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Elizabeth Leger

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Associate Professor
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 370
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

 

Office: (775) 784-7582
Email: eleger@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 130
Personal Web: http://www.ag.unr.edu/leger/

 

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EDUCATION

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

 

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST

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.

 
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

 

Journals
Leger, E.A. 2013, Annual plants change in size over a century of observations., Global Change Biology.   Read More...
Morris, L. R., Monaco, T. A., Leger, E. A., Blank, R., Sheley, R. 2013, Cultivation legacies alter soil nutrients and differentially affect plant species performance nearly a century after abandonment., Plant Ecology, 214, 831-844.  
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 reponse 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.  
Technical Publication
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, Shfiting Baselines: Dynamics of Evolution and Community Change in a Changing World., Restoration Ecology: The New Frontierd, J. van Andel and J. Aronson, eds   Read More...
Book Reviews
Leger, E. A., Forister, M. 2013, Grime’s triangle and the evolution of the ecosystem, Ecology , 94(2), 2013, pp. 545–546   Read More...