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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

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 02 Biology of Sustainability - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OWS 251

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Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

41093 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Simon K. Emms

Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dynamics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL, and CHEM 112 or CHEM 115

Schedule Details

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BIOL 398 - 05 Human Evolution and Genetics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 328

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OSS 328

Course Registration Number:

42567 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Simon K. Emms

The course is a combination of paleoanthropology, modern evolutionary genetics, and evolutionary psychology. It will cover topics such as: relationships among humans and other living ape species; evolution of hominids from our common ancestor with chimps; relationships of the various Homo species and their spread across the globe; role of natural selection in shaping human brain evolution and behavior in the context of our existence as a social species, including such things as mate choice and sexual selection, parental and grandparental care and the evolution of menopause, kin selection, altruism, and the evolution of morality; aspects of human cultural evolution, such as tool use, the adoption of fire and cooking, dietary changes, artistic expression, and rituals and religious practices and beliefs.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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