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Tripp, Erin Anne Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Tripp’s research seeks to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes shape origins of biodiversity and biodiversity distributions. In particular, her work emphasizes patterns that emerge from comparative analyses of species-rich lineages: such lineages provide repeated comparisons of evolutionary trends and outcomes, thus yielding predictive power regarding factors that constrain or facilitate the evolution of novelty (phenotypes, genotypes, distributions). Her research spans multiple time scales (tens of millions of years [between clades]; hundreds of thousands of years [sister species]), and domains of life (flowering plants, lichens). To achieve these goals, she draws from diverse sources of evidence including molecular phylogenomics, genetics, taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, paleontology, anatomy, cytology, ecogeography, and climatology.

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  • Plant Systematics, Tropical Biology, Lichenology, Biodiversity Inventory, Molecular Genetics and Evolution, Taxonomy, Nomenclature, Pollination Biology

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  • EBIO 3010 - Teaching Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching of specific lecture or laboratory section in EBIO under direct faculty supervision. Students must first make arrangements with the appropriate faculty member and turn in a form to the EBIO office. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 4460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5460.
  • EBIO 4520 - Plant Systematics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect. and lab. Studies the principles and techniques of modern systematics of organisms, illustrated with examples from the plant kingdom, usually the angiosperms. Framework of course is evolutionary and ecological, as well as taxonomic. Same as EBIO 5520.
  • EBIO 4560 - The Lichen Biome
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Focuses on lichens as biologically diverse hubs of interactions, and will cover numerous dimensions of diversity within the symbiosis (algae, bacteria, and ecological and evolutionary relationships therein) and beyond it (diversity of lichen symbioses in nature, their functions, and conservation). Same as EBIO 5560
  • EBIO 5460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 4460.
  • EBIO 5520 - Plant Systematics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores principles and techniques in modern plant systematics from lichens and non-vascular plants to lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Framework is evolutionary and ecological, with emphasis on taxonomy of major lineages and families of plants. No prerequisites, but coursework in evolutionary biology, genetics, phylogenetics and/or other botany classes is strongly encouraged. Same as EBIO 4520.
  • EBIO 5560 - The Lichen Biome
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Focuses on lichens as biologically diverse hubs of interactions, and will cover numerous dimensions of diversity within the symbiosis (algae, bacteria, and ecological and evolutionary relationships therein) and beyond it (diversity of lichen symbioses in nature, their functions, and conservation). Same as EBIO 4560
  • MUSM 6110 - Advanced Seminar in Museum Issues
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Offers a weekly seminar for museum and field study students that addresses one new topic each semester relevant to museum operations such as archival administration, museums, multiculturalism, repatriation and others. Department enforced prerequisite: MUSM 5011.

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