Dr. Doust

Dr. Andrew Doust

Head of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Department

Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA

405-744-2544 (Head)

405-744-9559 (Research)






PBIO 1404 Plant Biology, every fall semester.

Basic concepts in the biology of plants from the perspective of structure and function, ecology and evolution, and diversity. 


PBIO 5553 Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis, spring semesters of odd-numbered years.
This class uses DNA and protein data to construct phylogenies to examine species relationships, gene evolution, biogeography, and morphological evolution. It covers issues of aligning sequences, choosing evolutionary models, and constructing phylogenies, using all types of analysis. Classes consist of lecture, discussion, and computer labs, and all students are required to do a major project that integrates all aspects of the course in the pursuit of their own research questions.  


My lab and I are interested in the evolution of plant morphology. Lab projects include evolution of plant architecture in grasses (Poaceae), developmental genetics of domestication events in foxtail millet and other grasses, and evolution of fruit shape and of seed oils in Paysonia and related mustard species (Brassicaceae). We use phylogenetic, quantitative genetic, developmental genetic, developmental morphological, and, increasingly, phenomic and digital analysis techniques in these analyses.



Recent Publications


For most recent publication list, see Google Scholar

Hu, Hao, Margarita Mauro-Herrera, and Andrew N. Doust. “Domestication and Improvement in the Model C4 Grass, Setaria.” Frontiers in Plant Science 9 (2018): 719. PMC. Web. 29 June 2018.

MA Gehan, N Fahlgren, A Abbasi, JC Berry, ST Callen L Chaves, AN Doust, MJ Feldman KB Gilbert, JG Hodge, JS Hoyer, A Lin, S Liu, C Lizárraga, A Lorence, M Miller, E Planton, M Tessman, T Sax. 2017. PlantCV v2: Image analysis software for high-throughput plant phenotyping. PeerJ 5 e4088

AN Doust, M Mauro-Herrera, JG Hodge, J Stromski. 2017. The C4 model grass Setaria is a short day plant with secondary long day genetic regulation. Frontiers in plant science 8, 1062

A Doust, X Diao. 2017. Genetics and Genomics of Setaria. Springer

AN Doust. 2017. The Effect of Photoperiod on Flowering Time, Plant Architecture, and Biomass in Setaria. Genetics and Genomics of Setaria, 197-210.

JG Hodge, AN Doust. 2017. Morphological Development of Setaria viridis from Germination to Flowering. Genetics and Genomics of Setaria, 161-175.

Mauro-Herrera, M. and A.N. Doust. 2016. Development and genetic control of plant architecture and biomass in the panicoid grass, Setaria. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151346.

SR Pant, S Irigoyen, AN Doust, KBG Scholthof, KK Mandadi. 2016. Setaria: A food crop and translational research model for C4 grasses. Frontiers in plant science 7

Doust, A.N., M. Mauro-Herrera, A.D. Francis, and L.C. Shand. 2014. Morphological diversity and genetic regulation of inflorescence abscission zones in grasses. American Journal of Botany 101: 1759-1769.

Larson, G, D.R. Piperno, R. Allaby, M. Purugganan, L. Andersson, M. Arroyo-Kalin, L. Barton, C. Climer Vigueira, T. Denham, K. Dobney, A.N. Doust, P. Gepts, T. Gilbert, K. Gremillion, L. Lucas, L. Lukens, F. Marshall, K.M. Olsen, J.C. Pires, P. Richerson, R. Rubio de Casas, O. Sanjur, M. Thomas, M.J. West-Eberhard, D.Q. Fuller. 2014. Current Perspectives and the Future of Domestication Studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 6139-6146.

AN Doust. 2013. New ways to gather grains. Developmental cell 25 (2), 114-115

Doust, A.N., Lukens, L., Olsen, K.M., Mauro-Herrera, M., Meyer, A., Rogers, K. 2014. Beyond the single gene:  How do epistasis and gene-by-environment effects influence crop domestication? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 6178-6183.

Kellogg E.A., Camara P.E.A.S., Rudall P.J., Ladd P., Malcomber S.T., Whipple C., Doust A.N. 2013. Early inflorescence development in the grasses (Poaceae). Frontiers in Plant Science 4: 00250. doi=10.3389/fpls.2013.00250.

Zhao, M., H. Zhi, A.N. Doust, W. Li, H. Li, Y. Wang, G. Jia, Y. Wang, N. Zhang, X. Diao. 2013. Novel genomes and genome constitutions identified by GISH and 5S rDNA and knotted1 genomic sequences in the genus Setaria. BMC Genomics 14:244.

Mauro-Herrera, M., X. Wang, H. Barbier, T.P. Brutnell, K.M. Devos, and A.N. Doust. 2013. Genetic control and comparative genomic analysis of flowering time in Setaria (Poaceae). Genes, Genomes, and Genetics 3: 283-295.

Bennetzen, J.L., J. Schmutz, H. Wang, R. Percifield, J. Hawkins, A.C. Pontaroli, M. Estep, L. Feng, J. Grimwood, J. Jenkins, K. Barry, E. Lindquist, U. Hellsten, S. Deshpande, X. Wang, X. Wu, T. Mitros, J. Triplett, X. Yang, C.-Y. Ye, M. Mauro-Herrara, L. Wang, P. Li, M. Sharma, R. Sharma, P.C. Ronald, O. Panaud, E.A. Kellogg, T. Brutnell, A.N. Doust, G.A. Tuskan, D. Rokhsar, and K.M. Devos. 2012. Reference Genome Sequence of the Model Plant Setaria. Nature Biotechnology 30: 555-569.

Smith, S.M., Y. Yuan, A.N. Doust, and J.L. Bennetzen. 2012. Haplotype Analysis and Linkage Disequilibrium at Five Loci in Eragrostis tef. Genes Genomes Genetics 2: 407-419.

Qian, J.Y., G.Q. Jia, H. Zhi, W. Li, Y.F. Wang, H.Q. Li, Z.L. Shang, A.N. Doust, X.M. Diao. 2012. Sensitivity to Gibberellin of Dwarf Foxtail Millet Varieties. Crop Science 52: 1068-1075.

Thapa, V., U. Melcher, G.B. Wiley, A.N. Doust, M.W. Palmer, K. Roewe, B.A. Roe, G.A. Shen, M.J. Roossinck, Y.M. Yang, N. Kamath. 2012. Detection of members of the Secoviridae in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA. Virus Research 167: 34-42.

JL Bennetzen, J Schmutz, H Wang, R Percifield, J Hawkins, AC Pontaroli, M Estep, L Feng, J Grimwood, J Jenkins, K Barry, E Lindquist, U Hellsten, S Deshpande, X Wang, X Wu, T Mitros, J Triplett, X Yang, CY Ye, M Mauro-Herrara, L Wang, P Li, M Sharma, R Sharma, PC Ronald, O Panaud, EA Kellogg, T Brutnell, A Doust, GA Tuskan, D Rokhsar, KM Devos. Grass genome structure, evolution and adaptation uncovered by sequence analysis of Setaria. 2012. Nature Biotech 30, 555-561.

Parkhurst, M.J., A.N. Doust, M. Mauro-Herrera, J.A. Steets, and J.M. Byrnes. 2011. Spatial Genetic Structure of the Tallgrass Prairie Grass Dichanthelium oligosanthes (Scribner's panicum). Oklahoma Native Plant Record. 11: 33-42.