Wildlife Genetics Publications

Joshua Hull Ph.D.

Lab alumnus (PhD and Post-doctoral research)

Josh Hull


Current position
Branch Chief and Supervisory Biologist, Recovery Branch, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Office


Ph.D. in Ecology, 2007 Wildlife & Ecology Unit, University of California, Davis, CA
M.A. in Biology 2002, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
B.S. in Biology 1998, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA.

Post-doctoral Researcher, Wildlife & Ecology Unit, 2007-2009

Research Interests

In a broad sense, I am interested in the evolutionary and landscape forces that shape population differentiation.  Of particular interest to me are 1) describing genetically and morphologically distinct populations, 2) identifying specific landscape features, life history characteristics, and historic geological factors that influence population structure and, 3) understanding how distinct populations within migratory populations differentially utilize landscapes. To address these questions I study raptor populations using a variety of tools including field mark-recapture methods, molecular genetics, and morphometric analyses.



Hull JM, Ernest HB, Harley JA, Fish AM, Hull AC. In press. 2009. Differential Migration between Discrete Populations of Juvenile Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). The Auk- Journal of the American Ornithologists' Union.

Hull JM, Savage WK, Bollmer JL, Kimball RT, Parker PG, Whiteman NK, Ernest HB. 2008. On the origin the Galápagos hawk: An examination of phenotypic differentiation and mitochondrial paraphylyBiological Journal of the Linnean Society. 95:779 - 789.

Hull JM, BN Strobel, CW Boal, AC Hull, CR Dykstra, AM Irish, AM Fish, HB Ernest, 2008. Comparative phylogeography and population genetics within Buteo lineatus reveals evidence of distinct evolutionary lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49:988-996.

Hull J, J Keane, L Tell, and H Ernest. 2008. Development of 37 microsatellite loci for Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa) with cross amplification in Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis) and Barred Owls (Strix varia)Conservation Genetics 9: 1357-1361.

Hull J.M., R. Anderson, M. Bradbury, J. Estep, H. B. Ernest. 2008. Population structure and genetic diversity in Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni), implications for conservation. Conservation Genetics 9:305-316.

Hull JM, Hull AC, Sacks BN, Smith JP, Ernest HB. 2008. Landscape characteristics influence morphological and genetic differentiation in a widespread raptor (Buteo jamaicensisMolecular Ecology. 17: 810 - 824

Hull J.M., W. Savage, J.P. Smith, N. Murphy, L. Cullen, A.D. Hutchins, H.B. Ernest. 2007. Hybridization among Buteos: Swainson's Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) × Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology,.119(4):579–584.

Hull J.M., D. Tufts, J.R. Topinka, B.P. May, H.B. Ernest. 2007. Development of 19 microsatellite loci for Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) and other Buteos. Molecular Ecology Notes 7 (2), 346–349.

Hull J.M., A. Hull, H.B. Ernest. 2006. West Nile Virus Antibody Prevalence in Free-ranging California Raptors. Condor. 108:435–439.

Presentations and Posters

West Nile Virus antibody prevalence in California raptors; 2006 Annual Conference of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, February 2006

West Nile Virus antibody prevalence in California raptors; Cooper Ornithological Society Meeting, June 2005

Historical Demography and Population Genetic Structure in Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus velox) in North America; Raptor Research Foundation, September 2003

Identification of Genetic Structure in Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks in North America; North American Ornithological Conference, September 2002 Molecular Systematics of the Genus Accipiter; North American Ornithological Conference, September 2002.

Identification of Genetic Structure and Natal Origin in Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks in North America; Sonoma State University Biology Colloquium,September 2002.

Identification of Genetic Structure in Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks in North America; Association of North Bay Scientists, April 2002.