Beth Leger

beth leger

Elizabeth Leger

Professor, Plant Ecology & Restoration

Summary

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.

Education

BA, 1996, Lewis and Clark College
PhD, 2004, University of California, Davis; Graduate Group in Ecology