Biological Sciences

Kristina Schierenbeck


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Courses Taught:

  • Food, Fiber, and Drugs (Biol 105)
  • Evolution (non-majors, Biol 302)
  • Principles of Evolution (Majors, Biol 408)
  • Plant Diversity and Identification (Biol 448)
  • Plant Geography (Biol 451)

Research Interests:

  • Plant diversity and evolution in California
  • Population genetics of rare plant species
  • Invasive species, population genetics, and management.

Research Summary:

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. 2017. Not all plant taxa display typical latitude-propagule size gradients:  A case student in Arctostaphylos L. (Ericaceae). Madroño (in press)

Schierenbeck, K.A.  2017.  Population-level genetic variation and climate change in a biodiversity hotspot. Annals of Botany 119: 215-228.

Johnson, M.G., K. Lang, P. Manos, G.H. Golet, and K.A. Schierenbeck. 2016. Evidence for genetic erosion of a California native tree, Platanus racemosa, via recent, ongoing introgressive hybridization with an introduced ornamental species.  Conservation Genetics 17:593–602.

Patterson, M., C.T. Ivey, A.L. Edwards, K.A. Schierenbeck, T. deQuiroz, and J.K. Nelson.  2013.  Habitat, seed dormancy, and allozyme variation of the rare endemic, Phacelia cookeiMadroño 60:11-23.

Parker, J., M. Torchin, R.A. Hufbauer, N.P. Lemoine, C. Alba, D.M. Blumenthal, O. Bossdorf, J.E. Byers, A.M. Dunn, R.W. Heckman, M. Hejda, V. Jarošík, A. R. Kanarek, L.B. Martin, S.E. Perkins, P. Pyšek, K.A. Schierenbeck, C. Schlöder, R. van Klinken, K.J. Vaughn, W. Williams, and L.M. Wolfe.  2013. Do invasive species perform better in their new ranges?  Ecology 94:985–994.

Dunn, A.E., M.E. Torchin, M.J. Hatcher, P.M. Kotanen, D.M. Blumenthal, J.E. Byers, C.A.C. Coon, V.M. Frankel, R.D. Holt, R.A. Hufbauer, A.R. Kanarek, K.A.Schierenbeck, L.M. Wolfe, and S.E. Perkins.  2012.  Indirect effects of parasites on invasions.  Functional Ecology 26:1262-1274.

Sundberg M., P. DeAngelis, K. Havens, K. Holsinger, K. Kennedy, A. Kramer, R. Muir, P. Olwell, 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 Invasions 11:1093-1105 (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 nigmatic 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 Evolution 43:1040-1055

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 Carpobrotus and 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).  Madroño52: 148-157.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  2004.   Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica); history, ecology and context.   Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 23(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 ofBotany 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 LoniceraHeredity 75:1-9.

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 LoniceraEcology 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 mewukkaPlant Systematics andEvolution 179:187-206.

Schierenbeck, K. A.  1989.  Noteworthy Collections-California. Madroño 36:76.

Edited Volume:

Willoughby, J., B. Orr, K. Schierenbeck, N. J. Jensen, editors.  2011.  Strategies & Solutions, the 2009 CNPS Conservation Conference Proceedings.  California Native Plant Society Press.  Sacramento, CA.



Schierenbeck, K.A.  2014.  Phylogeography of California: An Introduction.  University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

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