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Sarah M. Swope


Associate Professor of Biology
Department Chair of Biology and Chemistry

Education

BS, Prescott College; MS, Northern Arizona University; PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Interests

Local adaptation and gene flow; plant population biology and population genetics; the conservation of rare native plants in a rapidly changing climate

Bio

Sarah Swope is an evolutionary ecologist and studies three very rare plants in Marin County. She is interested in how plants cope with life in a variable world and the role of genetic diversity in promoting local adaptation. Additionally, all of her work has a conservation theme running through it. She is using her data to make predictions about whether these species are likely to evolve fast enough to keep up with climate change and to recommend ways to protect them.

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