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Simon K Emms

Associate Professor (on sabbatical academic year 2016-17)
Ph.D., Princeton University
OWS 372/Lab: OWS 370
(651) 962-5228
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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.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 398 - 01 Global Food Systems - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 127

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1330 - 1510


OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

20747 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Simon K. Emms

Global Food Systems: Feeding the World and Protecting the Planet This course will investigate how a growing human population (estimated to reach 9-10 billion by 2050) can be provided with sufficient food to ensure a high quality, nutritious diet for all while still protecting the Earth’s ecosystems, on which all life, including human life, ultimately depends. It will be in a seminar format, and will focus on reading, presenting, and discussing the primary literature. Topics will depend on student interests and the most current available research, but will likely include examination of the costs and benefits of intensive vs. extensive agriculture, methods of increasing crop yields, meat-based versus vegetarian diets, organic food production, genetically-engineered crops, food production and distribution systems and food waste, industrial fishing and aquaculture, land and water supply degradation, and the consequences of climate change for food production. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208, and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

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