Cruzan Lab - Portland State University - Biology

News and UpdatesLab Group

Congratulations to Laura Taylor on her new publication!

Welcome to our new post-doc, Pam Thompson!

Welcome to our visiting graduate students, Susan Jaconis (University of Cincinnati) and Ben Weinstein (SUNY, Stony Brook)!

Recent Publications
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 (In press).

Rhode Ward, J. M., M. L. Cowart, J. Clifford, M. Camp, and M. B. Cruzan. 2014. Variation in sex allocation and floral morphology in an expanding distylous plant hybrid complex  Int. J. Plant Sci. In press.

Cheeke, T.E., M.B. Cruzan, and T.N. Rosenstiel. 2013. A field evaluation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization in Bt and non-Bt maize. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Fox, S. E., J. Preece, J. A. Kimbrel, G. L. Marchini, A. Sage, K. Youens-Clark, M. B. Cruzan, and P. Jaiswal. 2013. Sequencing, assembly and characterization of a transcriptome resource for Brachypodium sylvaticum (Poaceae). Applications in the Plant Sciences 1:1200011.

Anton, K. A., J. M. Rhode Ward, and M. B. Cruzan. 2013. Pollinator-mediated selection on floral morphology: evidence for transgressive evolution in derived hybrid populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.26:660-673.

Sochacki, P., J. Rhode Ward, and M.B. Cruzan. 2013. Consequences of mycorrhizal colonization for Piriqueta morphotypes under drought stress. International Journal of Plant Sciences 174:65-73.

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. 

Independent Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Graduate Research Opportunities - Students interested in pursuing graduate research in the Cruzan Lab should contact the PI directly: Read more about graduate studies in biology and how to apply here.