News and Updates
Congratulations to Gina Marchini (PhD) and Jaime
Schwoch (BS) and all the 2016 Biology Graduates!
Welcome to our NSF-REU Students! Avery Pheil (Scripts
College) and Jessica Persinger (University of Colorado).
Workman, R.E. and M.B. Cruzan. 2016. Mycelial
networks impact competition in an invasive grass. American
Journal of Botany (doi: 10.3732/ajb.1600142)
Marchini, M.L, N. Cole Sherlock, A.P. Ramakrishnan,
D.M. Rosenthal, and M.B. Cruzan. 2016. Rapid purging
of genetic load in a metapopulation and consequences for
range expansion in an invasive plant. Biological Invasions
18:183-196. (doi: 10.1007/s10530-015-1001-5)
Cruzan, M.B. and S.C.H. Barrett. 2016. Post-pollination
discrimination between self- and outcross-pollen covaries
with the mating system of a self-compatible flowering
plant. American Journal of Botany 103:568-576.
Cheeke, T.E., U.M. Schütte, C.M. Hemmerich, M.B. Cruzan, T.N. Rosenstiel, and J.D. Bever. 2015. Spatial soil heterogeneity has a greater effect on symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities and plant growth than genetic modification with Bacillus thuringiensis toxin genes. Molecular Ecology 24:2580-2593 .
Taylor, L. A. V., E. A. Hasenkopf, and M. B. Cruzan.
2015. Barriers to invasive infilling by Brachypodium
sylvaticum in Pacific Northwest forests. Biological
Invasions 17:2247-2260. (doi:10.1007/s10530-015-0871-x).
Taylor, L. A. V. and M. B. Cruzan. 2015. Propagule
pressure and disturbance drive the invasion of perennial
false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum). Invasive
Plant Science and Management 8:169-180.
We utilize ecological, molecular genetic, and
numerical techniques in field and greenhouse studies to
address questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Our research interests include evaluation of hybridization
as an evolutionary stimulus, the evolutionary dynamics of
invasion, the ecology and evolution of mutualisms, and
landscape genetics of upland prairie species in the context
of range responses to climate change. We are currently
focused on the invasive false brome (Brachypodium
sylvaticum) as a model system for investigating
fundamental questions in ecology and evolution.
Graduate Research Opportunities - Students
interested in pursuing graduate research in the Cruzan Lab
should contact the PI directly: email@example.com.
Read more about graduate studies in biology and how
to apply here.