Dr. Joanne Itami

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Professional title

Assistant Professor



  • B.S., 1978, College of Idaho, Biology B.S. and Human Ecology B.S.
  • M.S. 1984, Northern Arizona University, Biology
  • Ph.D. 1988, Northern Arizona University, Zoology

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

Evolutionary Ecology; Herbivore response to genetic variation in host plant; Herbivore response to geographic variation; Behavior, Speciation, three-trophic level Interactions


Recent Publications

  • Craig, T.P., A. Livingston-Anderson, and J.K. Itami.  2019.  A small-tiled geographic mosaic of coevolution between Eurosta solidaginis and its natural enemies and host plant.  Ecosphere.  In review.
  • Sakata,Y., T. Craig, J. Itami, M. Ikemoto, S. Utsumi and T. Ohgushi.  2018.  Evolutionary and environmental effects on the geographical adaptation of herbivory resistance in native and introduced Solidago altissima populations. Evolutionary Ecology 32:1-13.
  • Sakata, Y., T. Craig, J. Itami, M. Yamasaki, and T. Ohgushi. 2017. Parallel environmental factors drive variation in insect density and plant resistance in the native and invaded ranges.  Ecology 98:  DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1978
  • Helmberger, MS, T.P. Craig, and J.K. Itami 2016.  Solidago altissima water stress increases oviposition preference and oviposition performance of the herbivorous lace bug Corythucha marmorata.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 160: 1-10.
  • Sakata, Y., J. Itami, Y. Isagi, T Ohgushi.  2015.  Multiple and mass introductions from limited origins: genetic diversity and structure of Solidago altissima in the native and invaded range.  Journal of Plant Research 28:909-921
  • Craig, T. P., J. K. Itami, M. D. Dixon, and T. R. Hams.  2012.  Indirect evolutionary interactions in a multitrophic interaction. Trait-mediated Indirect Interactions: Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives. Pages 244-256 in T. Ohgushi, O. Schmitz, and R. D. Holt eds. Cambridge University Press.
  • Craig, T. P., T. Ohgushi, J. K. Itami, Y. Ando, and S. Utsumi. 2011. Bridges and barriers to herbivory resulting from host plant genotypic variation. Journal of Plant Interactions 6:141-146.
  • Ando, Y. S. Utsumi, T. P. Craig, J.K. Itami and T. Ohgushi. 2011. How are arthropod communities organized on an introduced plant Solidago altissima? Journal of Plant Interactions 6:169-171.
  • Craig, T. P. and J. K. Itami. 2011. Divergence of Eurosta solidaginis in response to host plant variation and natural enemies. Evolution: 65(3):802-817


  • BIOL 1001 Biology and Society
  • BIOL 1011 General Biology I
  • BIOL 1087 Freshman Seminar: Darwinian Medicine
  • BIOL 2410 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 3701 Animal Diversity
  • BIOL 3987 Communication in Biology
  • BIOL 3802 Evolution


Married to Tim Craig, 1984. Children: Linda and Paul

Hobbies: Scientific illustration; hiking; Nordic skiing; violin; sumi-e