Janis Antonovics

Research Professor of Biology
051 Gilmer Hall
(434) 243-5077


  • B.A., Cambridge University, 1963
  • Ph.D., University of Wales, 1966

Research Interests

Research in my lab is on the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease in natural populations. Current research questions focus on the role of diseases in determining species range limits, host-pathogen co-evolution, and the evolutionary dynamics of sexually transmitted diseases. The research combines theoretical modeling with empirical research on sexually transmitted diseases of plants (the anther smuts) and analysis of datasets involving diseases of organisms ranging from bumble-bees to humans.

For more information about research interests, please visit my lab website.

Representative Publications

  • Antonovics, J. (2016). The value of concept: lessons from the evolution of antibiotic resistance. In: Van Aaken, A., and Antonovics, J. (Eds). Too big to handle? Interdisciplinary perspectives on the question of why societies ignore looming disasters. Special Issue. Global Policy, 7: 97-1006.
  • Antonovics, J., Bergman, J., Hempel, S. Verbruggen, E. Veresoglou, S., Rillig, M.C. (2015). The evolution of mutualism from reciprocal parasitism: more ecological clothes for the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Evolutionary Ecology, 29: 627-641.
  • Rillig, M. C., Antonovics, J., Caruso , T., Lehmann, A., Powell, J. R., Veresoglou, S. D., and Verbruggen, E.  2015. Coalescence of entire communities: microbial community interchange. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30: 470-476.
  • Bruns, E., Hood, M. E., Antonovics, J. 2015.  Rate of resistance evolution and polymorphism in long- and short-lived hosts. Evolution, 69: 551-560.
  • Antonovics, J., Boots, M., Ebert, D., Koskella, B., Poss, M., Sadd, B. M. 2012. The origin of specificity by means of natural selection: evolved and non-host  resistance in host-pathogen systems. Evolution, 67:1-9.
  • Baker, C., and Antonovics, J.  2012. Evolutionary determinants of genetic variation in susceptibility to infectious diseases in humans. PlosOne, 7 (1) e29089 1-9.