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Beckie Symula

Beckie Symula

Dr. Rebecca Symula

Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi


Office: 202 Shoemaker Hall
Telephone: (662) 915-2709

Research Interests:

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Color pattern evolution
  • Frogs
  • Mimicry
  • Speciation


  • BISC 160
  • BISC 162

Education and training:

Post-doctoral associate, Epidemiology & Public Health/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2009-2011)
Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Behavior University of Texas at Austin (2009)
M.S. Biology East Carolina University (2001)
B.S. Biology Susquehanna University (1997)

Selected publications:

*Co-first Author
Alam, U., Hyseni, C., Symula, R., Brelsfoard, C., Wu, Y., Kruglov, O., Okedi, L., Caccone, G., Aksoy, S. Microfauna-host interactions: implications for trypanosome transmission dynamics in Glossina fuscipes fuscipes in Uganda. In Review Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Rio, R.*, Symula, R*., Wang, J., Lohs, C., Wu, Y., Snyder, A., Bjornson, R. Oshima, K., Biehl, B., Perna, N., Hattori, M., Aksoy, S. Insight into transmission biology and species-specific functional capabilities of tsetse’s obligate symbiont Wigglesworthia. In Press mBio.

Symula, R., Aksoy, S., Caccone, A. 2011. Phylogeographic examination of geographically isolated populations of W. g. fuscipes reveals strict vertical transmission of symbionts and correlation with patterns identified in host populations. In Press Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77:8400-8408.

Symula, R., Keogh, J.S., Cannatella, D.C. 2008. Ancient phylogeographic divergence in southeastern Australia among populations of the widespread common froglet, Crinia signifera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 47:569-580.

Symula, R., Schulte, R. and Summers, K. 2003. Molecular systematics and phylogeography of Amazonian poison frogs of the genus Dendrobates. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 26: 452-475.

Symula, R., Schulte, R. and Summers, K. 2001. Molecular phylogenetic evidence for a mimetic radiation in Peruvian poison frogs supports Müllerian mimicry hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, 268:2415-2421.