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Manzitto-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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Teaching

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  • 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 / Summer 2020
    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 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 4990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of the final phase of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared EBIO major and approval by departmental Honors program.
  • 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 / Summer 2020
    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
  • EBIO 6840 - Independent Research (Master's Level)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • MUSM 5051 - Museum Collections Management
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Deals specifically with curation and data management. Topics include acquisition practices and problems; organization, management, use and preventive conservation of collections; computer data management of collections.
  • MUSM 6950 - Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    A thesis, which may be of a research, expository, critical or creative type, is required of every master's degree candidate under the thesis option. Department enforced prerequisites: MUSM 5011 and MUSM 5051 and one of the following: MUSM 5030 or MUSM 5031 or MUSM 5041.

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