Erika Edwards

Erika J Edwards – Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University (2007-present). Director, Brown University Herbarium (2008- present). B.S. (Earth Systems) Stanford University; Ph.D. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Yale University.

Research Interests – Plant evolution and phylogenetics. Evolution of C4 and CAM photosynthesis systems; ecological adaptation; eco-physiology and anatomy; evolution of leaf form. Field experience: USA and Mexico; the Caribbean; Central and South America; Mediterranean; Russia; Africa; Australia; Southeast Asia; Japan; Taiwan.

Teaching Interests – Plant Phylogenetics and Evolution; Plant Ecological Physiology; Field Botany.

Honors – Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), 2016; Richard and Edna Salomon Assistant Professor of Biology (2011-2013); John Spangler Nicolas Prize (2006); PhD with Distinction (2005); BSA Maynard Moseley Award (2005); NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2000-2005).

BSA Service: local representative for BSA annual meeting, 2010; Vernon Cheadle Student Travel Award Committee, 2010-2012; Elections Committee, 2015-2017.

Society for Systematic Biology Service – Elected Council Member, 2011-2013.

International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature – Elected Council Member, 2013-2016.

National Science Foundation Service – Panel member: 2010, 2012, 2014.

Editorial Service – Associate Editor, Systematic Biology, 2013-present; Associate Editor, International Journal of Plant Sciences, 2012-present.

Graduate & Undergraduate Student Education: Primary mentor to 4 PhD students (committee member of additional 8); 6 post-doctoral scholars; 8 undergraduate honor’s students.