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Applied Evolutionary Ecology


Office: C205A Plant Sciences
Lab: E213 & E115 Plant Sciences
Phone: 970.491.6945

Lab Website: Hufbauer Lab

Research Interests

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 conservation 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

Fundamentals of  

Introduction to graduate school covering managing time, advisor and research, plus a survey of topics encompassed by the department of .


Interdisciplinary Seminar Course

Concepts and principles of basic and applied ecology in an interdisciplinary context.

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Interrelationships among organisms and their environments using conceptual models and quantitative approaches.


Students I Advise

  • Eliza Clark – PhD in Ecology
  • Marcel Jardeleza – MS in Ecology

Selected Publications

Bitume* EV, D Bean, A. Stahlke, RA Hufbauer. 2017 Hybridization affects life-history traits and host specificity in Diorhabda spp.. Biological Control 111:45-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.05.009 BioRxiv

Fettic, CE and RA Hufbauer. 2017 Reproductive strategy, performance, and population dynamics of the introduced weed Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger). Weed Science. 65:83-96.

Fraimout, A, V Debat, S Fellous, RA Hufbauer, J Foucaud, P Pudlo, M-M Marin, DK Price, J Cattel, X Chen, M Deprá, PF Duyck, C Guedot, G Loeb, M Kenis, MT Kimura, I Martinez-Sañudo, M Pascual, MP Richmond, P Shearer, N Singh, K Tamura, A Xuéreb, J Zhang, A Loiseau, A Estoup. 2017 Deciphering the routes of invasion of Drosophila suzukii by means of ABC random forest. Molecular Biology and Evolution. On line early. openaccess

Hufbauer, RA. 2017. In focus: Admixture is a driver rather than a passenger in experimental invasions. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12600

Stewart*, GS, MR Morris*, AB Genis*, M Szűcs, BA Melbourne, SJ Tavener, RA Hufbauer. 2017 The power of evolutionary rescue is constrained by genetic load. Evolutionary Applications. 10:731-741 DOI: 10.1111/eva.12489

Szűcs*, M, BA Melbourne, T Tuff, C Weiss-Lehman, RA Hufbauer. 2017 Genetic and demographic founder effects have long-term fitness consequences for colonizing populations. Ecology Letters. 8:14303 DOI: 10.1111/ele.12743

Rogalski, M, C Gowler, C Shaw, RA Hufbauer, M Duffy. 2017. Human drivers of ecological and evolutionary dynamics in emerging and disappearing infectious disease systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 372: 20160043

Weiss-Lehman†, C, RA Hufbauer, BA Melbourne. 2017. Rapid trait evolution drives increased speed and variance in experimental range expansions. Nature Communications. 8:14303 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14303 openaccess

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