Maureen L. Stanton

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Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

Offices and Labs

2202 Storer Hall


1980 PhD Biology Harvard University
1975 BS Biological Sciences Stanford University

Research Interests

Genetic variation in natural populations; Evolutionary responses of plant populations to heterogeneous environments; Ecology and evolution of plant reproductive systems; Plant adaptation to abiotically stressful environments; multi-species mutualisms; mechanisms of species coexistence;


2005 -- The UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Acheivement
2000-- Elected Vice-President of the American Soceity of Naturalists
1988 -- Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
1987-- Outstanding Professor Award from the Graduate Group in Ecology


American Society of Naturalists
Society for the Study of Evolution
Ecological Society of America
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Mpala Research Centre

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

Population Biology
  • Population Dynamics
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS


Teaching Interests

Evolution, ecology, and population biology. Field methods and experimental design.


EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution
EVE 180A Experimental evolution and ecology in the field
EVE 180B Experimental evolution and ecology in the field
PBG 200B Population Biology Core - Part B (Winter)
BIS 2B Introduction to Biology


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  • Baythavong, B., Stanton, M. L., and Rice, K. J. 2009. Understanding the consequences of seed dispersal: Contrasting patterns of environmental heterogeneity with distance from a maternal home site on serpentine and non-serpentine soils. Ecology 90(8):2118-2128.
  • Emery, N. C., Stanton, M. L., and Rice, K. J. 2009. Factors driving distribution limits in an annual plant community. New Phytologist 181: 734-747.
  • Strauss, S. Y., Stanton, M. L., Emery, N. C., Bradley, C. A., Carleton, A., Dittrich-Reed, D. R., Ervin, O. A., Gray, L. N., Hamilton, A. M., Rogge, J. H., Harper, S. D., Law, K. C., Pham, V. Q., Putnam, M. E., Roth, T. M., Theil, J. H., Wells, L. M., Yoshizuka, E. M. 2009. Cryptic seedling herbivory by nocturnal introduced generalists impacts survival, performance of native and exotic plants. Ecology 90: 419-429.
  • Palmer, T. M., Stanton, M. L., Young, T. P., Goheen, J. R., Pringle, R. M., and Karban, R. 2008. Breakdown of an ant-plant mutualism follows the loss of large herbivores from an African savanna. Science 319: 192-195.
  • Wright, J. and M. L. Stanton. 2007. Collinsia sparsiflora on serpentine and non-serpentine soils: using F2 hybrids to detect the potential role of selection in ecotypic differentiation. New Phytologist 173: 354-366
  • Wright, J., M. L. Stanton, and R. A. Scherson. 2006. Local adaptations to serpentine and non-serpentine soils in /Collinsia sparsiflora/. /Evolutionary Ecology Research/ 8: 1-21.
  • E. J. Baack, N. C. Emery, and M. L. Stanton. 2006. Ecological factors limiting the distribution of Gilia tricolor in a California grassland mosaic. Ecology 87: 2736-2745.
  • Stanton, M. L. and D. A. Thiede. 2005. Statistical convenience versus biological insight: consequences of data transformation for the analysis of fitness variation in heterogeneous environments. /New Phytologist/ 166:319-338.
  • Stanton, M. L. 2003. Interacting guilds: moving beyond the pairwise perspective on mutualisms. /American Naturalist/ 162: S10-S23.
  • Stanton, M.L., T. M. Palmer, and T. P. 2002. Young. Competition-colonization tradeoffs in a guild of African acacia-ants. Ecological Monographs 72: 347-363.
  • Stanton ML, TM Palmer, TP Young, A Evans, and ML Turner. 1999. Sterilization and canopy modification of a swollen thorn acacia tree by a plant-ant. Nature. 401:578-581
  • Stanton ML, C Galen, and JS Shore. 1997. Population structure along a steep environmental gradient: consequences of flowering time and habitat variation in the snow buttercup, Ranunculus adoneus. Evolution. 51:79-94
  • Stanton, M. L., and C. Galen. 1997. Life on the edge: adaptation versus environmentally mediated gene flow in the snow buttercup, Ranunculus adoneus. American Naturalist 150: 143-178.
  • Young, H. J. and M. L. Stanton. 1990. Influence of environmental quality on pollen competitive ability in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum L.). Science 248:1631-1633.
  • Stanton, M.L., A.A. Snow and S.M. Handel. 1986. Floral evolution: attractiveness to pollinators influences male fitness. Science 232:1625-1627.