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Susan E. Meyer

Research Ecologist
735 North 500 East
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: 801-356-5125
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Current Research

My current research projects include the following: Population ecology of Lepidium papilliferum; Evolutionary and community ecology of the seed bank pathogen Pyrenophora semeniperda on cheatgrass-dominted rangelands; Annual brome biocontrol after wildfire using a native fungal seed pathogen; Ecological genetics of the cheatgrass-head smut pathosystem; Regeneration biology of blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima: Rosaceae).

Research Interests

My research interests have been expressed in work focused primarily on the regeneration biology of native Intermountain shrubs, forbs, and grasses, in the context of the ecological restoration of shrublands, including the study of within-species genetic variation in germination regulation and seedling establishment ecology.


  • University of Utah, BS Environmental Science, 1969
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MS Biological Science, 1976
  • Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D. Botany, 1980

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Research Highlights


Black Fingers of Death - the Bane of Cheatgrass

Scientists have identified a promising biocontrol organism that can kill dormant cheatgrass seeds and sometimes a high proportion of germinable ...


Cheatgrass Biocontrol with "Black Fingers of Death"

Understanding the effects of slow-growing versus fast-growing pathogen strains may be the key to successfully slow down or stop cheatgrass seed ...


Last updated on : 03/27/2015