2014. Genetic and ecological studies of animals in Chernobyl and Fukushima. Journal of Heredity, 105: 704-709.

Mousseau, T.A., G. Milinevsky, J. Kenney-Hunt, A.P. Møller. 2014. Highly reduced mass loss rates and increased litter layer in radioactively contaminated areas. Oecologia, 175(1): 429-437. DOI:10.1007/s00442-014-2908-8.

Møller, A.P. and T.A. Mousseau. 2013. The effects of natural variation in background radioactivity on humans, animals and other organisms. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 88:226-254.

Fedorka, K.M., W.E. Winterhalter, K.L. Shaw, W. Brogan, and T.A. Mousseau. 2012. The role of gene flow asymmetry along an environmental gradient in constraining local adaptation and range expansion. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25(8):1676-85. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02552.x

Møller, A.P., A. Bonisoli-Alquati, G. Rudolfsen, and T.A. Mousseau. 2011. Chernobyl birds have smaller brains. Public Library of Science – One, 6(2): Art. No. e16862. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016862

Møller, A.P., J. Erritzoe, F. Karadas, and T. A. Mousseau. 2010. Historical mutation rates predict susceptibility to radiation in Chernobyl birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(10): 2132-2142. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02074.x

Mousseau, T.A., T. Uller, E. Wapstra, A. Badyeav. 2009. Maternal Effects As Adaptations: Past and Present. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B-Biological Sciences, 364(1520): 1035-1038.

Stepanova, E., W. Karmaus, M. Naboka, V. Vdovenko, T. Mousseau, V. Shestopalov, J. Vena, E. Svendsen, D. Underhill, and H. Pastides. 2008. Exposure from the Chernobyl accident had adverse effects on erythrocytes, leukocytes, and, platelets in children in the Narodichesky region, Ukraine. A 6-year follow-up study. Environmental Health, 7:21.

Fedorka, K.M. and T.A. Mousseau. 2007. Immune system activation affects both the male sexual signal and reproductive potential in ground crickets. Behavioral Ecology, 18:231-235.

Møller, A.P., T. A. Mousseau. 2006. Biological consequences of Chernobyl: 20 years after the disaster. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 21: 200-207.

Møller, A. P., T. A. Mousseau, G. Milinevsky, A. Peklo, E. Pysanets and T. Szép. 2005. Condition, reproduction and survival of barn swallows from Chernobyl. Journal of Animal Ecology, 74: 1102-1111.

Fedorka, K., and T. A. Mousseau. 2004. Female choice for indirect benefits results in conflicting sex-specific offspring fitness. Nature 429 (6987): 65-67.

Litzgus, J.D. and T.A. Mousseau. 2003. Multiple clutching in southern spotted turtles, Clemmys guttata. Journal of Herpetology, 37: 17-23.

Fedorka, K.M. and T.A. Mousseau. 2002.Material and genetic benefits of female multiple mating and polyandry. Animal Behavior, 64: 361-367.

Møller, A. P. and T. A. Mousseau . 2001. Albinism and phenotype of barn swallows Hirundo rustica from Chernobyl. Evolution, 55 (10): 2097-2104.

Mousseau, T.A. 2000. Intra- and interpopulation genetic variation: Explaining the past and predicting the future. In: pp. 219-250, Mousseau, T.A., B. Sinervo, and J. A. Endler. 2000. Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild. Edited volume. Oxford University Press.

Roff, D.A. and T.A. Mousseau. 1999. Does natural selection alter genetic architecture? An evaluation of quantitative genetic variation among populations of Allonemobius socius and A. fasciatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 12: (2) 361-369.

Mousseau, T.A. and C.W. Fox. 1998. The adaptive significance of maternal effects. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 13:403-407.

Mousseau, T.A. 1997. Ectotherms follow the “Converse to Bergman’s Rule”. Evolution 51:630-632.

Fox, C.W. and T.A. Mousseau. 1996. Larval host plant affects the fitness consequences of egg size variation in the seed beetle, Stator limbatus. Oecologia 107:541-548.

Mousseau, T.A. and D.A. Roff. 1995. Genetic and environmental contributions to geographic variation in the ovipositor length of a cricket. Ecology 76: 1473-1482.

Dingle, H. and T.A. Mousseau. 1994. Geographic variation in embryonic development time and stage of diapause in a grasshopper. Oecologia 97:179-185.

Mousseau, T.A., and H. Dingle. 1991. Maternal effects in insect life histories. Annual Review of Entomology, 36:511-34.

Dingle, H., T.A. Mousseau, and S.K. Scott. 1990. Altitudinal variation in life cycle syndromes of the California grasshopper Melanoplus sanguinipes. Oecologia  84: 199-206.

Mousseau, T.A., and D.A. Roff. 1989. Adaptation to seasonality in a cricket:  Patterns of phenotypic and  genotypic variance in body size and diapause expression along a cline in season length. Evolution 43: 1483-1496.  

Mousseau, T.A., N.C. Collins, and G. Cabana. 1988. A comparative study of sexual selection and reproductive investment in the slimy sculpin. Oikos 51: 156-162.

Mousseau, T.A., and D.A. Roff. 1987. Natural selection and the heritability of fitness components. Heredity 59: 181-197.

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