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Simon K Emms

Associate Professor, Biology
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

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.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 04 Genetics Ecology Evolution - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 205
CRN: 41462 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 - 56 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - W - - - - 0800 - 1100 OWS 264
CRN: 41468 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 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 52 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 264
CRN: 21434 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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BIOL 472 - 01 Evolution Medicine Psychology - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OSS 127
CRN: 22381 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Simon K. Emms 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 course we will explore such topics as the evolution of virulence in pathogens, the persistence of fenetic diseases in human populations, the evolutionary basis of aging, and the disease consequences of mismatches between our curren environment and the environment in which humans evolved. In the second half of the course we will study the relationships between human social psychology and social interactions and will consider such topics as mate choice, parent-offspring raltions, selfishness and altruism, and the possible evolutionary basis of various mental illnesses. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course.

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BIOL 472 - 51 Evol. Medicine Psychology/Lab M - - - - - - 1335 - 1725 OWS 165A
CRN: 22382 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Simon K. Emms 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 course we will explore such topics as the evolution of virulence in pathogens, the persistence of fenetic diseases in human populations, the evolutionary basis of aging, and the disease consequences of mismatches between our curren environment and the environment in which humans evolved. In the second half of the course we will study the relationships between human social psychology and social interactions and will consider such topics as mate choice, parent-offspring raltions, selfishness and altruism, and the possible evolutionary basis of various mental illnesses. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course.

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