Suzanne Edmands

Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: sedmands@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5548
Office: AHF 316

Curriculum Vitae
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  • B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Minnesota, 6/1987
  • Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 3/1994

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oregon, 1996-1998  
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1994-1996  

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 08/16/2005-  
    • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 09/01/1998-08/16/2005  
    • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Oregon, 09/01/1996-08/31/1998  
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 03/15/1994-06/30/1996  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    The Edmands Lab studies conservation, population and evolutionary genetics using a combination of fieldwork, molecular genetic analyses and controlled breeding programs. Much of our current work involves using the tidepool copepod Tigriopus californicus as a model for understanding the genetic basis of reproductive isolation and environmental stress tolerance. Our lab also studies temporal and spatial genetic variation in organisms of concern for conservation and management, including current work on genetics and evolution of the island fox.

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, http://wrigley.usc.edu/


    Journal Article
    • Foley, B. R., Rose, C. G., Rundle, D. E., Leong, W., Edmands, S. (2013). Postzygotic isolation involves strong mitochondrial and sex-specific effects in Tigriopus californicus, a species lacking heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Heredity. pp. doi:10.1038/hdy.2013.61.
    • Peterson, D. L., Kubow, K. B., Connolly, M. J., Kaplan, L. R., Wetkowski, M. M., Phillips, B. C., Leong, W., Edmands, S. (2013). Reproductive and phylogenetic divergence of tidepool copepod populations across a narrow geographical boundary in Baja California. Journal of Biogrography. Vol. 40, pp. 1664-1675.
    • Pritchard, V. L., Edmands, S. (2013). The genomic trajectory of hybrid swarms: outcomes of repeated crosses between populations of Tigriopus californicus. Evolution. Vol. 67, pp. 774-791.
    • Hwang, A. S., Northrup, S. L., Alexander, J. K., Vo, K. T., Edmands, S. (2011). Long-term experimental hybrid swarms between moderately incompatible Tigriopus californicus populations: hybrid inferiority in early generations yields to hybrid superiority in later generations. Conservation Genetics. Vol. 12, pp. 895-909.
    • Pritchard, V. L., Dimond, L., Harrison, J. S., Velasquez, C., Zieba, J., Burton, R. S., Edmands, S. (2011). Interpopulation hybridization results in widespread viability selection across the genome of Tigriopus californicus. BMC Genetics. Vol. 12, pp. 54.
    • Purcell, C. M., Edmands, S. (2011). Resolving the genetic structure of striped marlin, Kajikia audax, in the Pacific Ocean through spatial and temporal sampling of adult and immature fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Vol. 68, pp. 1861-1875.
    • Foley, B. R., Rose, C. G., Rundle, D. E., Leong, W., Moy, G. W., Burton, R. S., Edmands, S. (2011). A gene-based SNP resource and linkage map for the copepod Tigriopus californicus. BMC Genomics. Vol. 12, pp. 568.
    • Phillips, B. C., Edmands, S. (2011). Does the speciation clock tick more slowly in the absence of heteromorphic sex chromosomes?. BioEssays.
    • Hwang, A. S., Northrup, S. L., Peterson, D. L., Kim, Y., Edmands, S. (2011). Long-term experimental hybrid swarms between nearly incompatible Tigriopus californicus populations: Persistent fitness problems and assimilation by the superior population. Conservation Genetics.
    • Handschumacher, L., Steinarsdóttir, M. B., Edmands, S., Ingolfsson, A. (2010). Phylogeography of the rock-pool copepod Tigriopus brevicornis (Harpacticoida) in the northern North Atlantic, and its relationship to other species of the genus. Marine Biology. Vol. 157, pp. 1357-1366.
    • Vogel, A. B., Selkoe, K. A., Anderson, D., Edmands, S. (2009). Development and inheritance of molecular markers in the kelp bass, Paralabrax clathratus. Fisheries Science. Vol. 75 (2), pp. 525-527.
    • Edmands, S., Northrup, S. L., Hwang, A. S. (2009). Maladapted gene complexes within populations of the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus?. Evolution. Vol. 63 (8), pp. 2184-2192.
    • Purcell, C. M., Harrison, J. S., Edmands, S. (2009). Isolation and characterization of 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers from striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol. 9 (6), pp. 1556-1559.
    • Edmands, S. (2008). Recombination in interpopulation hybrids of the copepod Tigriopus californicus: release of beneficial variation despite hybrid breakdown. Journal of Heredity. Vol. 99 (3), pp. 16-318.

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371