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Erika Edwards

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Erika Edwards

Title: Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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My lab is interested in all aspects of plant evolution and function, though we do gravitate toward plants living in arid environments.

Research Description

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2008 NSF ADVANCE Career Development Award, Brown University, $17,506.
2006 John Spangler Nicholas Prize, Yale University, $500.
2005 Ph.D. Awarded with Distinction, Yale University
2005 Maynard Moseley Award, Botanical Society of America
2005 Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel Grant, Botanical Society of America, $500.
2004 MORPH Graduate Student Travel Grant, $300.
2003 EEB Department Chair Award, Yale University, $1500.
2002 YIBS Center for Field Ecology Graduate Research Award, Yale University, $2925.
2002 Deland Award for Student Research, Harvard University, $4250.
2000-2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Courses Taught

  • Diversity and Adaptation of Land Plants (BIOl 0430)
  • Plant Ecology (BIOL 1500)

Selected Publications

  • Haberle RC, A Dang, T Lee, C Penaflor, H Cortes-Burns, A Oestreich, L Raubeson, N Cellinese, EJ Edwards, ST Kim, WMM Eddie, and RK Jansen. Taxonomic and biogeographic implications of a phylogenetic analysis of the Campanulaceae based on three chloroplast genes. Taxon, in press.(IN PRESS)
  • Cellinese, N, SA Smith, EJ Edwards, ST Kim, RC Haberle, and MJ Donoghue. Historical biogeography of the endemic Campanulaceae of Crete. Journal of Biogeography, in press.(IN PRESS)
  • Ogburn, MO, and EJ Edwards. Anatomical variation in the closest relatives of cacti: trait lability and evolutionary innovation. American Journal of Botany, in press.(IN PRESS)
  • Edwards EJ and CJ Still. 2008. Climate, phylogeny, and the ecological distribution of C4 grasses. Ecology Letters 11: 266-276.(2008)
  • Butterworth, CA and EJ Edwards. 2008. Investigating Pereskia and the earliest divergences in Cactaceae. Invited paper, Haseltonia 14: 46-53.(2008)
  • Nyffeler, R, U Eggli, MO Ogburn, and EJ Edwards. 2008. Variations on a theme: repeated evolution of succulent life forms in the Portulacineae. Invited paper, Haseltonia 14: 26-36.(2008)
  • Edwards EJ, CJ Still and MJ Donoghue. 2007. The relevance of phylogeny to studies of global climate change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22: 243-249.(2007)
  • Edwards EJ and M Diaz. 2006. Ecological physiology of Pereskia guamacho, a cactus with leaves. Plant Cell and Environment 29: 247-256 (Cover Article).(2006)
  • Edwards EJ and MJ Donoghue. 2006. Pereskia and the origin of the cactus life form. American Naturalist 167: 777-793.(2006)
  • Edwards EJ. 2006. The correlated evolution of stem and leaf hydraulic traits in Pereskia (Cactaceae). New Phytologist 172: 479-489.(2006)
  • Edwards EJ, R Nyffeler, and MJ Donoghue. 2005. Basal cactus phylogeny: implications of Pereskia paraphyly for the transition to the cactus life form. American Journal of Botany 92: 1177-1188.(2005)
  • Riedel SM, HE Epstein, DA Walker, DL Richardson, MP Calef, EJ Edwards, and A Moody. 2005. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of vegetation properties among four tundra plant communities at Ivotuk, Alaska, USA. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 37: 25-33.(2005)
  • Walker DA, HE Epstein, JG Jia, A Balsar, CD Copass, EJ Edwards, WA Gould, J Hollingsworth, J Knudson, HA Maier, A Moody, and MK Reynolds. 2003. Phytomass, LAI and NDVI in northern Alaska: relationships to summer warmth, soil pH, plant functional types, and extrapolation to the circumpolar Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research 108 (D2): 8169 doi:10.1029/2001JD000986.(2003)
  • Brodribb TJ, NM Holbrook, EJ Edwards, and MV Gutierrez. 2003. Relations between stomatal closure, leaf turgor and xylem vulnerability in eight tropical dry forest trees. Plant Cell and Environment 26: 443-450.(2003)
  • Bell CD, EJ Edwards, ST Kim, and MJ Donoghue. 2001. Dipsacales phylogeny based on chloroplast DNA sequences. Harvard Papers in Botany 6: 481-499.(2001)