Detailed Information for Raymond Willis

Dr. Raymond Willis 
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Bolin Hall 206 
Voice: (940) 397-4408

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Vertebrate Biologist- herpetology, mammalogy, phylogenetic systematics, field biology, protein isoform specialization in under-represented organisms

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Spring 2014 4033    Herpetology    Bolin Hall 212

W F 100 Lecture

F 200-450

Plus extra field trips to various locations and time

Details Spring 2014 3234    Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates    Bolin Hall 209

MWF 1100-1200 Lecture

M or T Lab 200-450

Details Fall 2013 4143    Evolution and Systematics    Bolin Hall 212

MWF 1000-1050

Details Fall 2013 3113    Biogeography    Bolin Hall 212

MWF 0900-0950

Details Fall 2013 3064    Principles of Biology II    Bolin Hall 213

T R 0800-0920

Details Spring 2013 3234    Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates    Bolin Hall 213

MWF 1100-1200 Lecture

M or T Lab 200-450

Details Spring 2013 3033    Field Zoology    Bolin Hall 207

W 1000 Lecture

W 100-450

Plus extra field trips to various locations and time

Details Fall 2012 4143    Evolution and Systematics    Bolin Hall 212

MWF 0800-0900

Details Fall 2012 3113    Biogeography    Bolin Hall 314

TR 0800-0920

Details Fall 2012 3024    Vertebrate Zoology    Bolin Hall 213

Monday and wednesday 1200-1250 Lecture

Wednesday 100-350 Lab


Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
Texas Tech University PhD  
Tarleton State University MS  
Tarleton State University BS  

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Texas Tech U Health Sciences Center  Postdoctoral Research Associate  2007-Jan  2010-Aug
 University of Science and Artsw of Oklahoma  Assistant Professor  2010-Aug  2012-Aug
 Midwestern State University  Assistant Professor  2012-Aug  Present

Research and Publications

Mukherjee, S, J. Trice, P. Shinde, R. E. Willis, T. A. Pressley, and J. F. Perez-Zogbi.Submitted. Ca2+ oscillations, Ca2+ sensitization, and contraction activated by protein kinase C in small airway smooth muscle. Journal of General Physiology.


Willis, R. E., L. S. Babonis, H. B. Lillywhite, and T.A. Pressley. In Progress. Genetic Variation in the Alpha 1 subunit of the Na,K-pump in under-represented vertebrate lineages. Physiological Genomics.


Willis, R. E. Invited Review, In Progress. Phylogenetic trees and their application to evolutionary and physiological issues. Trends in Physiological Education.


Willis, R. E.  2009. Transthyretin (TTR) intron 1 elucidates crocodylian relationships. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53, 1049-1054.


Carr, D. L., J. A. Carr, R. E. Willis, and T. A. Pressley. 2008. A perchlorate sensitive iodide transporter in frogs. General and Comparative Endocrinology 156: 9-14.


Willis, R. E., L. R. McAliley, E. D. Neeley, and L. D. Densmore III. 2007. Evidence for placing the false gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) into the family Gavialidae; Inferences from nuclear gene sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 43, 787-794.


McAliley*, L. R. R. E. Willis*, D. A. Ray, P. S. White, C. Brochu and L. D. Densmore III. 2006. Are crocodiles really monophyletic?-Evidence for subdivisions from sequence and morphological data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 39, 16-32.(* Co-first authors)


McAliley, L. R., R. E. Willis, M. R. J. Forstner, T. Guerra, and L. D. Densmore III. 2006.  Eight microsatellite markers for the San Esteban Chuckwalla, Sauromalus varius. Molecular Ecology Notes. 6, 759-761.