Elizabeth Leger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Associate Director, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Program
- Ph.D., Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2004
- B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 1996
I am interested in the population biology of plants. I work on local adaptation and rapid evolution of native and invasive species, and am interested in how genetic variation (below the species level) affects the distribution and abundance of species. I also work with plant-animal interactions, and am currently interested in how nutrients and herbivory interact to affect competitive relationships between plants.
In addition to my work on plant population biology, I do projects that gather basic ecological data about rare species, natural communities, and invasive species control, providing information that is necessary to make appropriate management and restoration decisions.
- Leger, E.A. 2013, Annual plants change in size over a century of observations., Global Change Biology. Read More...
- Kulpa, S.M., Leger, E.A. 2013, Strong natural selection during plant restoration favors and unexpected suite of plant traits, Evolutionary Applications. Read More...
- Kulpa, S.M., Leger, E.A., Espeland, E.K., Goergen, E.M. 2012, Postfire seeding and plant community recovery in the Great Basin., Rangeland Ecology and Management 65:171-181 Read More...
- Rowe, C. J., Leger 2012, Seed source affects establishment of Elymus multisetus in postfire revegetation in the Great Basin., Western North American Naturalist 72:543-553. Read More...
- Arnone, J., Jasoni, R., Lucchesi, A., Larson, J., Leger, E. A., Sherry, R., Luo, Y., Schimel, D., Verburg, P. 2011, A climatically extreme year has large impacts on C-4 species in tallgrass prairie ecosystems but only minor effects on species richness and other plant functional groups, Journal of Ecology, 99, 678-688
- Rowe, C. J., Leger, E. A. 2011, Competitive seedlings and inherited traits: a test of rapid evolution of Elymus multisetus (big squirreltail) in response to cheatgrass invasion., Evolutionary Applications 4: 485-498 Read More...
- Perkins, L., Leger, E. A., Nowak, R. S. 2011, Invasion triangle: an organizational framework for species invasion, Ecology and Evolution, 1(4)
- Goergen, E.M., Leger, E.A., Espeland, E.K. 2011, Native perennial grasses show evolutionary response to Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) invasion., PLoS One 6: e18145. Read More...
- Leger, E. A., Espeland, E. K. 2010, Coevolution between native and invasive plant competitors: implications for invasive species management., Evolutionary Applications, 3(2), 4366-4379
- Espeland, E. K., Leger, E. A., Perkins, L. B. 2010, Comparison of Seed Bank Estimation Techniques Using Six Weed Species in Two Soil Types., Rangeland Ecology and Management, 63(2), 243-247
- Meyer, S., Leger, E. A. 2010, Inbreeding, genetic variation, and invasiveness: the strange case of Bromus tectorum., Rangelands, 32(1), 6-11.
- Leger, E. A., Espeland, E. K. 2010, The shifting balance of facilitation and competition affects the outcome of intra- and interspecific interactions over the life history of California grassland annuals., Plant Ecology, 208(2), 333-345.
- Chambers, J.C., Leger, E.A., Goergen, E 2009, Cold desert fire and invasive species management: resources, strategies, tactics, and responses, Rangelands 31: 14-20
Leger, E. A., Forister, M. L. 2009, Colonization, abundance and geographic range size of gravestone lichens, Basic and Applied Ecology
- Leger, E.A., Espeland, E.K., Merrill, K.R., Meyer, S.E. 2009, Genetic variation and local adaptation at a cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion edge in western Nevada, Molecular Ecology online early
- Leger, E.A. 2009, Sowing (and mapping) the wild oats, Molecular Ecology 18: 3759-3760
- Gurevitch, J., Howard, T.J., Ashton, I.W., Leger, E.A., Howe, K., Woo, E., and Lerdau, M. 2008, Effects of experimental manipulation of light and nutrients on establishment of seedlings of native and invasive woody species in Long Island, NY forests, Biological Invasions
- Leger, E. A. 2008, The adaptive value of remnant native plants in invaded communities: an example from the Great Basin., Ecological Applications, 18, 1226-1235.
Leger, E.A. and K.J. Rice. 2007, Assessing the speed and predictability of evolution in an invasive species: a comparison of traits between native and invasive California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) across similar geographic gradients., Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 1090-1103
- Leger, E.A., Howe, K.M., Gurevitch, J., Woo, E., Hickman, J., Ashton, I. and M. Lerdau 2007, Nitrogen additions and natural enemies in eastern forests: native and exotic species responses to resource manipulation in two community types, Forest Science 53:701-709
- Leger, E.A. and M.L. Forister 2005, Increased herbivore resistance in invasive populations of the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)., Diversity and Distributions 11: 311-317
- Leger, E.A. and K.J. Rice. 2003, Invasive California poppies (Eschscholzia californica Cham.) grow larger than native individuals under reduced competition., Ecology Letters 6: 257-264.
E. Espeland, E. Leger, J. Davison 2010, Alternative Agriculture And Vegetation Management In The Walker Basin, Walker Basin Project Read More...
Book or Chapter(s) in Books
Suding, K., Leger, E.A 2012, Shifting Baselines: Dynamics of Evolution and Community Change in a Changing World., Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, J. van Andel and J. Aronson, eds Read More...