Cruzan Lab - Portland State University - Biology

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Congratulations to Laura Taylor and Erik Hasenkopf on their new publication!

Recent Publications

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 (In press).

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. 175:518-525.

Cheeke, T. E., H. Darby, T. N. Rosenstiel, J. Bever, and M. B. Cruzan. 2014. Effect of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) maize cultivation history on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization, spore abundance and diversity, and plant growth. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 195:29-35.

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.