Office: C147 Plant Sciences
Labs: E113 & E115 Plant Sciences
We focus on ecological and population genetics of biological invasions, plant-insect and insect-enemy interactions, to address both applied issues in management of invasive species, and theoretical questions in ecology and evolutionary biology. As all invaders start in small populations, much of our research also applies to conversation of species at risk. Currently, I am using Tribolium beetles as a model system to conduct experimental invasions, and study rescue processes. We also are studying invasions of common mullein, and cheatgrass, and biological control of tansy ragwort and tamarisk.
Courses I Teach:
BSPM 500: Fundamentals of BSPM (Fall)
ECOL 592: Interdisciplinary Seminar Course (Alternate Falls)
LIFE 320: Ecology (Spring)
Hufbauer, RA, M Szucs*, E Kasyon*, C Youngberg*, MJ Koontz*, C Richards, T Tuff, BA Melbourne. 2015. Three types of rescue can avert extinction in a changing environment. PNAS. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1504732112
Tayeh, A, RA Hufbauer, A Estoup, V Ravigné, Léa Frachon, B Facon. 2015 Biological invasion and biological control select for different life histories. Nature Communications 6:7268.
Barney, JN, DR Tekiel1, MN Barrios-Garcia, RD Dimarco, RA Hufbauer, P Leipzig-Scott*, MA Nuñez, A Pauchard, P Pyšek, M Vítková, BD Maxwell. 2015. Global Invader Impact Network (GIIN): towards standardized evaluation of the ecological impacts of invasive plants. Ecology and Evolution. 5:2878-2889.
Migeon, A, P Auger, R Hufbauer, M Navajas. 2015. Genetic traits leading to invasion: plasticity in cold hardiness explains current distribution of an invasive agricultural pest, Tetranychus evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae). Biological invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0873-8
Szucs*, M, B Melbourne, T Tuff, RA Hufbauer. 2014. The roles of demography and genetics in the early stages of colonization. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. 281: 20141073.
Turner, KG, RA Hufbauer, LH Reiseberg. 2014. Rapid evolution of an invasive weed. New Phytologist 202:309-321.
Hufbauer, RA, A Rutschmann, B Serrate, H Vermeil De Conchard, B Facon. 2013. Role of propagule pressure in colonization success: disentangling the relative importance of demographic, genetic and habitat effects. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26:1691–1699.
Alba C, MD Bowers, RA Hufbauer. 2012. Combining optimal defense theory and the evolutionary dilemma model to refine predictions regarding plant invasion. Ecology 93:1912-1921.