Professional Curriculum Vitae for Sarah Emery


Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Biology Department, University of Louisville
139 Life Sciences Bldg, Louisville, KY 40292
office: 502-852-5940, fax: 502-852-0725



Michigan State UniversityPlant Biology/EEBBPh.D. 2005

Denison University (Ohio) Biology/Studio Art B.S. 2000



-Full Professor, University of Louisville, 2018-present

-Associate Professor, University of Louisville, 2012-2018

-Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, 2007-2012

-Adjunct Professor, Kellogg Biological Station, 2011-present

-Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Rice University TX, 2006-2007

-Visiting Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College MI, 2006

-Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kellogg Biological Station, 2006



-UofL “Faculty Favorites” Nominee (teaching award); 2012, 2014

-National Parks Ecological Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($134,000);  2006-2008

-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


WORKS PUBLISHED: (*Denotes research with undergraduate students)

40. Reid, M.L., and S.M. Emery. 2018. Scale-dependent effects of Gypsophila paniculata invasion and management on plant and soil nematode community diversity and heterogeneity.  Biological Conservation 223:153-161.

39. Emery, S.M., M. Reid, L. Bell-Dereske, K.L. Gross. 2017. Soil mycorrhizal and nematode diversity vary in response to bioenergy crop identity and management. GCB Bioenergy doi:10.1111/gcbb.12460.

38. Bell-Dereske, L., C. Takacs-Vesbach, S.N. Kivlin, S.M. Emery, J.A. Rudgers. 2017. Leaf endophyte interacts with precipitation to alter belowground microbial communities in primary successional dunes ecosystems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93:fix036. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fix036.

37. Gottshall, C.B., M. Cooper*, and S.M. Emery. 2017. Abundance, diversity, and function of arbuscular mycorrhizae vary with changes in agricultural management intensity. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 241: 142–149. 

36. Reid, M.L., and S.M. Emery. 2017. Native and exotic foundation grasses differ in traits and responses to belowground tri-trophic interactions. Plant Ecology 218:173-183

35. Masters, J.A., A.N. Bryant*, M.M. Carreiro, and S.M. Emery. 2017. The removal of invasive Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) has little impact on arthropod communities. Natural Areas Journal 37:228-232

34. Bell-Dereske, L., X. Gao, C. Massiello, R. Sinsabaugh, S. Emery, J. Rudgers. 2016. Plant- fungal symbiosis affects litter decomposition during primary succession. Oikos. doi:10.1111/oik.03648

33. Masters, J.A., and S.M. Emery.  2016. Do multiple mechanisms drive the dominance of an invasive plant (Ranunculus ficaria) along an urban stream? Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 143:359-366 .

32.Emery, S.M.2016. A homemade centrifuge to explore soil biodiversity. In Orgiazzi, A., Bardgett, R.D., Barrios, E., et al. (Eds) Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas. European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. p 163.

31. Emery, S.M., L. Bell-Dereske, and J.A. Rudgers.  2015. Fungal symbiosis and precipitation alter traits and dune building by the ecosystem engineer, Ammophila breviligulata. Ecology 96: 927-935.

30. Emery, S.M., J.A. Masters, S. Benanti*, and C.B. Gottshall.  2015. Patterns of trophic-level diversity across a primary successional gradient.  American Midland Naturalist 173: 177-190.

 29. Fargen, C., S.M. Emery, and M.M. Carreiro. 2015. Influence of Lonicera maackii invasion and management on leaf litter decomposition and macroinvertebrate communities in an urban stream. Natural Areas Journal35: 392-403.  

28. Flory, S.L., K. Clay, S.M. Emery, J. R. Robb and B. Winters 2015. Fire and non-native grass invasion interact to suppress tree regeneration in temperate deciduous forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 992-1000.

27. Masters, J.A. and S.M. Emery.  2015. Leaf Litter has only a Small Influence on Ranunculus ficaria (Ranunculaceae) Biomass and Reproduction. American Midland Naturalist 173: 30-37.

26. Masters, J. A. and S.M. Emery. 2015. The showy invasive plant Ranunculus ficaria facilitates pollinator activity, pollen deposition, but not always seed production for two native spring ephemeral plants. Biological Invasions 17: 2329-2337.

25. Metcalf, J.L. and S.M. Emery. 2015. Non-native grass invasion associated with increases in insect diversity in temperate forest understory. Acta Oecologica 69: 105-112.

24. Rudgers, J.A., L. Bell-Dereske, K. Crawford, and S.M. Emery.  2015. Fungal symbiosis alters plant diversity in a dune ecosystem. Journal of Ecology 103: 219–230.

23. Gross, K.L., S.M. Emery, A.S. Davis, R.G. Smith, T.M.P. Robinson. 2015. 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, p. 216-256.

22. Emery, S.M. and J.A. Rudgers. 2014.  Biotic and abiotic predictors of ecosystem engineering traits of the dune builder Ammophila breviligulata. Ecosphere 5: art. 87.

21. 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.

20. 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.

19. 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.

18. 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.

17. 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.

16. 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.

15. 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.

14. 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.

13. Emery, S.M., J. Uwimbabazi*, and S.L. Flory.  2011. Fire intensity effects on seed germination ofnative and invasive Eastern Deciduous Forest understory plants. Forest Ecology and Management 261:1401-1408.

12. Emery S.M. and J.A. Rudgers. 2010. Ecological assessment of dune restorations in the Great Lakes region. Restoration Ecology 18:184-194.

11. 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.

10. Emery, S.M. 2010. Succession: A Closer Look. Nature Education Knowledge 1(9):1.

9. 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.

8. Emery, S.M.  2007.  Limiting similarity between invaders and dominant species in herbaceous plant communities?  Journal of Ecology 95: 1027–1035.

7. 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, p. 162-179.

6. Emery, S.M. and K.L. Gross.  2007.  Dominant species identity, not community evenness, regulates invasion in experimental plant communities. Ecology 88:954-964.

5. Emery, S.M. and K.L. Gross.  2006. Dominant species identity regulates invasibility of old-field plant communities. Oikos 115: 549-588.

4. 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.

3. 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: 947-957.

2. 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: 483-491.

1. 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: 137-138.



Basyal, B. (PI) and S.M. Emery (Co-PI). 2018-19. Do mycorrhizae help alleviate drought stress in a biofuel crop, Panicum virgatum? Kentucky Academy of Science ($2322). 

Sexton, A. (PI) and S.M. Emery (Co-PI). ). 2018-19. How are prairie restorations impacting the richness, abundance, and life histories of solitary bees? Kentucky Academy of Science ($1566). 

Emery, S.M. (PI) and M. Reid (co-PI). 2017-18. DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Assessing multiple mechanisms of belowground enemy release for an invasive dune-building grass species. NSF  DEB Population and Community Ecology Program. ($18,547). 

Emery, S.M. (PI) and K.L. Gross (co-PI).  2015-18. Can soil biodiversity increase biofuel feedstock production and ecosystem services on marginal lands? USDA-AFRI Foundational Programs- Agroecosystem Priority Area ($149,920).

Reid, M. (PI), and S.M. Emery (co-PI). 2014-2016. Can exotic plant invasion be facilitated by belowground tri-trophic interactions?  Kentucky Academy of Science Botany Grant ($1858).

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.  ($119,197 total; $41,479 to UofL). 

Masters, J. (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).

Metcalf, J. (PI) 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).

 Emery, S.M. (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).

Emery, S.M..  "National Parks Ecological Research Fellowship:  Do microbial mutualists alter the invasibility of dune plant communities? Additional award Oct. 2008 ($4,636).

Flory, S.L.  (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). 

Emery, S.M.  “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 2008-2018)
BIOL 304 Plant Taxonomy and Ecology (yearly 2009-2018)
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life (team taught 2013, 2017)
BIOL 671 Graduate Seminar I-II (team taught 2014-18)
BIOL 692 Structural Equation Modeling Seminar (2009)
BIOL 692 Multivariate Statistics Seminar (2010, 2014, 2018)
BIOL 692 Soil Ecology Seminar (2012)