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Ruth Hufbauer

Applied Evolutionary Ecology


Office: C205B Plant Sciences
Lab: E113 & E115 Plant Sciences
Phone: 970.491.6945

Lab Website: Hufbauer Lab

Research Interests

We focus on ecological and population genetics of biological control, 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 introduced populations start small, 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 Drosophila suzukii and biological control of tansy ragwort and tamarisk.

Courses I Teach

Fundamentals of  Ag. Bio

Introduction to graduate school covering writing, data management, forming a committee, relationships with advisors, plus a survey of topics encompassed by the department of Agricultural Biology.


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
  • Lily Durkee – MS in Ecology

Selected Publications - Or see Google Scholar for a more complete list.

Endriss*, S, M Vahsen*, E Bitume*, J Monroe, K Turner*, AP Norton, RA Hufbauer. 2019. The importance of growing up: juvenile environment influences dispersal of individuals and their neighbors. Ecology Letters. 22:45-55. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13166

Szűcs M, E Vercken, EV Bitume, RA Hufbauer. 2019. The implications of rapid eco-evolutionary dynamics for biological control. Entomologia Experiemntalis et Applicata DOI: 10.1111/eea.12807

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

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

Estoup, A, V Ravigné, RA Hufbauer, R Vitalis, M Gautier, B Facon. 2016. Is there a genetic paradox of biological invasions? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 47:51-72.

Hufbauer, RA, M Szűcs*, E Kasyon¥, C Youngberg¥, M Koontz*, C Richards, T Tuff, BA Melbourne. 2015. Three dimensions of rescue can avert extinction in a changing environment. PNAS 112: 1055710562. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1504732112

More publications: Google Scholar

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