Maia Bailey

Evolutionary BiologyMaia Bailey headshot

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2002
  • B.A., University of Chicago, 1992

Research website

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Courses taught :

  • BIO104 General Biology II
  • BIO124 Ethnobotany
  • BIO127 Genes and Gender
  • BIO209 Introductory Botany
  • BIO403 Plant Physiology


My lab explores how selection pressures on genes, individuals and populations act together to produce the variation we see in nature. We use plant sex expression as model systems for this research. Because the number and types of gametes an individual makes should be under extreme selection pressure, the amazing variety of sexual types present in plant populations and their varying frequencies among populations is intriguing and may indicate selection on selfish genes or populations. Students can work in the field and/or lab using a variety of techniques from GIS to genetic markers.

Recent Publications:

  • Delph, L.F. and M.F. Bailey 2010. Perspective The nearness of you: the effect of population structure on siring success in a gynodioecious species. Molecular Ecology 19: 1520-1522.
  • McCauley, D.E. and M.F. Bailey 2009. Invited Review Recent advances in the study of gynodioecy: the interface of theory and empiricism. Annals of Botany 104: 611-620.
  • Bailey, M.F. and L.F. Delph 2007. A field guide to models of sex-ratio evolution in gynodioecious species. Oikos 116(10): 1609-1617.
  • Bailey, M.F. and L.F. Delph 2007. Sex-ratio evolution in nuclear-cytoplasmic gynodioecy when restoration is a threshold trait. Genetics 176: 2465-2476.
  • McCauley, D.E., A.K. Sundby, M.F. Bailey and M.E. Welch 2007. Inheritance of chloroplast DNA is not strictly maternal in Silene vulgaris (Caryophyllaceae): Evidence from experimental crosses and natural populations. American Journal of Botany 94(8): 1333-1337.
  • Delph, L.F., P. Touzet and M.F. Bailey 2007. Merging theory and mechanism in studies of gynodioecy. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22: 17-24.