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Dr. Mark Sherrard

Dr. Mark Sherrard
Assistant Professor
(319) 273-2770
McCollum Science Hall 97
  • 2010 Ph.D. University of Guelph, Department of Integrative Biology
  • 2005 M.Sc. University of Guelph, Department of Botany
  • 2003 B.Sc. Mount Allison University, Department of Biology, with honors

Teaching Interests: 
Ecology, Plant Physiology, Organismal Diversity

My research focuses on the evolution of plant physiology. I am particularly interested in the biotic and abiotic causes of plant physiological adaptation, and examining how physiological variation influences community and ecosystem function.

  • Sherrard, M. E., H. Maherali. 2012. Local adaptation across a fertility gradient is influenced by soil biota in the invasive grass, Bromus inermis. Evolutionary Ecology 26: 529-544.
  • Maherali, H., C. M. Caruso, M. E. Sherrard, and R. G. Latta. 2010. Adaptive value and costs of physiological plasticity to soil moisture limitation in recombinant inbred lines of Avena barbata. American Naturalist 175: 211-224.
  • Maherali, H., C. M. Caruso, and M. E. Sherrard. 2009. The adaptive significance of ontogenetic changes in physiology: a test in Avena barbata. New Phytologist 183: 908-918.
  • Sherrard, M. E., H. Maherali, and R. G. Latta. 2009. Water stress alters the genetic architecture of functional traits associated with drought adaptation in Avena barbata. Evolution 63: 702-715.
  • Maherali, H., M. E. Sherrard, M. H. Clifford, and R. G. Latta. 2008. Leaf hydraulic conductivity and photosynthesis are genetically correlated in an annual grass. New Phytologist 180: 240-247.
  • Sherrard, M. E. and H. Maherali. 2006. The adaptive significance of drought escape in Avena barbata, an annual grass. Evolution 60: 149-160.
  • Caruso C. M., H. Maherali, and M. E. Sherrard. 2006. Plasticity of physiology in Lobelia: testing for adaptation and constraint. Evolution 60: 980-990.