Biological Sciences

Kristina Schierenbeck



  • Food, Fiber, and Drugs (BIOL 105)
  • Principles of Evolution (BIOL 408)
  • Plant Diversity/Identification (BIOL 448)


Plant systematics, analysis of invasive plant species

Research Interests:

Dr. Schierenbeck's research interests are in the areas of plant hybridization, plant evolution, and invasive species. She teaches courses in Evolution and Plant Diversity.


Simpson, A., K. A. Schierenbeck, V.T. Parker, and C.T. Ivey.  Propagule size gradients in Arctostaphylos  (Ericaceae): the effects of altitude and latitude.  Nordic Journal of Botany (submitted).

Blosser, G., K. A. Schierenbeck, S. Beattie, G. Wolfe.  Ecological and genetic diversity and characterization of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the soils of vernal pools in Northern California.  American Journal of Botany (in revision).

Sundberg M., P. DeAngelis, K. Havens, K. Holsinger, K. Kennedy, A. Kramer, R. Muir, P. Olwell, K. Schierenbeck, L. Stritch and B. Zorn-Arnold. 2011.  Perceptions of strengths and deficiencies: Disconnects between graduate students and prospective employers.  BioScience 61:133-138.

K.A. Schierenbeck and F. Phipps.  2010.  Population genetics of Howellia aquatilis (Campanulaceae) in disjunct locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Genetica 138:1161-1169.

Ellstrand, N.E., D. Biggs, A. Kaus, P. Lubinsky, L. A. McDade, K. Preston, L. Prince, H. Regan, V. Rorive, O. Ryder, and K. A. Schierenbeck. 2010. Got Hybridization? A Multidisciplinary Approach for Informing  Science Policy.  BioScience 5:384-388.

Schierenbeck, K.A., C. Eunmi Lee, and R. Holt.  2010. Editorial:  Synthesizing the ecology and evolution of invasive species. Ecological Applications 3:96.

Ayres, D. R., K.A. Schierenbeck and N. C. Ellstrand.  2009.  Introduction to ‘‘Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences after Invaders Hybridize’.  Biological Invasions 11:1090-1092.

Schierenbeck, K. A. and N. C. Ellstrand.  2009.  Hybridization and the evolution of invasiveness in plants and other organisms.  Biological Invasions11:1093-1105 (lead article on special issue regarding hybridization and invasiveness.  Ayres, Ellstrand, and Schierenbeck, guest editors for issue)

Fortuné P.M., K.A. Schierenbeck, D. Ayres, A. Bortolus, O. Catrice, S. Brown and M. Ainouche.  2008. The enigmatic invasive Spartina densiflora: A history of hybridizations in a polyploid context.   Molecular Ecology  17:4304-4316

Clark, M, R. Lis, D. Fairbanks, and K. A. Schierenbeck.  2008.  A spatial and temporal investigation of Eleocharis  macrostachya and Orcuttia tenuis in two vernal pools.  Madroño 55:257-268.

Fortuné, P., K. A. Schierenbeck, A.K. Ainouche, J. Jacquemin, J. F. Wendel, M.L. Ainouche.  2007. Evolutionary dynamics of Waxy and the origin of hexaploid Spartina species (Poaceae).  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution43:1040-1055

Schierenbeck, K. A., N. C. Ellstrand and G. Blosser. 2007.  Spatiotemporal patterns in the non-native flora of California, USA.  Madroño. 54:105-116.

Schierenbeck, K. A., V. V. Symonds, K. G. Gallagher, and J. Bell.  2005.  Genetic variation and phylogeographic analyses of two species of Carpobrotusand their  hybrids in California.  Molecular Ecology 14:539-547.

Schierenbeck, K. A., L. Janeway, A. Kapoor, F. Phipps.  2005.  A genetic and morphological study of Clarkia stellata and related species in northeastern California (Onagraceae).  Madroño 52: 148-157.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  2004.   Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica);history, ecology and context.   Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences23(5):391-400.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  2003.  Letter: Case evidence through forensic botany.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 48:696.

Ellstrand, N. C. and K. A. Schierenbeck.  2000.   Hybridization as a stimulus for the evolution of invasiveness in plants?  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97:7043-7050. 

Schierenbeck, K. A., K. G. Gallagher, and J. N. Holt.  1998.  The genetics and demography of invasive plant species.  Fremontia 26(4):19-23.

Albert, M., C. M. D’Antonio and K. A. Schierenbeck.  1997.  Hybridization and introgression in Carpobrotus spp. (Aizoaceae) in California.  I.  Morphological evidence.  American Journal of Botany 84:896-904.

Gallagher, K. G., K. A. Schierenbeck, and C. M. D’Antonio.  1997. Hybridization and introgression in Carpobrotus spp. (Aizoaceae) in California.  II.  Allozyme evidence.  American Journal of Botany 84:905-911.

Schierenbeck, K. A., M. Skupski, D. Lieberman and M. Lieberman.  1997.  Population structure and genetic diversity in four tropical tree species in Costa Rica.  Molecular Ecology 6:137-144.

Schierenbeck, K. A., J. L. Hamrick and R. N. Mack.  1995.  Allozyme variability between a native and an introduced species of Lonicera Heredity75:1-9.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  1995.  The threat to the California flora from invasive species:  problems and possible solutions. Madroño 42:168-174.

Schierenbeck, K. A., R. N. Mack and R. R. Sharitz.  1994.  Effects of herbivory on growth and biomass allocation in native and introduced species of Lonicera Ecology 75:1661-1672.

Schierenbeck, K. A. and D. B. Jensen.  1994.  Vegetation of the Upper Raider and Hornback Creek basins, South Warner Mountains:  Northwestern limit of Abies concolor var. lowiana. Madroño 41:53-64

Schierenbeck, K. A.  1994.  A method for extracting DNA from silica gel dried tropical woody plants.  Biotechniques 16:393-394.

Schierenbeck, K. A. and J. D. Marshall.  1993.  Photosynthesis in a closed canopy and an open field for introduced and native species of Lonicera. American Journal of Botany 80:1292-1299.

Schierenbeck, K. A., G. L. Stebbins, and R. W. Patterson.  1992.  Morphological and cytological evidence for polyphyletic allopolyploidy in Arctostaphylos mewukka Plant Systematics and Evolution 179:187-206.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  1989.  Noteworthy Collections-California. Madroño36:76.

Book Chapters (Peer-reviewed):

Schierenbeck, K. A.  2009.  Hybridization and Introgression.  In:  Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species. Simberloff, D. and M. Rejmanek (Editors).  University of California Press.

Schierenbeck, K. A. and M. L. Aïnouche.  2005.  Evolutionary consequences of plant invasions.  In: Conceptual  ecology and invasions biology: reciprocal approaches to nature.  Cadotte, M. W., S. M. McMahon and T. Fukami (Editors). Kluwer Press.

Ellstrand, N. C. and K. A. Schierenbeck.  2000.   Hybridization as stimulus for the evolution of invasive success in exotic plants.  In:  Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: 50  years since Stebbins.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Press.  Wash., D.C.