Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Rd., U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269 USA
Email: david.marshall (at the domain)


Research Scientist, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA.


Ph.D.  University of Michigan, Department of Biology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (2000)

Dissertation: Behavior and evolution of periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.).  Doctoral chair: Richard D. Alexander

M.Sc., Biology.  University of Michigan, Dept. of Biology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (1992)

B.Sc., Biology, Magna cum laude, with Honors, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, USA (1990).  Advisor, Dr. John S. Knox


Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Simon, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut (2000-).

Graduate Student Researcher for Dr. Richard D. Alexander, Department of Biology, University of Michigan. (1999-2000)

Curatorial Research Assistant, Univ. of Mich. Museum of Zoology Insect Division (1998).

Curation of Cicadidae, Orthoptera, and other insects from personal and grant-funded collecting trips while at the University of Connecticut.



 Organized and participated in two field collecting trips to the Philippines and one to Vietnam, in collaboration with Central Mindanao University (2010, 2012) and the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, including collecting, logistics, curation.

 Organized and participated in field collecting trip to three regions of China, in collaboration with the Institute of Plant Protection, Beijing (2009), including collecting, logistics, curation.

 Organized and participated in multiple field collecting trips to New Zealand and Australia (2002-2011), including collecting, logistics, permits, curation.

 Organized and participated in field collecting trip to Fiji, including collecting, logistics, permits, kava (2003).

 Organized and participated in many field collecting trips within the United States, including logistics, working within parks, collecting, mapping through bio-acoustics.

 Participated in National Science Foundation PEET collecting trip to Argentina, January 2008.



 Marshall, D.C., Hill, K. B. R., Moulds, M. S., Vanderpool, D., Cooley, J. R., Mohagan, A., & Simon, C. In revision. Inflation of molecular clock rates and dates: Biogeography, molecular phylogenetics, and diversification of a global cicada radiation from Australasia (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadettini). Systematic Biology.

 Ewart, A., M. S. Moulds, & D. C. Marshall. In review. Arenopsaltria nubivena (Cicadidae, Cicadinae, Cryptotympanini) from the arid regions of central Australia and southwest western Australia. Records of the Australian Museum.



 Ewart, A., L. W. Popple, & D. C. Marshall. In press. New species of Simona Moulds, 2012 and Chelapsalta Moulds, 2012 cicadas (Cicadidae: Cicadettinae: Cicadettini) from Australia: comparative morphology, songs, behaviour and distributions. Zootaxa.

 Hill, K. B. R., D. C. Marshall, M. S. Moulds, and C. Simon. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics, diversification, and systematics of Tibicen Latreille 1825 and allied cicadas of the tribe Cryptotympanini, with three new genera and emphasis on species from the USA and Canada (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae). Zootaxa 3985: 219-251.

 Ellis, E. A., D. C. Marshall, K. B. R. Hill, C. L. Owen, P. J. J. Kamp, and C. Simon. 2015. Phylogeography of six codistributed New Zealand cicadas and their relationship to multiple biogeographical boundaries suggest a re-evaluation of the Taupo Line. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 83: 258-277.

 Owen, C. L., D. C. Marshall, K. B. R. Hill, and C. Simon. 2015. The phylogenetic utility of acetyltransferase (ARD1) and glutaminyl tRNA synthetase (QtRNA) for reconstructing Cenozoic relationships as exemplified by the large Australian cicada Pauropsalta generic complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 83: 258-277.

 Marshall, D. C. & K. B. R. Hill. 2014. Comments on Tibicina Amyot, 1847 and Lyristes Horvath, 1926 (Insecta, Hemiptera, Homoptera): proposed conservation by the suppression of Tibicen Berthold, 1827 [?Latreille, 1825], and concerning the type species of Cicada Linnaeus, 1758. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 71: 103-107.

 Cooley, J. R., D. C. Marshall, A. F. Richards, R. D. Alexander, M. D. Irwin, J. R. Coelho, and C. Simon. 2013. The distribution of periodical cicada brood III in 1997, with special emphasis on Illinois (Hemiptera: Magicicada spp.). American Entomologist 59: 9-14.

 Hill, K. B. R. and D. C. Marshall 2013. The song, morphology, habitat, and distribution of the elusive North American cicada Okanagana viridis (Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 106: 598-603.

 Cooley, J. R., D. C. Marshall, C. Simon, M. Neckermann, G. Bunker. 2013.  At the limits: Habitat suitability modelling of northern 17-year periodical cicada extinctions (Hemiptera: Magicicada). Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 410-421.

 Marshall, D. C., K. B. R. Hill, K. A. Marske, C. Chambers, T. R. Buckley, C. Simon. 2012.  Limited, episodic diversification and contrasting phylogeography in a New Zealand cicada radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:177.

 Marshall, D. C., Cooley, J. R., and K. B. R. Hill. 2011.  Developmental plasticity of life-cycle length in 13-year periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 104: 443-450. (2007 Impact factor 1.148)

 Cooley, J. R., G. Kritsky, D. Edwards, J. D. Zyla, D. C. Marshall, K. B. R. Hill, G. J. Bunker, M. L. Neckermann, and C. Simon. 2011.  Periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.): The distribution of Broods XIV in 2008 and "XV" in 2009. American Entomologist 57: 144-151.

 Marshall, D. C., Hill, K. B. R., Cooley, J. R., and C. Simon. 2011.  Hybridization, mitochondrial DNA taxonomy, and prediction of the early stages of reproductive isolation: Lessons from New Zealand cicadas of the genus Kikihia. Systematic Biology 2011; doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr017. (2011 Impact factor 8.480)

 Marshall, D. C.  2010.  Cryptic failure of partitioned Bayesian phylogenetic analyses: lost in the land of long trees. Systematic Biology 2010; doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syp080 (2009 Impact factor 7.833)

 Hill, K. B. R., and D. C. Marshall.  2009.  Confirmation of the cicada Tibicen pronotalis stat. nov. (= T. walkeri, Homoptera: Cicadidae) in Florida: finding singing insects through their songs.  Zootaxa 2125: 63-66.  (2007 Impact factor 0.691)

 Marshall, D. C., Hill, K. B. R., Fontaine, K., Buckley, T.R., and C. Simon. 2009.  Glacial refugia in a maritime temperate climate: Cicada (Kikihia subalpina complex) mtDNA phylogeography in New Zealand.  Molecular Ecology 18: 1995-2009.

 Cooley, J. R., Kritsky, G., Zyla, J. D., Edwards, M. J., Marshall, D. C., Hill, K. B. R., Krauss, R., and C. Simon.  2009. The distribution of periodical cicada Brood X in 2004.  American Entomologist 55: 106-112.

 Marshall, D. C., and K. B. R. Hill. 2009. Versatile aggressive mimicry of cicadas by an Australian predatory katydid.   PLoS One 4(1): e4185. (8 pages) **Note:  The above article was highlighted in the Editor's Choice section of Science magazine on 30 January 2009 and in New Scientist on 23 September 2009.

 Hill, K. B. R., Simon, C., Marshall, D. C., and G. K. Chambers.  2009.  Surviving glacial ages within the Biotic Gap: phylogeography of the New Zealand cicada Maoricicada campbelli.  Journal of Biogeography 36: 675-692. (2007 Impact factor 3.539)

 Marshall, D. C., Slon, K., Cooley, J. R., Hill, K. B. R., and C. Simon. 2008. Steady Plio-Pleistocene diversification and a 2-million year sympatry threshold in a New Zealand cicada radiation.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 1054-1066. (2007 Impact factor 3.994)

 Marshall, D. C. 2008. Periodical cicadas.  Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd Ed., Vol. 3, 2785-2794. Google Books Link

 Hill, K. B. R., and D. C. Marshall. 2008. Cicadas (Box spread). In: The Natural History Of Canterbury, M. Winterbourne, G. Knox, C. Burrows and I. Marsden eds. Canterbury University Press, 921pp.

 Marshall, D. C., Simon, C., and T. R. Buckley.  2006. Accurate branch length estimation in partitioned Bayesian analyses requires accommodation of among-partition rate variation and attention to branch length priors. Systematic Biology 55: 993-1003. (2007 Impact factor 8.802).

 Cooley, J. R., Marshall, D. C., Simon, C., and K. B. R. Hill.  2006.  Reconstructing asymmetrical reproductive character displacement in a periodical cicada contact zone. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 855-868. (2007 Impact factor 3.920)

 Buckley, T.R., Cordeiro, M., Marshall, D. C., and C. Simon. 2006. Differentiating between hypotheses of lineage sorting and introgression in New Zealand alpine cicadas (Maoricicada Dugdale).  Systematic Biology 55: 411-425. (Impact factor 8.802)

 Hill, K. B. R., Marshall, D. C., and J. R. Cooley.  2005.  Crossing Cook Strait: Possible human transportation and establishment of two New Zealand cicadas from North Island to South Island (Kikihia scutellaris (Walker) and K. ochrina (Walker), Hemiptera: Cicadidae). New Zealand Journal of Entomology 28: 67-76.

 Simurda, M. C., Marshall, D. C., and J. S. Knox.  2005.  Phylogeography of the narrow endemic, Helenium virginicum (Asteraceae), based upon ITS sequence comparisons.  Systematic Botany 30(4): 887-898. (Recent impact factor 1.629)

 Cooley, J. R., Marshall, D. C., and C. Simon.  2004.  The historical contraction of periodical cicada Brood VII (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada).  Journal of the New York Entomological Society 112(2-3): 198-204. (Recent impact factor 0.070)

 Cooley, J. R., and D. C. Marshall.  2004.  Thresholds or comparisons: Mate choice criteria and sexual selection in a periodical cicada, Magicicada septendecim (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Behaviour 141: 647-673. (2007 Impact factor 1.604)

 Marshall, D. C., Cooley, J.R., and C. Simon.  2003.  Holocene climate shifts, life-cycle plasticity, and speciation in periodical cicadas.  Evolution 57: 433-437. (2007 Impact factor 4.502)

 Cooley, J. R., Simon, C., and D. C. Marshall.  2002.  Temporal separation and speciation in periodical cicadas. Bioscience. 53: 151-157. (2005 impact factor 4.708)

 Marshall, D. C.  2001.  Periodical cicada (Homoptera: Cicadidae) life cycle variations, the historical emergence record, and the geographic stability of brood distributions. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 94: 386-399.  (2007 Impact factor 1.148).

 Cooley, J. R., Simon, C., Marshall, D. C., Slon, K., and C. Ehrhardt.  2001.  Allochronic speciation, secondary contact, and reproductive character displacement in periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Magicicada spp.): genetic, morphological, and behavioural evidence. Molecular Ecology 10: 661-671. (2007 Impact factor 5.169)

 Cooley, J. R., and D. C. Marshall.  2001.  Sexual signaling in periodical cicadas, Magicicada spp. (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Behaviour 138: 827-855.  (2007 Impact factor 1.604)

 Marshall, D. C., and J. R. Cooley.  2000.  Reproductive character displacement and speciation in periodical cicadas, with description of a new species, 13-year Magicicada neotredecim. Evolution 54: 1313-1325. (2007 Impact factor 4.502)  **Note:  The above article was highlighted in articles in: 1)  New Scientist, 17 July 99; 2) Science News, 24 June 2000;  3) Editor's Choice section of SCIENCE magazine, Sept 1, 2000; and 4) Trends in Ecology and Evolution, February 2001.

 Marshall, D. C.  2000.  Behavior and evolution of periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.). Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Michigan.

 Cooley, J. R., Hammond, G. S., and D. C. Marshall. 1998. The effects of enamel paint marks on the behavior and survival of the periodical cicada, Magicicada septendecim (L.)(Homoptera) and the lesser migratory grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes (F.)(Orthoptera). Great Lakes Entomologist 31: 161-168.

 Alexander, R. D., Marshall, D. C., and J. R. Cooley.  1997.  Evolutionary perspectives on insect mating.  In: The evolution of mating systems in insects and arachnids, B. Crespi and J. Choe, eds. Cambridge University Press.

 Marshall, D. C., Cooley, J. R., Alexander, R. D., and T. E. Moore.  1996.  New records of Michigan Cicadidae (Homoptera), with notes on the use of songs to monitor range changes. Great Lakes Entomologist 29(3):165-169.



 Phylogeny of the Cicadoidea and the status of Philippines cicadas. Workshop presentation at Central Mindanao University, Philippines (19 April 2012).

 Decoding the Din: Songs, Sex, and Speciation in the Periodical Cicadas. Invited lecture for 2011 Invertebrate Sound and Vibration Meeting, co-sponsored by University of Missouri Saturday Morning Science series, Columbia, MO, USA. 4 June 2011. Organized by Johannes Schul. [Lecture separately presented for Univ. MO undergraduate research seminar series: Joel Maruniak.]

 Getting the most from relaxed-clock dating when fossils are few: Dating the divergence and world dispersal history of a large cicada tribe. Symposium lecture: Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA, organized by Dr. Jessica Ware, American Museum of Natural History. (15 December 2010)

 A Cicada Travelogue. Annual Meeting, Connecticut Entomological Society (16 April 2010).

 Population differentiation, speciation and higher clade diversification in cicadas revealed by songs and DNA. Dept. of Biology Seminar Series.  Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2009)

 Out of Australia: Dating the origin and diversification of the worldwide cicada tribe Cicadettini and its connection to the aridification of the Southern Hemisphere. Symposium lecture.  5th Southern Connections Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2007)

 Ice Age climate oscillation and the timing and geography of cicada speciation. Dept. of Entomology, University of Illinois, Illinois, USA (2006)

 Stories of cicada song evolution.  Connecticut Entomological Society, University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA (2006).

 Adaptive radiation, song convergence, and speciation in New Zealand cicadas, Symposium: Phylogeny and Evolution of Sternorrhyncha and Auchenorrhyncha.  Charles P. Alexander Symposium on Insect Systematics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (2004)

 Species radiation and song evolution in New Zealand cicadas. Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA (2003)

 Rapid and convergent evolution of acoustic signals in New Zealand cicadas.   School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (2003)

 From new song to new species of periodical cicada. Connecticut Entomological Society, University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA (2001)

 The temporal and spatial geography of periodical cicadas.  Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA (2000)

 From songs to species in periodical cicadas.  Department of Entomology Seminar Series, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2000)



 Supervisor of undergraduate (including Honors) and graduate students, University of Connecticut, including lab facility management (2000-).

 Univ. of Michigan Teaching Fellowships from 1990-1998:

Graduate Student Instructor, Introductory Biology for Nonmajors (100 level), University of Michigan Department of Biology

Graduate Student Instructor, Introductory Biology (100 level, General), University of Michigan Department of Biology

Graduate Student Instructor, Introductory Biology (100 level, Accelerated), University of Michigan Department of Biology. 

         - I also served as the laboratory course coordinator for this course (led by Dr. Hiroshi Ikuma) for one year.

Graduate Student Instructor, Genetics (300 level), University of Michigan Dept. of Biology

Graduate Student Instructor, Writing for Biology (300 level), University of Michigan Department of Biology

Graduate Student Instructor, Evolution and Human Behavior (400 level), University of Michigan Department of Biology



 Editorial Board, Systematic Biology (2007-)

 Recent (2008-present) invited reviewer for Annals of the Entomological Society of America, BMC Evolutionary Biology, European Journal of Entomology, Ecography, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Heredity, Insects, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

External reviewer for the National Science Foundation on three research proposals.

 Vice President, Connecticut Entomological Society (2009-2011)



 Construction of the website, along with collaborator Kathy Hill (University of Connecticut).  The site currently contains acoustic recordings and taxonomic information on North American cicadas.  (2010-)

 Website construction, along with my collaborator John Cooley (Yale University).  The site, at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, ( is the most highly ranked website on periodical cicadas via a Google search on "periodical cicada".  (1996-)

 Assisted John Cooley with website construction ("Cicada Central") in collaboration with Chris Simon, University of Connecticut.  This web resource is a center for exchanging research data on Cicadidae (with emphasis on periodical cicadas and New Zealand Cicadas). (2001-)

 Collaborated with multiple documentary filmmakers on projects involving the periodical cicadas, including: Japan Television Workshop Co., Ltd., Pixom Productions (Canada), BBC-TV, Home and Garden TV, and NRK (Norway). (1998-2005)

 Provided photographs of cicadas and stick insects for publication in field guides or natural history books in the USA, New Zealand and Australia, and also on websites.



 Visits to curate Cicadidae at the American Museum of Natural History, the Staten Island Museum, and the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (2008-2011).

 2004 and 2007 BioBlitzes, Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, East Hartford, CT.  Biological inventory of school and surrounding grounds for creation of teaching collection and student collecting experience.

 Vice President, Connecticut Entomological Society (2009-2011).