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Dr. Diane Byers

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • University of WI - Madison B.S. in Botany Rutgers University - New Brunswick - MS and PhD in Plant Biology University of Minn. St. Paul - postdoc in Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 305.Sec 001 Biological Evolution
  • BSC 499.Sec 013 Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 008 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 013 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • BSC 420.28Sec 001 Seminar In Evolution And Systematics
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Biological Evolution, Biostatistics, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Plant Biology
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Plant Pollinator Interactions, Evolution of Plant Breeding Systems, Bee Diversity in Fragmented Prairies, Evolution in Fragmented, Heterogeneous and Changing Environments
  • Post-Doc Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics - 1998
  • University of Minnestoa
  • Ph D Plant Biology - 1993
  • Rutgers University
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Determination of genetic and ecological characteristics that result in rarity by comparison of rare and common species of Eupatorium.
  • MS Botany - 1988
  • Rutgers University
  • New Brunswick. NJ
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Life history variation of Alliaria petiolata in a range of habitats in New
  • BS Botany - 1983
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Madison, WI
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Byers, D.L. and S.-M. Chang. 2017. Studying plant-pollinator interactions facing climate change and changing environments: approaches. Applications in Plant Sciences 5(6): 1700052. https://doi.org/10.3732/apps.1700052.
  • Byers, D.L. 2017. Studying plant-pollinator interaction in a changing climate: A review of approaches. Applications in Plant Sciences 5(6): 1700012. https://doi.org/10.3732/apps.1700012.
  • Mullarkey, A.A., D.L. Byers and R.C. Anderson 2013. Inbreeding depression and partitioning of genetic load in the invasive biennial, Alliaria petiolata (Brassicaceae). American Journal of Botany 100(3): 509-518.
  • Mannouris, C., D.L. Byers. 2013. The impact of habitat fragmentation on fitness-related traits in a native prairie species, Chamaecrista fasciculata (Fabaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 108(1): 55-67.
  • Griffin, A.M., D.L. Byers. 2012. Pollinator behavior differs between female and hermaphroditic plants of Lobelia spicata. Lam. (Campanulaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 139(2): 131-136.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • 2017 Philips, R.W. and D.L. Byers. Does habitat specific seed sources result in differential success of Chamaecrista fasciculata in a restored tallgrass prairie?, Evolution 2017
  • 2017 Byers, D.L., T.M. Rippel, and R.W. Philips. Soil traits impacts on female frequency of a gynodioecious prairie plant, Lobelia spicata., Evolution 2017
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Dimensions US-China: Collaborative Research: Microbe eco-evolutionary feedbacks as drivers of plant coexistence, diversity gradients, and overyielding. NSF awarded grant. J.D. Bever of KU as PI with 6 co-pi including D.L. Byers at ISU