I am a NSF postdoctoral fellow working with John McKay at Colorado State University. My postdoctoral fellowship, titled Using genotype and environment to predict water use physiology in rice, is funded by the NSF's National Plant Genome Initiative. 

I'm originally from California, but have spent much of my academic career in colder, rainier places. Broadly, I'm interested in understanding how and why traits vary within a species, and in using that understanding to address real world problems (e.g. food production, species conservation). I integrate approaches from the fields of ecology, physiology, genetics, and evolutionary biology, and I work in the field, the greenhouse, the lab, and on high-performing computer clusters. I also enjoy science fiction, free-style botanizing, and hiking.

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Research Areas:
Evolution, Genetics, Genomics, Phenomics


Moyers, B.T.*, G.L. Owens*, G.J. Baute and L.H. Rieseberg. (2017) The genetic architecture of UV floral patterning in sunflower. Annals of Botany 120 (1): 39. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcx038. * co-first authors

Tanger, P., S. Klassen, J.P. Mojica, J.T. Lovell, B.T. Moyers, M. Baraoidan, M.E.B. Naredo, K.L. McNally, J. Poland, D.R. Bush, H. Leung, J.E. Leach and J.K. McKay. (2017) Field-based high throughput phenotyping rapidly identifies genomic regions controlling yield components in rice. Nature Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 42839. doi:10.1038/srep42839.

Moyers, B.T. and L.H. Rieseberg. (2016) Remarkable life history polymorphism may be evolving under divergent selection in the silverleaf sunflower. Molecular Ecology 25: 3817. doi:10.1111/mec.13723.

Todesco, M.*, M.A. Pascual*, G.L. Owens*, K.L. Ostevik*, B.T. Moyers*, S. Hübner*, S.M. Heredia*, M. Hahn*, C. Caseys*, D.G. Bock*, and L.H. Rieseberg. (2016) Hybridization and extinction. Evolutionary Applications 9: 892. doi: 10.1111/eva.12367. * authors in reverse-alphabetical order

Moyers, B.T. and L.H. Rieseberg. (2013) Divergence in gene expression is uncoupled from divergence in coding sequence in a secondarily woody sunflower. International Journal of Plant Science 174: 1079. doi:10.1086/671197.

Ziebell, A.L., J.G. Barb, S. Sandhu, B.T. Moyers, R.W. Sykes, C. Doeppke, K.L. Gracom, M. Carlile, L.F. Marek, M.F. Davis, S.J. Knapp, J.M. Burke. (2013) Sunflower as a biofuels crop: An analysis of lignocellulosic chemical properties. Biomass and Bioenergy 59: 208.

Renaut, S., C.J. Grassa, S. Yeaman, B.T. Moyers, Z. Lai, N.C. Kane, J.E. Bowers, J.M. Burke, and L.H. Rieseberg. (2013) Genomic islands of divergence are not affected by geography of speciation in sunflowers. Nature Communications 4: 1827. doi:10.1038/ncomms2833.

Fournier-Level, A., A.M. Wilczek, M.D. Cooper, J. Roe, J. Anderson, D. Eaton, B.T. Moyers, R. Petipas, R. Schaeffer, B. Pieper, M. Reymond, M. Koorneef, S.M. Welch, D.L. Remington, and J. Schmitt. (2013) Paths to selection on life-history loci in different natural environments across the native range of Arabidopsis thalianaMolecular Ecology 22: 3552. doi: 10.111/mec.12285.

Vines, T.H., R.L. Andrew*, D.G. Bock*, M.T. Franklin*, K.J. Gilbert*, N.C. Kane*, E.J. Kleynhans*, J.-S. Moore*, B.T. Moyers*, S. Renaut*, D.J. Rennison*, T. Veen*, and S. Yeaman*. (2013) Mandated archiving greatly improves access to research data. FASEB Journal 27: 1304. doi: 10.1096/fj.12-218164. * authors in alphabetical order, UBC Reproducibility Group

Renaut, S., C.J. Grassa, B.T. Moyers, N.C. Kane, and L.H. Rieseberg. (2012) The population genomics of sunflowers and genomic determinants of protein evolution revealed by RNA-Seq. Biology 1: 575-596. doi: 10.3390/biology1030575.

Gilbert, K.J., R.L. Andrew*, D.G. Bock*, M.T. Franklin*, N.C. Kane*, J-S. Moore*, B.T. Moyers*, S. Renaut*, D.J. Rennison*, T. Veen*, and T.H. Vines*. (2012) Opinion: Recommendations for utilizing and reporting population genetic analyses: the reproducibility of genetic clustering using the program structure. Molecular Ecology 21: 4925-4930. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05754.x * authors in alphabetical order, UBC Reproducibility Group

Ostevik, K.L., B.T. Moyers, G.L. Owens, L.H. Rieseberg. (2012) Parallel ecological speciation in plants? International Journal of Ecology, vol. 2012: Article ID 939862. doi:10.1155/2012/939862.

Moyers, B.T., and N.C. Kane. (2010) Perspective: The genetics of adaptation to novel environments: selection on germination timing in Arabidopsis thalianaMolecular Ecology 19: 1270­–1272.

Wilczek, A., J.L. Roe, M.C. Knapp, M.D. Cooper, C. Lopez-Gallego, L.J. Martin, C.D. Muir, S. Sim, A. Walker, J. Anderson, J.F. Egan, B.T. Moyers, R. Petipas, A. Giakountis, E. Charbit, G. Coupland, S.M. Welch, J. Schmitt. (2009) Effects of Genetic Perturbation on Seasonal Life History Plasticity. Science 323: 930.

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Volunteer Activities

Software and Data Carpentry Instructor

Reviewer: Biology Letters, Evolution, Evolutionary Applications, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Evolutionary Ecology, Conservation Genetics, and the Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society (see also my Publons profile)

Volunteer: Poudre Wilderness VolunteersBoys & Girls Club of Larimer County, Food Bank for Larimer County

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education