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Simon K Emms

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Princeton University
Office
OWS 372/Lab: OWS 370
Phone
(651) 962-5228
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 52 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - W - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 264
CRN: 21788 0 Credit Hours A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Co-enrollment in or previous credit for CHEM 111 or CHEM 115
BIOL 490 - 01 Evolution Med and Psych - T - R - 1525 - 1700 OSS 122
CRN: 21216 4 Credit Hours This course explores how the principles of evolutionary biology can be used to enhance our understanding of human disease and social psychology. In the first half of the cource we will explore such topics as the evolution of virulence in pathogens, the presistence of genetic diseases in human populations, the evolutionary basis of aging, and the disease consequences of mismatches between our current environment and the environment in which humans evolved. In the second half of the course we will study the relationships between humans social psychology and social interactions and will consider such topics as mate chioce, parent-offspring relations, selfishness and altruism, and the possible evolutionary basis of various mental illnesses. Four recitation / seminar hours per week.
BIOL 490 - 51 Evol. Med.and Psych. / Lab M - - - - 1335 - 1725 OSS 122
CRN: 21217 0 Credit Hours The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 335 - 01 Conservation Biology - T - R - 0955 - 1135 OSS 127
CRN: 41785 4 Credit Hours Using approaches from ecology and evolutionary biology, this course examines processes affecting populations of rare and endangered species, as well as control of introduced or pest species. Ecosystem and community-level management projects are addressed in addition to projects directly focused on individual species. Topics include population viability analysis, metapopulations and the geographical structure of populations, genetic diversity within populations, the interaction between populations ecology and population genetics, and biological control of pests. Laboratory work includes field and laboratory study of species with broad ecological implications for the ecosystems and biological communities of the Upper Midwest. Four Laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209
BIOL 335 - 51 Conservation Biology / Lab - - - R - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 41786 0 Credit Hours Using approaches from ecology and evolutionary biology, this course examines processes affecting populations of rare and endangered species, as well as control of introduced or pest species. Ecosystem and community-level management projects are addressed in addition to projects directly focused on individual species. Topics include population viability analysis, metapopulations and the geographical structure of populations, genetic diversity within populations, the interaction between populations ecology and population genetics, and biological control of pests. Laboratory work includes field and laboratory study of species with broad ecological implications for the ecosystems and biological communities of the Upper Midwest. Four Laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Professional Interests

My main research goal is to understand how ecological and evolutionary factors shape the great variety of reproductive systems possessed by flowering plants. In the past I have used both field experiments and laboratory genetic analyses to test hypotheses about patterns of sex allocation in lilies and about the factors controlling hybrid zone structure in Louisiana irises. Currently I am collaborating with Dr. Amy Verhoeven at UST and Dr. Susan Mazer at the University of California Santa Barbara on a five-year, NSF funded project to study the joint evolution of mating systems, life-history strategies, and drought physiology in the Californian genus Clarkia. I am also working on the evolution of reproductive allocation and gamete packaging strategies in prairie larkspur Delphinium virescens in Minnesota.