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Simon K. Emms

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Princeton University
Office
OWS 372/Lab: OWS 370
Phone
(651) 962-5228
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5228
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

 

RESEARCH 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.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Ivey, C.T., L.S. Dudley, A.A. Hove, S.K. Emms, and S.J. Mazer. 2016. Outcrossing and photosynthetic rates vary independently within two Clarkia species: implications for the joint evolution of drought escape physiology and mating system.Annals of Botany 118(5):897-905

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 02 Genetics Ecology Evolution M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 205
CRN: 41053 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Simon K. Emms 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

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BIOL 207 - 60 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 264
CRN: 41065 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Simon K. Emms 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

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 398 - 01 Global Food Systems - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 127
CRN: 20747 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Simon K. Emms 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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