Cynthia S. Brown
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Colorado State University
Phone: (970) 491-1949 FAX: (970) 491-3862 Link to BI 528 Invasive Plants and Weeds: Ecosystems to Molecules
Ph.D. 1998 University of California, Davis
B.S., M.S. 1986 Stanford University
Restoration ecology, boiological invasions, plant population and community ecology, and plant ecophysiology
I am currently studying the invasion of plant species into established prairie communities and mechanisms resulting in the range expansion of the exotic annual grass Bromus tectorum to high elevations. I have long been interested in the mechanisms that control the coexistence of plants and the effects of species diversity and composition on ecosystem characteristics (e.g. productivity, resource abundance and biological invasions). Greater understanding of the factors that control the establishment and growth of new species will improve our basic ecological theory and our ability to manage invasive species, predict which communities are vulnerable to invasion and which invaders will have the greatest impacts. I strive to conduct research that tests ecological theory while addressing practical problems of conservation, management and restoration. I am especially interested in grasslands and restoration ecology and plan to compare community and ecosystem processes in different ecosystems in future work.
I find being a teacher very rewarding and enjoy teaching university students both as a classroom instructor and research project advisor and mentor. I like to participate in teaching general ecology for undergraduates and plant ecology, physiology, conservation biology, invasion ecology and restoration ecology for undergraduate and graduate students. I view the educational process as a team effort between instructor and student. The most effective teaching is exciting for teacher and student and includes the presentation of information in multiple forms with as much first-hand experience as possible through laboratory exercises, experimentation and field trips.
C. S. Brown. 2004. Are functional guilds more realistic management units than individual species for restoration? Weed Technology 18:1566-1571. Full text in PDF format (36 KB)
C. S. Brown and H. I. Rowe. In press. The unwelcome arrival of Bromus tectorum to high elevations. Proceedings of the High Altitude Revegetation Workshop. March 3-5, 2004, Fort Collins, Colorado. Full text in PDF format (176 KB)
J. Fargione, C. S. Brown, and D. Tilman. Community assembly and invasion: An experimental test of neutral versus niche processes. Full text in PDF format (131 KB)
C. S. Brown and K. J. Rice. Inputs and Maintenance for Revegetation with Native Herbaceous Species. Final Report to the California Department of Transportation, Report No. FHWA/CA/TL-2001/06 (2001). Full text in PDF format (4.9 MB)
C. S. Brown and R. L. Bugg. Effects of established perennial grasses on introduction of native forbs in California. Restoration Ecology 9:38-48 (2001). Full text in PDF format (390 KB)
C. S. Brown and K. J. Rice. The mark of Zorro: effects of the exotic annual grass Vulpia myuros on a mixture of California native perennial grasses. Restoration Ecology 8:10-17 (2000). Full text in PDF format (582 KB)
C. S. Brown, K. J. Rice and V. Claassen. The effects of soil amendments and mulches on establishment of California native perennial grasses: a summary of selected results. Grasslands 10:1-17 (2000).
C. S. Brown, K. J. Rice and V. Claassen. Competitive Growth Characteristics of Native and Exotic Grasses, Final Report to the California Department of Transportation, Report No. FHWA/CA/ESC-98/07 (1998). Full text in PDF format (9.96 MB)
R. L. Bugg, C. S. Brown, and J. H. Anderson. Restoring native perennial grasses to rural roadsides of the Sacramento Valley of California: establishment and evaluation. Restoration Ecology 5: 214-225 (1997). Full text in PDF format (780 KB)
Curriculum vitae Full text in PDF format (14 KB)