Wiegmann, Brian

William Neal Reynolds Professor of Entomology

Program area: 

Systematics, Phylogenomics, Evolutionary Biology


3114 Gardner Hall

Box 7613, NCSU, Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7613


B.S. Loyola College (1985) M.S. University of Maryland (1989) Ph.D. University of Maryland (1994)


Wiegmann’s research focuses on the evolutionary history and biology of flies and other insects using comparative genomics and genetic data analysis. Flies (Diptera) include many diverse blood-feeding species that are important vectors of disease to humans, pets, and livestock. His current work uses transcriptomes to understand the history of major events in fly evolution. New genomic data provide insight into the variability and evolution of genes in key functional groups. A major goal of Wiegmann’s research program is to reconstruct the evolutionary ‘tree of life’ for all fly species, one of the largest groups of metazoan life on earth.


Selected Publications:


Haseyama, KL, BM Wiegmann, EAB Almeida, and CJB. de Carvalho. 2015.  Say goodbye to tribes in the new house fly classification: a molecular phylogenetic analysis and an updated biogeographical narrative for the Muscidae (Diptera). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.04.006.


Morita, S., K. M. Bayless, D. K. Yeates and B. M. Wiegmann. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of the horse flies: a framework for renewing tabanid taxonomy. Systematic Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/syen.12145.


Misof, B., S. Liu, K. Meusemann, ... Wiegmann, B. M., et al. 2014. Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. Science 346: 763-767.


Wiegmann, BM, et al. 2011. Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 108(14): 5690-5695.



ENT 591/791  Principles of Biosystematics

ENT 590 Insect Natural History

ENT 690U Advanced Systematics



Principle Investigator FLYTREE-NSF Assembling Tree of Life, Diptera.

Antliophora group leader 1kite.org

The Diptera Site

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