Jennifer R. Gremer
I am a second year PhD student in the Population Biology graduate group studying population and community ecology. I am particularly interested in invasive species, functional traits, and demographic studies.
I am a first year PhD student in the Population Biology graduate group primarily interested in investigating the effects of climate change on plant responses. Currently, I am working on a project exploring the impacts of snow melt on the phenology and population genetics of a native California wildflower, Streptanthus tortuosus, at Lassen Volcanic National Park. During my PhD, I aim to ask questions that lie at the interface of evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology, and answer those questions using a combination of observational, genetic, and experimental techniques. Other research topics I may explore include studying the effects of climate change on plant-pollinator interactions, plant distributions, and landscape genetics and how those effects differ at varying spatial scales. I am also an avid science writer and communicator. See research updates on my blog here and my science writing portfolio here.
I help out with a number of projects in the lab, but most of my time goes towards studying life history evolution in Streptanthus tortuosus. This plant is very labile in its life history strategies, and I’m particularly interested in the role this lability has played in shaping the range of S. tortuosus. At a larger scale, I’m curious about the prevalence of within-species life history lability and how evolutionary transitions in life history strategies have shaped plant diversity.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Vanessa Bassinello – undergraduate
Jivka Grozeva – undergraduate
Noah Rosenberg – undergraduate
Daniel Winkler — visiting graduate student
Sherry Zheng – undergraduate
Ryan Moore – undergraduate