Bybee, Seth


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4057  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-3152

Associate Professor

 Teaching Interests
General Biology, Entomology, Evolution
 Research Interests
Phylogenetics, Odonata, visual evolution
  • PostDoc, Phylogenomics, Brigham Young University, 2012
  • PostDoc, Behavioral ecology, University of California-Irvine, 2009
  • PhD, Phylogenetic Systematics, University of Florida, 2008
  • B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University, 2004

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California-Irvine, -Present

 Honors and Awards
  • Entomological Foundation of America : Snodgrass Memorial Research Award
  • National Science Foundation : Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty Institute for Reforming Science Teaching
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute : Graduate Student Mentor
  • Florida Entomological Society : Graduate Student Scholarship
  • National Meetings of the Entomological Society of America : President’s Prize for Best Student Paper runner-up
  • Entomological Foundation/Entomological Society of America : Stan Beck Fellowship
  • Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida : Gahan Scholarship
  • Honorable Mention, NSF Graduation Student Fellowship
  • Microptics Inc. : Photography Award
  • Entomological Foundation of America : BioQuip Undergraduate Scholarship
  • National Meetings of the Entomological Society of America : President's Prize for Best Student Paper runner-up
  • Entomological Foundation of America/Entomological Society of America : Stan Beck Fellowship
 Courses Taught

Fall 2018
  • BIO 100: Principles of Biology Section 001
  • BIO 420: Evolutionary Biology Section 001, 003
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 003
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 003
  • HONRS 101: Late Summer Honors Section 002
Summer 2018
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 006
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 007
Spring 2018
  • BIO 420: Evolutionary Biology Section 002
  • BIO 421: Evolutionary Biology Lab Section 002
  • BIO 441: Entomology Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 004, 027
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 003, 013
Winter 2018
  • BIO 100: Principles of Biology Section 001
  • BIO 559R: Advanced Systematics Section 016
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 003
  • IAS 201R: Cultural Survey Section 033

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bradshaw W, Bybee SM, Gill RA, Peck SL. 2018. A longitudinal study of attitudes toward evolution among undergraduates who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. PloS one. 13(11). <website> doi:

Manwaring KF, Jensen JL, Gill RA, Sudweeks RR, Davies RS, Bybee SM. 2018. Scientific reasoning ability does not predict scientific views on evolution among religious individuals. Evolution: Education & Outreach. 11:2. <website>

Martin GJ, Branham MA, Whiting MF, Bybee SM. 2017. Total evidence phylogeny and the evolution of adult bioluminescence in fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 107:564-575.

Fujimoto S, Suvorov A, Jensen N, Clement M, Snell Q, Bybee S. 2017. The OGCleaner: filtering false-positive homology clusters. Bioinformatics. 33(1):125. <website>

Bybee SM, Johnson KK, Gering EJ, Whiting MF, Crandall KA. 2012. All the better to see you with: A review of odonate color vision and transcriptomic insight into the odonate eye. Organisms Diversity and Evolution. 12:241-250.

Conference Proceedings

Fujimoto M, Lyman C, Suvorov A, Bodily P, Snell QO, Bybee SM, Crandall K, Clement MJ. 2017. Genome Polymorphism Detection Through Relaxed de Bruijin Graph Construction. <website>

Lyman C, Fujimoto M, Suvorov A, Bodily P, Snell QO, Crandall K, Bybee SM, Clement MJ. 2017. Whole Genome Phylogenetic Tree Reconstruction Using Colored de Bruijn Graphs. <website>

Suvorov A, Fujimoto S, Bodily P, Clement MJ, Bybee SM. 2017. Traversing Phylogenetic Hypothesis Space for Finding a Backbone of an Insect Relict Group (INSECTA: ODONATA). <website>


Ogden TH, Breinholt J, Bybee SM, Miller D, Sartori M, Shiozawa DK, Whiting MF. Phylogenomics and Evolution of Mayflies (Ephemeroptera). XV International Conference on Ephemeroptera. Brazil. 2018 .

Louton JE, Bybee SM, Branham MA. A phylogeny of Hetaerina Hagen (Odonata: Calopterygidae) based on morphological data with an examination of potential correlated evolution between sexually selected characters. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Knoxville, TN. 2012 .

Martin GJ, Bybee SM, Whiting MF, Branham MA. Using novel loci to form a preliminary phylogeny of fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Knoxville, TN. 2012 .

Johnson K, Whiting MF, Bybee SM. The evolution of color vision in dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. 2012 .

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