Jennifer Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
(573) 651-2362
Office: Rhodes Hall  210


B.S. East Carolina University, 2002

M.S. East Carolina University, 2007

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2012

Research interests:

My lab is broadly interested in plant evolutionary ecology. We investigate a wide range of questions using field, greenhouse and molecular studies. Research is typically aimed at elucidating the ecological and evolutionary selective factors responsible for variation present in natural plant populations. Currently, much of our work centers on mating system theory, adaptive responses to climate change and ecological genetics.


I have a deep affection for nature. I love to be outside - to flip over rocks for salamanders, go camping in new places, and hike to great vistas. It gives me great joy to experience wild places, whether alone, with friends, or students.  Aside from nature, I also love traveling to new places (near or far), walking through art galleries, and trying new cuisines. Some of my favorite times are spent sharing coffee and good conversation.

Selected publications:

Brown J, J Weber, D Alvarado-Serrano, MJ Hickerson, et al. 2016. Predicting the genetic consequences of future climate change: the power of coupling spatial demography, the coalescent and historical landscape changes.  American Journal of Botany 131(1): 153-163.

Etterson J, S Franks, S Mazer, R Shaw, N Soper Gorden, H Schneider, J Weber, K Winkler, A Weis. 2016. Project Baseline: An unprecedented resource to study plant evolution across space and time. American Journal of Botany 103(1): 164-173.

Franks S, B Perez-Sweeney, M Strahl, A Nwogrodzki, J Weber, R Lalchan, K Jordan, A Litt. 2015. Variation in the flowering time orthologs BrFLC and BrSOC1 in a natural population of Brassica rapa. PeerJ 3:1339.

Weber J, S Weller, A Sakai, O Tsyusko, et al. 2013. The role of inbreeding depression in the evolution of heterostyly. Evolution: 67(8): 2309-2322.


Rhodes Hall 224
Department of Biology
One University Plaza, MS 6200
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701