Suzanne Edmands

Professor of Biological Sciences
Suzanne Edmands
Email Office AHF 130 Office Phone (213) 740-5548

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies,


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 3/1994
  • B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Minnesota, 6/1987
    • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oregon, 1996-1998
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1994-1996
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 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
  • 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 fundamental biological processes including reproductive isolation, environmental stress tolerance and aging. 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.

  • Journal Article

    • Adams, N. E., Edmands, S. (2023). Genomic recovery lags behind demographic recovery in bottlenecked populations of the Channel Island fox, Urocyon littoralis. Molecular ecology. PubMed Web Address
    • Watson, E. T., Flanagan, B. A., Pascar, J. A., Edmands, S. (2022). Mitochondrial effects on fertility and longevity in Tigriopus californicus contradict predictions of the mother’s curse hypothesis. Proceedings. Biological sciences. Vol. 289 (1987), pp. 20221211. PubMed Web Address
    • Flanagan, B. A., Huang, E., Edmands, S. (2022). Exogenous oxidative stressors elicit differing age and sex effects in Tigriopus californicus. Experimental gerontology. Vol. 166, pp. 111871. PubMed Web Address
    • Coleman, A. L., Edmands, S. (2022). Data and Diversity in the Development of Acute Water Quality Criteria in the United States. Environmental toxicology and chemistry. Vol. 41 (5), pp. 1333-1343. PubMed Web Address
    • Li, N., Flanagan, B. A., Edmands, S. (2022). Food deprivation exposes sex-specific trade-offs between stress tolerance and life span in the copepod Tigriopus californicus. Ecology and evolution. Vol. 12 (4), pp. e8822. PubMed Web Address
    • Flanagan, B. A., Li, N., Edmands, S. (2021). Mitonuclear interactions alter sex-specific longevity in a species without sex chromosomes. Proceedings. Biological sciences. Vol. 288 (1962), pp. 20211813. PubMed Web Address
    • Edmands, S. (2021). Sex Ratios in a Warming World: Thermal Effects on Sex-Biased Survival, Sex Determination, and Sex Reversal. The Journal of heredity. Vol. 112 (2), pp. 155-164. PubMed Web Address
    • Adams, N. E., Becker, M. A., Edmands, S. (2021). Effect of Geography and Captivity on Scat Bacterial Communities in the Imperiled Channel Island Fox. Frontiers in microbiology. Vol. 12, pp. 748323. PubMed Web Address
    • Li, N., Flanagan, B. A., Partridge, M., Huang, E. J., Edmands, S. (2020). Sex differences in early transcriptomic responses to oxidative stress in the copepod Tigriopus californicus. BMC genomics. Vol. 21 (1), pp. 759. PubMed Web Address
    • Li, N., Arief, N., Edmands, S. (2019). Effects of oxidative stress on sex-specific gene expression in the copepod Tigriopus californicus revealed by single individual RNA-seq. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part D, Genomics & proteomics. Vol. 31, pp. 100608. PubMed Web Address
    • Foley, H. B., Sun, P. Y., Ramirez, R., So, B. K., Venkataraman, Y. R., Nixon, E. N., Davies, K. J., Edmands, S. (2019). Sex-specific stress tolerance, proteolysis, and lifespan in the invertebrate Tigriopus californicus. Experimental gerontology. Vol. 119, pp. 146-156. PubMed Web Address
    • Leong, W., Sun, P. S., Edmands, S. (2018). Latitudinal clines in temperature and salinity tolerance in tidepool copepods. Journal of Heredity. Vol. 109 (1), pp. 71-77.
    • Sun, P. Y., Foley, H. B., Nguyen, C., Chaudhry, S., Bao, V. W., Leung, K. M., Edmands, S. (2018). Long-term laboratory culture causes contrasting shifts in tolerance to two marine pollutants in copepods of the genus Tigriopus. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Vol. 25 (4), pp. 3183-3192.
    • Barreto, F. S., Watson, E. T., Lima, T. G., Willett, C. S., Edmands, S., Li, W., Burton, R. S. (2018). Genomic signatures of mitonuclear coevolution across populations of Tigriopus californicus. Nature Ecology and Evolution.
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