Amy Angert

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

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Assistant Professor

Plant evolutionary ecology; geographic range limits and rarity; population dynamics and community structure.

B.A. (1998) Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D. (2005) Michigan State University
Postdoctoral researcher (2005-2007) University of Arizona

Contact Information

Room 220, Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre

Research Interests

My lab group works at the interface of ecology and evolutionary biology. Much of our research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of species' geographic distributions, asking what limits adaptation at the edges of species' ranges, why closely related species vary by orders of magnitude in range size, and how ranges are likely to shift in response to climatic changes. Another line of inquiry focuses on population and community dynamics and mechanisms of species coexistence. These different projects are united by a focus on mechanisms of, and constraints on, niche evolution, and the consequences of divergence in niche properties for patterns of distribution and abundance. We combine experimental manipulations in the field and in the lab and observations of natural populations with tools from quantitative genetics and physiological ecology. Much of our research is on species within the genus Mimulus ("monkeyflowers") because of their ecological diversity, history of study, genomic resources, and ease of propagation.


Biology 406 (Plant Ecology)

Team Members

Matthew Bayly - MSc student

Megan Bontrager - PhD student

Qin Li - PhD student

Seema Sheth – PhD student (Colorado State University)

Selected Publications

Angert AL, S LaDeau, and R Ostfeld. 2013. Climate change and species interactions: Ways forward. ANYAS 1297:1-7.

Kimball S, TE Huxman, DL Venable, and AL Angert. 2013. Phenotypic selection favors missing trait combinations in coexisting annual plants. American Naturalist 182:191-207.

Kimball S, JR Gremer, AL Angert, TE Huxman, and DL Venable. 2012. “Fitness and physiology in a variable environment.” Oecologia: 169:319-329.

Paul JR, Sheth SN, and AL Angert. 2011. “Quantifying the impact of gene flow on phenotype-environment mismatch: a demonstration with the scarlet monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis).” American Naturalist 178: S62-S79.

Angert AL, SN Sheth and JR Paul. 2011. “Incorporating population variation in thermal performance into predictions of geographic range shifts.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, Advance Access (doi: 10.1093/icb/icr048).

Angert AL, LG Crozier, LJ Rissler, SE Gilman, JJ Tewksbury, and AJ Chunco. 2011. “Do species’ traits predict recent range shifts?” Ecology Letters 14: 677–689.

Gerst KL, AL Angert and DL Venable. 2011. “The effect of geographic range position on demographic variability in annual plants.” Journal of Ecology 99: 591-599. 

Kimball S, AL Angert, TE Huxman and DL Venable. 2010. “Contemporary climate change favors cold-adapted species in the Sonoran Desert.” Global Change Biology 16: 1555-1565.

Sexton JP, PJ MacIntyre, AL Angert and KJ Rice. 2009. “Evolution and ecology of species range limits.” Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40: 415-436.

Angert AL. 2009. Colloquium Papers: The niche, limits to species’ distributions, and spatiotemporal variation in demography across the elevation ranges of two monkeyflowers.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 19693-19698.

Angert AL, TE Huxman, P Chesson, and DL Venable. 2009. “Functional trade-offs determine species coexistence via the storage effect.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:11641-11645.

Angert AL, HD Bradshaw, and DW Schemske. 2008. “Using experimental evolution to investigate geographic range limits in monkeyflowers.” Evolution 62: 2660-2675.

Angert AL, TE Huxman, GA Barron-Gafford, KL Gerst, and DL Venable. 2007. “Linking growth strategies to long-term population dynamics in a guild of desert annuals.” Journal of Ecology 95: 321-331. 

Angert AL and DW Schemske. 2005. “The evolution of species' distributions: Reciprocal transplants across the elevation ranges of Mimulus cardinalis and M. lewisii.” Evolution 59: 1671-1684.