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Emery, Nancy Christine Associate Professor

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  • Emery is an evolutionary ecologist who studies the causes and consequences of habitat specialization in plant populations that occupy heterogeneous environments. Using a variety of empirical tools that include field experiments, genetic analyses, functional trait measurements, and comparative methods, Emery has examined the roles of context-dependent expression of genetic variation, phenotypic plasticity, dispersal trait evolution, and ecological interactions as drivers of habitat adaptation. She has worked in variety of plant communities and ecosystems, including vernal pools, serpentine, salt marsh, lakeshore, and deciduous woodland plant populations. At CU Boulder, she is developing new projects at the CU Mountain Research Station and in collaboration with the Niwot Ridge LTER to investigate the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant responses to climatic variation in the Rocky Mountain flora.

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  • evolutionary ecology, plant population biology, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, gene flow

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 3080 - Evolutionary Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Lect. and lab. Emphasizes the fundamental evolutionary concepts that provide explanations for the diversification of life on Earth. Specific topics include the evidence for evolution, adaptation by natural selection, speciation, systematics, molecular and genome evolution, and macroevolutionary patterns and processes. Recitations allow students to explore specific topics in more depth and smaller groups. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 (minimum grade C-). Degree credit not granted for this course and EBIO 3680.
  • EBIO 4600 - Evolutionary Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Evaluates how interactions within species, among species and between species and the environment evolve over time. Emphasizes the development of scientific skills, including ecological, genetic and statistical tools for testing hypotheses in evolutionary ecology. Lab activities include research projects that quantify natural selection, gene flow and phenotypic plasticity in natural systems, and a semester-long class experiment examining plant dispersal. Same as EBIO 5600.
  • EBIO 5600 - Evolutionary Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Evaluates how interactions within species, among species and between species and the environment evolve over time. Emphasizes the development of scientific skills, including ecological, genetic and statistical tools for testing hypotheses in evolutionary ecology. Lab activities include research projects that quantify natural selection, gene flow and phenotypic plasticity in natural systems, and a semester-long class experiment examining plant dispersal. Same as EBIO 4600.

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