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CURRICULUM VITAE
Ellen Louise Simms

Department of Integrative Biology
University of California
1005 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.  #3140
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140
FAX:  (510) 642-6264      email:  esimms@berkeley.edu

Education

Ph. D. Duke University, Durham, NC, 1983
Major:  Botany (Plant Ecology)
Minor:  Mathematics (Statistics)

M. A. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1978
Major:  Biology (Plant Ecology)

B. A. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1977
Major:  Environmental Biology

Employment

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2004 – present

Co-chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 – 2008

Miller Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 – 2004

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998 – 2004; Department of Ecology and Evolution, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Genetics, and The College, The University of Chicago, 1997 – 1998

Director, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley, 1998 – 2003

Acting Director, California Biodiversity Center, University of California, 2002

Visiting Assistant Researcher, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, 1997

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Genetics, and the College, The University of Chicago, 1991 – 1997; Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, 1988 – 1991

Awards and Honors

Miller Research Professor, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, 2003 – 2004

Elected to California Academy of Sciences, 1999

Elected to Sigma Xi, 1983

Recent Grants and Contracts

National Science Foundation, Ecology (2015 – 2020), Mutualism theory predicts how legumes influence biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships under global change (DEB-1457508)

National Science Foundation, DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Network heterogeneity and metapopulation persistence in Pseudomonas syringae. (DEB-1601762)

Marin County Parks Council (20015 – 2017), Unlocking the drivers of sustainable invasive legume management: Are rhizobial mutualists the key?

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (2011 – 2014, collaborative), Global Change Forecasting for Biological Systems in California.

Selected Recent Professional Activities (External)

      Panel Member

National Science Foundation, Population & Evolutionary Processes, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015

      Service

Treasurer, American Society of Naturalists, 2014 – present

Organizer

Western Evolutionary Biology Meeting, 2009

      Participant

Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Genetics, 2005, 2007, 2009 (Discussion Leader), 2011

      Judge

SACNAS Poster Judge, 2011

Ecological Society of America, Mercer Award, 2003 – 2009, Chair 2006 – 2009

Selected Recent Professional Activities (Internal)

President
Sigma Xi, Berkeley Chapter, 2004 – 2014

Vice President
Sigma Xi, Berkeley Chapter, 2002 – 2003, 2017

Administrative Committees

UC Berkeley

Network for Experimental Research in Evolution, Associate Director (2006 – present)

Department of Integrative Biology
Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs (2008 – 2014)
Executive Committee (2004 – 2008)
Ecology Search Committee, Chair (2005 – 2006)
Greenhouse Committee, Chair (2004 – 2014)

Advising

Graduate Students

Briana Boaz, 2015 – present

Helen Kurkjian, 2012 – present

Sirena Montalvo-Katz, (co-advised with Shapira), 2009 – 2011

Caroline Lee, 2006 – 2010

Jessica Shade, Ph. D. 2012 (Director of Science, The Organic Center)

Rebecca Welch, (co-advised with Mishler) 2004 – 2016

Joshua Povich, 2002 – 2014

Veronica Morris (ESPM, co-advised with Roderick), Ph. D. 2009

Martha Palomino, Ph. D. 2008

Rebecca Lutzy, M. S. 2006

Anne Swart, M. S. 2005

Richard Shefferson, Ph. D. 2004 (Professor, University Tokyo)

Jessica Riquetti, M. S. 2004

Kathleen Donohue, Ph. D.., 1993 (Associate Professor, Duke U.)

Jorge Lopez, M.S. 1998 (Ph. D., Indiana U., Professor, Grand Valley State U, Michigan)

Lisa Gades, M.S. 1998 (Scientific Associate, Argonne National Laboratory.)

Postdoctoral Advisees

Stephanie Porter (2012 – 2014, Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver)

Martine Ehinger (2007 – 2009, Secondary School Teacher, Switzerland)

Joel Sachs (2004 – 2007, Assistant Professor, UC Riverside)

D. Lee Taylor (1999 – 2002; Professor, U. New Mexico)

Thomas Juenger (1999 – 2002; Professor, U. Texas, Austin)

Gretchen LeBuhn (1999 – 2000, Professor, San Francisco State U.)

Kirk Stowe (1996 – 2000, Lab Coordinator, U. South Carolina)

James Bever (1996 – 1998; Professor, Indiana University)

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisees)

Chelsea Hazlett (REU SEEDS, Summer 2016)
Amanda Ma (URAP, 2015 – present)
Anthony Pham (BSP, 2015 – present)
Russell Brown (URAP, 2015 – 2016)
Marie Rose Altendahl (2015 – 2016)
Michael Paap (2014, URAP, Honors in IB, Departmental Citation)
Edith Yuan (2014 – 2015, URAP, Honors in MCB)
Aastha Garde (2014 – 2015, URAP, Honors in MCB, Marian Diamond Award; Ph. D. student at Duke U.)
Annie Chang (2014 – 2015, URAP)
Connie Kim (2014 – 2015, URAP)
Redha Qabazard Fouad (co-advised with W. McFarland, 2013 – 2014)
Selene Clay (2012 – 2013, REU)
Miriam Serano (2012 – 2013, IMSL)
Kara Krista O’Connor (2012 – 2013)
Jennifer Bratburd (2012 – 2013)
Yingjie (Lisa) Yan (2012 – 2013, BSP)
Jingyi (Annie) Li (2012 – 2013, URAP)
Rachel Stiner (2010 – 2012, URAP)
Arta Gharib Parsa (2011 – 2012, URAP)
Amy Le (2011 – 2013, URAP, Honors in IB)
Helen Wan (2011 – 2013, Honors in Bioengineering)
Cassandra Ettinger (2011, URAP)
Hansen Deng (2010 – 2011, URAP)
Rachel Stiner (2010, URAP)
Denghui Guo (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Christopher Battey (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Emily Daniel (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Leanne Javier (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Katherine Moore (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Bonnie Lau (2009 – 2010, URAP)
Melina Corona (2009 – 2010, BSP)
Tiffany Hsu (2009, URAP)
Ethan Cheng (2008 – 2011, URAP)
Ara Vehian (2008 – 2009, URAP)
Carissa Pardamean (2008, URAP)
Khushboo Goel (2008 – 2010, URAP)
Melissa Patten (2008 – 2009, URAP, Honors in IB)
Juliana Starcevich (2007 – 2009, URAP)
Devin Noblin (2006 – 2009, URAP, Honors in MCB, Ph. D. student Yale U.)
Sheena Mathews (2006 – 2007, URAP)
Nance Yuan (2006 – 2007, URAP, B. S. Honors in MCB)
Alexander Lau (2005 – 2008, URAP, B. S. Honors in ESPM, MD-Ph.D. student, Cal. Tech.)
Heather Rickard (2006, URAP)
Christopher Bautista (2005 – 2006, URAP)
Stephanie Graeter (2005, URAP)
Cynthia Hsu (2005 – 2007, URAP)
Amit Jan (2005, URAP)
Michael Horn (2004, NSF REU)
Mona Urbina (2003, CSU-Hayward Bridges to the Future Baccalaureate Program, B. S. UC Berkeley)
Yla Tausczik (2003 – 2004, Berkeley Fellow, Ph. D. candidate, U. Texas, Austin)
Ellen Turpin-Denning (2003 – 2003)
Keturah Spikes (2002 – 2003, NSF REU)
Lara Cushing (2001 – 2002, URAP, Sigma Xi)
Dawn Zhao (2001 – 2002, NSF REU, Physical Therapy Program, UCLA)
Ian Herriott (2001 – 2002, NSF REU, Ph. D. candidate, U. Alaska, Fairbanks)
Gina Ladd (Summer 2000, NSF REU)
Stephanie Theodore (Summer 2000, NSF REU)
David Lowry (1998 – present, Summer 1999, NSF REU; Summer 2000 Berkeley Undergraduate Research Fellow, Sigma Xi Fellow, Ph. D., Duke U., Postdoctoral Researcher, U. Texas, Austin)
Kalina Wong (2000 – 2001)
Jeremiah Busch (Summer 1998, NSF REU; Ph. D. Indiana U., Asst. Prof. Washington State U.)
Joan West (Honors in Biology, Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow, 1998, Ph. D. U. Maryland, Postdoctoral Researcher, U. Georgia)
Alison Bennett (1997 – 1998; Ph.D. 2004, Indiana U., Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee, Scotland)
Sarah Elmendorf (Summer 1997; NSF REU, Ph. D., UC Davis)
Amity Wilczek (Honors in Biology, 1993 – 1995; Ph. D., Harvard U., Herbert Reich Chair in the Natural Sciences, Deep Springs College, CA)
Liessa Thomas Bowen (Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow, 1994; M.S. U. Missouri – St. Louis, Ph. D. North Carolina State University)
Anne Pringle (Honors in Biology, 1992 – 1993; Ph. D., Duke U., Miller Fellow, Assoc. Prof. Harvard U.)
Todd Vision (Honors in Biology, Edmondson Fellow, 1991-1993; Ph.D., Princeton U.; Assoc. Prof., UNC Chapel Hill, Assoc. Director of Informatics, NESCENT)
Jessie Else (Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow, 1992; M.S., CSU. – San Diego)
Jim Triplett (Howard Hughes Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, 1990, Ph.D. Iowa State U., Assist. Prof. and Curator, Jacksonville State University, Alabama)

Teaching

Introductory Biology (Bio 1B, Fall 2015, 2016)

Evolution (IB 160, Fall 2010 – 2013)

Female Sexuality (DeCal Faculty Sponsor, 2008 – 2013)

Measuring selection on phenotypes (IB 250, Spring 2010)

Studies at the Ecology/Evolution Interface (IB 298-33, Spring 2006)

Intro. To Quantitative Genetics (IB 165, Fall 2005)

Evol. Ecology Interspecific Coop. and Symbiosis (IB 298-33, Spring 2005)

Quantitative Genetics (IB 250, Spring 2003)

Local Adaptation (IB 150, Spring 2002)

Ecological Genetics (IB 162, Fall 2000,2002,2004, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016)

Plant Ecology (IB 154, Spring 2000, Spring 2002)

Horticultural Methods in the Botanical Garden (IB 112L, every semester, 1999 – 2003)

Ecological Research Reviews (IB 251, every semester 1998 – 2003, 2004 – 2017)

Professional Outreach

Public Speaking

San Fernando Valley Sierra Club Chapter (2007)

Scientific Advising
Bay Area Sea Kayakers (2011 – present)
CSU-Hayward NIH Bridges to Future Baccalaureate Program (2002 – 2003)
East Bay Municipal Utility District Water (2002)
California Exotic Pest Plant Council (2002)
San Francisco Chronicle, (2002)
UCB Campus Sudden Oak Death Task Force, 2001 – 2003
Math in the Garden, NSF-funded Informal Education Project (2000 – 2003)

Professional Societies

American Society of Naturalists

California Botanical Society

California Native Plant Society

Ecological Society of America

Sigma Xi

Society for the Study of Evolution

PUBLICATIONS

Manuscripts in Review or Revision

In revision. Porter, S. S. and E. L. Simms. Evolution of joint phenotypes: host and symbiont sources of joint trait variation and patterns of natural selection. Submitted to Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28 October, 2016.

In Review. Bennett, A., A. Golubski, J. Umbanhowar, S. Borrett, L. Byrne, K. Apostol, J. Bever, L. Biederman, A. Classen, K. Cuddington, K. Garrett, L. Gross, A. Hastings, J. Hoeksema, V. Hrynklv, J. Karst, E. Simms., V. Walsh, M. Warren, J. Zhu. Beyond the black box: Identifying mathematical tools for elucidating interactions in soils. Submitted to New Phytologist 28 June 2016.

In Review. La Pierre, K., E. L. Simms, M. Tariq, M. Zafar, Porter, S. S. Invasive legumes utilize distinct mutualist communities from native legumes, despite a broad fundamental mutualism niche. Submitted to Journal of Ecology, 23 December, 2016.

Reviewed Papers

2014 Porter, S. S. and E. L. Simms. Selection for cheating across disparate environments in the legume-rhizobium mutualism. Ecology Letters 17(9):1121-1129. doi:10.1111/ele.12318.

2014. Ehinger, M., T. J. Mohr, J. B. Starcevich, J. L. Sachs, S. S. Porter, E. L. Simms. Specialization-generalization trade-offs in a Bradyrhizobium symbiosis with wild legume hosts. BMC Ecology In press.

2012. Simms, E. L. and S. S. Porter. Transcriptomic insights into mechanisms of symbiotic cooperation. Molecular Ecology 21(9):4665-4668.

2012. Jandér, K. C. , E. A. Herre, and E. L. Simms. Precision of host sanctions in the fig tree – fig wasp mutualism: consequences for uncooperative symbionts. Ecology Letters 15(2):1362 – 1369. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01857.x

2011. Akçay, E. and E. L. Simms.  Negotiation, sanctions and context dependency in the legume-rhizobium mutualism. American Naturalist 178(1):1-14.

2010.  Sachs, J. L., M. O. Ehinger, and E. L. Simms.  Origins of cheating and loss of symbiosis in wild Bradyrhizobium.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23(5):1075 – 1089.

2009.  Sachs, J. L., S. W. Kembel, A. H. Lau, and E. L. Simms. In situ phylogenetic structure and diversity of wild Bradyrhizobium communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(14):4727 – 4735.

2008.  Franks, S. J., P. D. Pratt, F. A. Dray, E. L. Simms.  No evolution of increased competitive ability or decreased allocation to defense in an invasive plant since release from natural enemies.  Biological Invasions 10(4):455 – 466.

2008.  Sachs, J. L., and E. L. Simms.  The origins of uncooperative rhizobia. Oikos 117(7):961-966.

2008.  Franks, S. J., P. D. Pratt, and E. L. Simms. Selection on herbivory resistance traits and competitive ability in an invasive plant.  American Naturalist 171(5):678 – 691.

2007.  Palomino, M. T., P. G. Kennedy, E. L. Simms.  Nickel hyperaccumulation as an anti-herbivore trait: considering the role of tolerance to damage.  Plant and Soil 293:189-195

2007.  Shefferson, R. P. and E. L. Simms.  Costs and benefits of fruiting to future reproduction in two dormancy-prone orchids.  Journal of Ecology 95:865-875.

2006.  Sachs, J. L. and E. L. Simms.  Pathways to mutualism breakdown.  Trends in Ecology & Evolution 21(10):585-592.

2006.  Simms, E. L., D. L. Taylor, J. Povich, R. P. Shefferson, J. L. Sachs, Y. Tausczik, M. Urbina.  An empirical test of partner choice mechanisms in a legume-rhizobium interaction. Proc. Royal Soc. Series B 273 (1582): 77-81.

2005.  Juenger, T. E., J. K. McKay, N. Hausmann, J. J. B. Keurentjes, S. Sen, K. A. Stowe, T. E. Dawson, E. L. Simms, J. H. Richards.  Identification and characterization of QTL underlying whole-plant physiology in Arabidopsis thaliana: d13C, stomatal conductance, and transpiration efficiency. Plant Cell and Environment 28 (6): 697-708.

2005.  Hausmann, J., T. E. Juenger, S. Sen, K. A. Stowe, T. E. Dawson, E. L. Simms.  Quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting d13C and response to differential water availability in Arabidopsis thaliana.  Evolution 59(1):81-96.

2005. Juenger, T., Sen, S., Stowe, K. and E. L. Simms.  Epistasis and gene-environment interaction for quantitative trait loci affecting flowering time in Arabidopsis.  Genetica 123(1-2):87-105.

2004.  Franks, S. J., P. D. Pratt, F. A. Dray, E. L. Simms.  Selection for resistance in invasive plants.  Weed Technology 18:1486-1489.

2003.  Shefferson, R. P., J. Proper, S. R. Beissinger, and E. L. Simms. Life history trade-offs in a rare orchid: The costs of flowering, dormancy and sprouting.  Ecology 84(5):1199 – 1206.

2003.  Denison, R. F., C. Bledsoe, M. Kahn, F. O’Gara, E. L. Simms, L. Thomashow. Cooperation in the rhizosphere and the “free rider” problem. Ecology 84(4):838-845.

2003.  Cipollini, D. F., J. W. Busch, K. A. Stowe, E. L. Simms, and J. Bergelson.  Genetic variation and relationships of constitutive and wound-induced trypsin inhibitors, glucosinolates, and herbivore resistance in Brassica rapa.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 29(2):285-302.

2002.  Alpert, P. A. and E. L. Simms.  The relative advantages of plasticity and fixity in different environments: when is it good for a plant to adjust?  Evolutionary Ecology 16(3):285-297.

2002.  Simms, E. L. and D. L. Taylor.  Partner choice in nitrogen-fixation mutualisms of legumes and rhizobia. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42(2):369-380.

2002.  West, S. A., E. T. Kiers, E. L. Simms, and R. F. Denison.  Nitrogen fixation and the stability of the legume-rhizobium mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 269:685-694.

2001.  A. E. Weis, Simms, E. L., and M. Hochberg.  Will plant vigor and tolerance be genetically correlated?: Effects of  intrinsic growth rate and self-limitation on regrowth.  Evolutionary Ecology 14:331-352.

2001.  Simms, E. L.  Defining tolerance as a norm of reaction.  Evolutionary Ecology 14:563-570.

2001.  Chase, J. M., M. A. Leibold, and E. L. Simms.  Plant tolerance and resistance in food webs:  Community-level predictions and evolutionary implications.  Evolutionary Ecology 14:289-314.

2001.  J. L. Maron and E. L. Simms. Rodent-limited establishment of bush lupine: field experiments on the cumulative effect of granivory. Journal of Ecology 89:578-588.

2000.  J. D. Bever and E. L. Simms.  Evolution of nitrogen fixation in spatially structured populations of Rhizobium.  Heredity 85:366-372.

2000.  K. A. Stowe, R. J. Marquis, C. G. Hochwender, and E. L. Simms.  The evolutionary ecology of tolerance to consumer damage.  Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 31:565-595.

1998.  E. L. Simms and J. D. Bever. Evolutionary dynamics of rhizopine within spatially structured rhizobium populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 265:1713-1719.

1997.  J. L. Maron and E. L. Simms. Habitat-dependent effects of seed predation on seed bank size and seedling recruitment of bush lupine (Lupinus arboreus).  Oecologia 111:76-83.

1996.  E. L. Simms, and J. K. Triplett.  Paternal effects in inheritance of a pathogen resistance trait in Ipomoea purpurea.  Evolution 50(6):2178-2186.

1996.  E. L. Simms.  The evolutionary genetics of plant-pathogen systems.  BioScience 46:136-145.

1996.  E. L. Simms, and M. A. Bucher.  Pleiotropic effects of flower color intensity on herbivore performance on Ipomoea purpurea.  Evolution 50:957-963.

1995.  E. L. Simms, and T. Vision.  Pathogen-induced systemic resistance in Ipomoea purpurea.  Oecologia (Berlin) 102:494-500.

1994.  E. L. Simms, and J. Triplett.  Costs and benefits of plant responses to disease:  Resistance and tolerance.  Evolution 48:1973-1985.

1994.  M. A., Steele, T. Knowles, K. Bridle, and E. L. Simms.  Tannins and partial consumption of acorns:  implications for dispersal of oaks by seed predators.  American Midland Naturalist 130:229-238.

1993.  E. L. Simms.  Genetic variation for pathogen resistance in tall morning glory.  Plant Disease 77:901-904.

1993.  E. L. Simms, and M. D. Rausher.  Patterns of selection on phytophage resistance in Ipomoea purpurea.  Evolution 47:970-976.

1993.  M. D. Rausher, K. Iwao, E. L. Simms, N. Ohsaki, and D. Hall.  Induction and the cost of resistance in Ipomoea  purpurea.  Ecology 74:20-29.

1990.  E. L. Simms, and R. S. Fritz.  The ecology and evolution of host-plant resistance to insects.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 5:356-360.

1990.  E. L. Simms.  Examining selection on the multivariate phenotype:  plant resistance to herbivores.  Evolution 44:1177-1188.

1989.  M. D. Rausher, and E. L. Simms.  The evolution of resistance to herbivory in Ipomoea  purpurea.  I. Attempts to detect stabilizing selection.  Evolution 43:563-572.

1989  E. L. Simms, and M. D. Rausher.  The evolution of resistance to herbivory in Ipomoea  purpurea.  II.  Natural selection by insects and costs of resistance.  Evolution 43:573-585.

1988.  E. L. Simms.  Ecological genetics and evolution in insect pests.  American Journal of Alternative Agriculture 2:153-159.

1988.  E. L. Simms, and D. S. Burdick.  The utility of profile analysis of variance in experimental ecology.  Biometrical Journal 30:229-242.

1987.  E. L. Simms, and M. D. Rausher.  Costs and benefits of plant resistance to herbivory.  American Naturalist 130:570-581.

1987.  E. L. Simms.  The effect of nitrogen and phosphorus addition on the growth, reproduction, and nutrient dynamics of two ericaceous shrubs.  Oecologia 71:541-547.

1987.  E. L. Simms.  Growth response to clipping and nutrient addition in Lyonia  lucida and Zenobia  pulverulenta.  American Midland Naturalist 114:44-50.

Book and Book Chapters

2001.  E. L. Simms.  Plant Animal Interactions, Pages 601-619 in Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Vol. 4.  Academic Press, New York.

1992.  E. L. Simms.  The evolution of plant resistance and correlated characters.  Pages 15-25 in S. B. J. Menken, J. H. Visser, and P. Harrewijn (eds.), 8th International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships, 9-13 March, 1992, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

1992.  R. S. Fritz, and E. L. Simms (eds.).  Plant Resistance:  Ecology, Evolution and Genetics.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

1992.  E. L. Simms.  Costs of resistance to herbivory.  Pages 392-425 in R. S. Fritz, and E. L. Simms (eds.), Plant Resistance:  Ecology, Evolution and Genetics.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

1992.  E. L. Simms, and M. D. Rausher.  Uses of quantitative genetics for studying the evolution of plant resistance.  Pages 42-68 in R. S. Fritz, and E. L. Simms (eds.), Plant Resistance:  Ecology, Evolution and Genetics.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

1992.  R. S. Fritz, and E. L. Simms.  Ecological genetics of plant-phytophage interactions.  Pages 1-9 in R. S. Fritz, and E. L. Simms (eds.), Ecology and Evolution of Plant Resistance.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

1980.  Christensen, N. C., B. Burchell, A. Liggett, and E. Simms.  The structure and development of pocosin vegetation.  Pages 43-61 in C. Richardson (ed.), Pocosin Wetlands.  Hutchinson Ross Publishing Co., Stroudsburg, PA.

Book Reviews

1998.  Review of Evolutionary Ecology across Three Trophic Levels:  Goldenrods, Gallmakers, and Natural Enemies, by W. G. Abrahamson and A. E. Weis.  Trends in Ecology and evolution 13:334.

1993.  Review of Natural  Enemies, edited by Michael Crawley.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8:73.

Dissertation

1983.  E. L. Simms.  The growth, reproduction, and nutrient dynamics of two pocosin shrubs, the evergreen  Lyonia lucida and the deciduous Zenobia  pulverulenta.  Ph. D. dissertation, Duke University, Durham, NC.  174 pp.

Popular Articles

2002. Sudden Oak Death in the Garden, UCBG Bee, Berkeley

1998 – 2003. (18 articles) Director’s Column, UCBG Quarterly Newsletter, Berkeley.

Reviewed Abstracts

2000.  E. L. Simms, P. Kittelson, and J. L. Maron.  Interpopulation variation in between-year seed dormancy:  Environmental, maternal environmental, and genetic effects.  Ecol. Soc. Amer. 85th Ann. Meeting, Symposium Abstracts: 337.

1995.  E. L. Simms.  Costs and benefits of plant responses to herbivores and pathogens.  Fifth Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology:  Timetable, Abstracts, and Delegate List 335.

1995.  Mayer, S. S., E. L. Simms, L. A. Birch.  The effect of inbreeding on physiological traits in Collinsia heterophylla Nutt. (Scrophulariaceae).  Amer. J. Botany 82:75.

1994.  E. L. Simms.  Costs and benefits of plant responses to disease:  resistance and tolerance.  Amer. J. Botany 81:40.

1993.  E. L. Simms and T. Vision.  Induced systemic resistance against a fungal pathogen in the tall morning glory.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 74(2):437.

1987.  E. L. Simms and M. D. Rausher.  Selection on resistance to herbivory in Ipomoea  purpurea.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 68(3):417.

1987.  E. L. Simms.  Ecological genetics and evolution in agricultural communities.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 68(3):417.

1987.  E. L. Simms and M. D. Rausher.  Natural selection on resistance to herbivory in Ipomoea  purpurea.  Pg. 104 in Abstracts of contributed posters and satellite conferences, 2nd. International Conference on Quantitative Genetics.

1985.  E. L. Simms.  Costs and benefits of the evolution of plant defense against herbivory.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 66(2):272.

1984.  E. L. Simms.  The relative importance of defoliation and nutrient addition in the stimulation of compensatory growth by fire in the evergreen shrub, Lyonia  lucida, and the deciduous shrub, Zenobia  pulverulenta.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 65(2):179.

1980.  E. L. Simms.  The mineral nutrition and growth dynamics of two ericaceous shrub species in a North Carolina pocosin.  Bull. Ecol. Soc. Amer. 63(2):101.

Contributed Papers and Posters (since 2000)

Simms, E. L. & Porter, S. S. Effects of resource enrichment on mutualist inter-generational feedbacks, 21st-Century Naturalists: the American Society of Naturalists Conference, 13 – 15 January, 2014, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA.

Porter, S. S. & E. L. Simms. Selection for cheating across disparate environments in the legume-rhizobium mutualism., 21st-Century Naturalists: the American Society of Naturalists Conference, 13 – 15 January, 2014, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA.

Simms, E. L. & Ehinger, M. L. Phylogeography of Bradyrhizobium populations, Symbiosis Workshop, Wawona, Yosemite April, 2011

Ehinger, M. L., T. Mohr, J. Starcevich, & E. L. Simms. Fitness relationships between Bradyrhizobium and its host plants. Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology 2009, July, 2009, Andover, NH

E. L. Simms, T. Mohr & M. Ehinger. Trade-offs in the fitness effects of Bradyrhizobium on host plants. Evolution Conference 2009, June, 2009, Moscow, ID

Ehinger, M. L., T. Mohr, J. Starcevich, & E. L. Simms. Fitness relationships between Bradyrhizobium and its host plants. Evolution Conference 2009, June, 2009, Moscow, ID

E. L. Simms, J. L. Sachs & M. Ehinger. Evolution of cheating in wild Bradyrhizobium populations. Evolution Conference 2008, June, 2008, Minneapolis, MN

Ehinger, M. & E. L. Simms.  Multi-locus sequence typing as an approach to studying a natural po;ulation of Lupinus and Lotus associated bacteria from nodules and the rhizosphere.  Evolution Conference 2008, June, 2008, Minneapolis, MN

E. L. Simms, J. L. Sachs & M. Ehinger. Evolution of cheating in wild Bradyrhizobium populations. Western Evolutionary Biology Meeting, May, 2008, Irvine, CA

E. L. Simms, J. L. Sachs & M. Ehinger. Parasitism of host Lotus by a wild Bradyrhizobium strain. Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology, August, 2007, Andover, NH

J. L. Sachs & E. L. Simms. In situ diversity of mutualist and parasitic Bradyrhizobium. Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology, August, 2007, Andover, NH

E. L. Simms, J. Povich, R. P. Shefferson, D. L. Taylor, Y. Tausczik, M. Urbina.  A test of the partner choice model for maintenance of mutualism:  lupies and bradyrhizobia.  Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology, August, 2005, Andover, NH

E. L. Simms, J. Povich, R. P. Shefferson, D. L. Taylor, Y. Tausczik, M. Urbina.  A test of the partner choice model for maintenance of mutualism:  lupies and bradyrhizobia.  Society for the Study of Evolution /Amer. Society of Naturalists, June, 2004, Fort Collins, CO

S. J. Franks, P. D. Pratt, F. A. Dray, E. L. Simms.  Natural enemy escape and the evolution of herbivory resistance in the invasive plant Melaleuca quinquenervia.  Gordon Research Conference on Plant Herbivore Interactions, 29 Feb – 5 March, 2004, Ventura, CA

S. J. Franks, P. D. Pratt, F. A. Dray, E. L. Simms.  Does herbivory select for resistant genotypes of the invasive tree Melaleuca quinquenervia? Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems:  Linking Science and Management and 7th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions November 3-7, 2003, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

M. Garbelotto, C. Wilkinson, D. Hüberli, E. L. Simms.  Method for confirming new plant hosts of Phytophthora ramorum. Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium.  December 17 – 18, 2002, Monterey, CA.

 

Recent Invited Seminars

Legume-rhizobium mutualisms
School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, 2015

Evolutionary Ecology of legume-rhizobium mutualism
Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution – Montpellier (ISEM), Université de Montpellier, Faculté des Sciences, 2014

Centre d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE), Université de Montpellier, Faculté des Sciences, 2014

Effect of resource enrichment on mutualist intergenerational feedbacks
North American Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation Congress, Minneapolis, 2013

Maintaining cooperation in a wild legume-rhizobium mutualism
Dept. Biological Science, Florida State University, 2013

Plant soil feedbacks and spatial structure in a wild legume-rhizobium community
Dept. Biological Science, Florida State University, 2013

Negotiated interactions in legume-rhizobium mutualisms
Dept. Plant Biology, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, 2011

Cheating or maladaptation? Varying selection pressures in a legume-rhizobium interaction
Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, 2011
Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis, 2010
Odum School of Ecology, U Georgia, Athens, 2010
Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 2010

Cooperation in Plants: Why the How is important
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, 2010

Cooperation and cheating: Testing partner-choice theory in the legume-rhizobium N fixation symbiosis
Department of OEB, Harvard University, 2006
Department of Ecology and Evolution, UC Irvine, 2005
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley, 2005
Department of Organismal Biology, University of Texas, 2004

Evolutionary ecology of plant-microbial nutritional symbioses:  lupines and N-fixing bacteria
Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, Spring 2003
Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, 2002
Department of Biology, University of Oregon, 2001

Consumer effects on plant population dynamics of bush lupine at Bodega Marine Reserve
Department of Biology, Sonoma State University, 2001

Environmental and genetic determinants of seed dormancy in yellow bush lupine
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, 2001
Neyman Seminary, Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley, 2001

Plant Responses to Enemies:  Resistance and Tolerance
Grossmont College, San Diego, CA 2001

Evolution in spatially structured populations of Rhizobium
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, 2001
Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2000

Recent Invited Symposia

The Evolution of Cooperation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, 18 August, 2009

Green Evolution:  Evolutionary theory and results in agricultural systems
Society for the Study of Evolution, Annual Meeting, Champaign, IL, July 2002

Legume-Animal Interactions.
International Legume Symposium, Canberra, Australia, 1 – 7 July, 2001.

Rhizosphere Control Points:  Molecules to Food Webs.
NSF-sponsored symposium University of California, Davis, 1 – 3 June, 2001.