Professional Curriculum Vitae for Sarah Emery
Biology Department, University of Louisville
139 Life Sciences Bldg, Louisville, KY 40292
office: 502-852-5940, fax: 502-852-0725
Michigan State University Plant Biology/EEBB Ph.D. 2005
Advisor: Dr. Katherine Gross; Dissertation title:
Population and community approaches to
understanding invasion in grasslands
Denison University (Ohio) Biology/Studio Art B.S. 2000
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Honors Thesis
Associate Professor, University of Louisville 2012-present
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville 2007-2012
Adjunct Professor, Kellogg Biological Station 2011-present
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rice University, Houston TX 2006-2007
(National Parks Ecological Research Fellow)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI 2006
Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate 2006
Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners MI
FELLOWSHIPS and AWARDS:
-National Parks Ecological Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($134,000) 2006-2008
“Do microbial mutualists alter the invasibility of dune plant communities?”
-Dissertation Completion Fellowship, MSU ($6,000) 2005
-University Distinguished Fellowship, MSU ($54,000) 2000-2001, 2004-05
-EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship ($84,000) 2001-2004
I am broadly interested in biodiversity and the dynamics of terrestrial plant communities, especially the role that dominant species, both native and non-native, play in communities. My current work focuses on the potential effects of climate change on plant populations of Great Lakes sand dunes, and the capability of fungal symbionts to mediate these changes. I also have current research on the effects of organic agriculture on soil biodiversity. Other related interests include the role of community evenness in ecosystem function, relationships between diversity and compositional stability in grasslands, grassland restoration, and the management and population dynamics of exotic invasive species.
WORKS PUBLISHED: (*Denotes research with undergraduate students)Gross, K.L., S.M. Emery, A.S. Davis, R.G. Smith, T.M.P. Robinson. In Press. Plant Community Dynamics in Managed and Natural Ecosystems. In: Hamilton, S.K., J.E. Doll, and G.P. Robertson (eds.). The ecology of agricultural ecosystems: Research on the path to sustainability. Oxford Univ. Press.
Emery, S.M. S.L. Flory, K. Clay, J.R. Robb, B.Winters. 2013. Demographic responses of the invasive annual grass Microstegium vimineum to prescribed fires and herbicide. Forest Ecology and Management 308:207-213.
Kivlin, S.N., S.M. Emery, and J.A. Rudgers. 2013. Fungal symbionts alter plant responses to global change. American Journal of Botany 100:1145-1157.
Emery, S.M., and J.A. Rudgers. 2013. Impacts of simulated climate change and fungal symbionts on
survival and growth of a foundation species in sand dunes. Oecologia 173:1601-1612.
Emery, S.M. and P.J. Doran. 2013. Presence and management of the invasive plant Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath) on sand dunes alters arthropod abundance and community structure. Biological Conservation 161:174-181.
Emery, S.M., P.J. Doran, J.T. Legge, M. Kleitch, and S. Howard. 2013. Aboveground and belowground impacts following removal of the invasive species baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) on Lake Michigan sand dunes. Restoration Ecology 21:506-513.
Emery, S.M. and J.A. Rudgers. 2012. Native plants, not mycorrhizae, affect growth of Centaurea stoebe, an invasive plant of Great Lakes sand dunes. American Midland Naturalist 167:213-222.
Emery, S.M. and J.A. Rudgers. 2011. Beach Restoration Efforts Influenced by Plant Variety, Soil Inoculum, and Site Effects. Journal of Coastal Research 27:636-644.
Baskett*, C., J.A. Rudgers, and S.M. Emery. 2011. Pollinator visits to threatened species are restored following invasive plant removal. International Journal of Plant Sciences 172:411-422.
Emery, S.M., J. Uwimbabazi*, and S.L. Flory. 2011. Fire intensity effects on seed germination of native and invasive Eastern Deciduous Forest understory plants. Forest Ecology and Management 261:1401-1408.
Emery S.M. and J.A. Rudgers. 2010. Ecological assessment of dune restorations in the Great Lakes region. Restoration Ecology 18:184-194.
Emery S.M., D. Thompson* and J.A. Rudgers. 2010. Variation in endophyte symbiosis, herbivory, and drought tolerance of Ammophila breviligulata populations in the Great Lakes region. American Midland Naturalist 163:186-196.
Emery, S.M. 2010. Succession: A Closer Look. Nature Education Knowledge 1(9):1.Drake, J.M., E.E. Cleland, C. Bowles, K. Carney, M.C. Horner-Devine, S.M. Emery, J. Gramling, A. Nardoni Laws, M.D. Smith, D.B. Vandermast, S.J. Andelman, E. Fleishman, J.B. Grace, R.B. Waide, and M.R. Willig. 2008. Do non-native plant species affect the shape of productivity-diversity relationships? American Midland Naturalist. 159: 55-66.
Emery, S.M. 2007. Limiting similarity between invaders and dominant species in herbaceous plant communities? Journal of Ecology 95: 1027–1035.
Gross, K.L. and S.M. Emery. 2007. Succession and restoration in Michigan old-field communities. In Old fields: Dynamics and restoration of abandoned farmland, eds: V.A. Cramer and R.J. Hobbs. Island Press.
Emery, S.M. and K.L. Gross. 2007. Dominant species identity, not community evenness, regulates invasion in experimental plant communities. Ecology 88:954-964.
Emery, S.M. and K.L. Gross. 2006. Dominant species identity regulates invasibility of old-field plant communities. Oikos 115: 549-588.
Emery, S.M.,and K.L. Gross. 2005. Effects of timing of prescribed fire on the demography of an invasive plant, Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed). Journal of Applied Ecology 42:60-69.
Cleland, E.E., S.J. Andelman, C. Bowles, K. Carney, M.C. Horner-Devine, J. Drake, S.M. Emery, J. Gramling, M.D. Smith, D.B. Vandermast. 2004. Measuring invasion in space and time: non-native species richness and relative abundance respond to interannual variation in productivity and diversity. Ecology Letters 7(10): 947-957.
Knapp, A.K., M.D. Smith, S.L. Collins, N. Zambatis, M. Peel, S.M. Emery, J. Wojdak, M.C. Horner-Devine, H. Biggs, J. Kruger, and S.J. Andelman. 2004. Generality in ecology: testing North American grassland rules in South African savannas. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(9): 483-491
Emery, S.M., K.L. Gross, and K.N. Suding. 2003. Summer burns best for controlling spotted knapweed in prairie restoration experiment (Michigan). Ecological Restoration 21(2): 137-138.
GRANTS (SINCE 2007)
Snapp, S. (PI), S.M. Emery (Co-PI), and C.B. Gottshall (Co-PI). 2012-14. Organic management effects on individual species of mycorrhizal fungi, and the consequences for plant performance and soil health. Ceres Trust. Funding notification Nov. 2011. ($119,197 total; $41,479 to UofL).
J. Masters (PI) and S.M. Emery (co-PI). 2011-13. Effects of Leaf Litter Depth on an Invasive Riparian Species, Ranunculus ficaria (Ranunculaceae)." Kentucky Academy of Science Marcia Athey Grant ($1118).
J. Metcalf and S.M. Emery (co-PI). 2010-11. Effects of an invasive plant (Microstegium vimineum) on arthropod foodwebs in an eastern deciduous forest”. Kentucky Academy of Science Marcia Athey Grant: ($3000).
S.M. Emery (PI), J.A. Rudgers (Co-PI), and J..L Parrent (Co-PI). 2009-12. COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Can microbial symbiosis mediate effects of climate change on the functioning of an ecosystem engineer? NSF Ecological Biology, Awarded July 2009. ($370,985).
S.M. Emery. "National Parks Ecological Research Fellowship: Do microbial mutualists alter the invasibility of dune plant communities? Additional award Oct. 2008 ($4,636).
S.L. Flory (PI), K. Clay (Co-PI), S.M. Emery (Co-PI), and J.L. Robb (Co-PI). Fire and the invasive annual grass Microstegium vimineum in eastern deciduous forests. Submitted to US Forest Service Joint Fire Science Program, Nov. 2007, Funded March 2008. ($239,866 through Indiana University).
S.M. Emery. “Do microbial mutualists alter the invasibility of dune plant communities?” Transfer of post-doctoral fellowship funds from Rice University to UofL, approved Nov. 2007. Ecological Society of America. ($49,592).
Courses taught at University of Louisville:
BIOL 563/663 Population and Community Ecology (yearly 2008-2013); BIOL 304 Plant Taxonomy and Ecology (yearly 2009-2014); BIOL 242 Diversity of Life (team taught 2013); Structural Equation Modeling Seminar (2009), Multivariate Statistics Seminar (2010), Soil Ecology Seminar (2012)