Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Entomology
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As an organismal evolutionary biologist, who focuses on social insects and their gut-associated microbes, Dr. Moreau is interested in the role of diversification, biogeography, and symbiosis in shaping macroevolutionary processes to better understand broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life. To accomplish these goals she leverages field-based research with molecular and genomic tools to address the origin of species and how co-evolved systems benefit both partners. In addition to her passion for scientific research, Dr. Moreau is also engaged with efforts to promote science communication and increase diversity in the sciences.
- Ph.D. Harvard University (2003 – 2007)
- M.A. San Francisco State University/California Academy of Sciences (2000 – 2003)
- B.S. San Francisco State University (1996 – 2000)
- Moreau, C. S. & Ware, J. L. (2021). Fund natural-history museums, not de-extinction. Nature 598: 32.
- Duplais, C., Sarou-Kanian, V., Massiot, D., Hassan, A., Perrone, B., Estevez, Y., Wertz, J. T., Martineau, E., Farjon, J., Giraudeau, P. & Moreau, C. S. (2021). Gut bacteria are essential for normal cuticle development in herbivorous turtle ants. Nature Communications 12: 676.
- Grewe, F., Kronforst, M. R., Pierce, N. E. & Moreau, C. S. (2021). Museum genomics reveals the Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces) was a distinct species driven to extinction. Biology Letters 17: 20210123.
- Nelsen, M. P., Ree, R. H. & Moreau, C. S. (2018). Ant-plant interactions evolved through increasing interdependence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 115(48): 12253-12258.
- Short, A. E. Z., Dikow, T. & Moreau, C. S. (2018). Entomological collections in the age of big data. Annual Review of Entomology 63: 513-530.
- Blanchard, B. D. & Moreau, C. S. (2017). Defensive traits exhibit an evolutionary trade-off and drive diversification in ants. Evolution 71-2: 315-328.
- Rubin, B. E. R. & Moreau, C. S. (2016). Comparative genomics reveals convergent rates of evolution in ant-plant mutualisms. Nature Communications 7: 12679.
- Moreau, C. S. & Bell, C. D. (2013). Testing the museum versus cradle biological diversity hypothesis: Phylogeny, diversification, and ancestral biogeographic range evolution of the ants. Evolution 67(8): 2240-2257.
- Russell, J. A.,+, Moreau, C. S.+, Goldman-Huertas, B., Fujiwara, M., Lohman, D. J. & Pierce, N. E. (2009). Bacterial gut symbionts are tightly linked with the evolution of herbivory in ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 106(50): 21236-21241. [+ co-first authors]
- Moreau, C. S., Bell, C. D., Vila, R., Archibald, S. B. & Pierce, N. P. (2006). Phylogeny of the ants: Diversification in the age of angiosperms. Science 312(5770): 101–104.
Awards & Honors
- Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. 2021.
- Cornell Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Champion Award. 2021.
- Entomological Society of American Fellow. 2020.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. 2018.
- National Geographic Women of Impact 2018.
- Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society) elected full member. 2018.
- Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 2016.
- National Geographic Explorer – National Geographic Society. 2014.
- Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 2007–2008
- ENTOM 9900: Doctoral Level Thesis Research
- BIOG 2990: Introduction to Research Methods in Biology
- BIOEE 9990: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
- ENTOM 4040
- ENTOM 4610
- ENTOM 7670
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Corrie in the news
What is your area of research and why is it important? I am interested in understanding how organisms’ interactions within cities influence their ecology and evolution. I am aiming to study the genetic variation between urban and natural ant...
- Department of Entomology
- Climate Change
Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, has announced the appointment of Corrie S. Moreau as the inaugural senior associate dean of diversity and inclusion for CALS. Her three-year appointment is effective Jan. 2, 2023, and will run through Dec. 31, 2025.
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Department of Entomology