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Eric J. von Wettberg

Education and Training

  • HHMI FacultyScholar 2012-2013
  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Population Biology, University of California at Davis (2007-2009)
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, Brown University (2007)
Dissertation: “Local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity in shade avoidance responses in Impatiens capensis”
  • Fulbright Fellow, Danish Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark (1999-2000)
  • B.A. in Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Pennsylvania (1999)


Recent Publications [link to complete list]

Castro, B. M., Moriuchi, K. S., Friesen, M. L., Badri, M., Nuzhdin, S. V., Strauss, S. Y., Cook, D. R., von Wettberg, E.J. (2013), Parental environments and interactions with conspecifics alter salinity tolerance of offspring in the annual Medicago truncatula.  Journal of Ecology.  doi:10.111/1365-2745.12125

Kassa, M.T., Penmetsa, R.V., Carrasquilla-Garcia, N., Sarma, B.K., Datta, S., Upadhyaya, H.D., Varshney, R.K,. 
von Wettberg, E.J., and Cook, D.R. 2012. Genetic patterns of domestication in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajana (L.) Millsp) and wild Cajanus relatives.  PlosOne, 7 (6): e39563.  doi: 10/137/journal.pone.0039563

 von Wettberg E.J., Stinchcombe JR, Schmitt J 2012 Early developmental responses modulate later plasticity to phytochrome-mediated cues  PlosOne 7

Huber H, von Wettberg EJ, Aguilera A, Schmitt J 2011 Testing mechanisms and context dependence of costs of plastic shade avoidance responses in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae) American Journal of Botany 98: 1602-1612

Friesen, M.L., Porter, S.S., Stark, S.C., von Wettberg, E.J., Sachs, J., and Martinez-Romero, E. 2011. Microbially mediated funcational plant traits. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics.  42: 23-46

Turner, T.L., Bourne, E.C., von Wettberg, E.J., Hu, T.L., and Nuzhdin, S.V. 2010 in press.  Population resequencing reveals local adaptation of Arabidopsis lyrata to serpentine soils.  Nature Genetics, 43, 260-263.

Friesen, M.L+. and von Wettberg, E.J+ (2010) Adapting genomics to study the ecology and evolution of agricultural systems. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 13, 119-125.
+ Denotes equal contribution to the work

Holdredge, C, von Wettberg, E.J., Bertness, M.B., Silliman, B.R. 2010. Differential nutrient uptake abilities underlie cryptic Phragmites invasion in New England salt marshes. Oikos, 119: 1776-1784.

Mandle, L.M., Warren, D.L., Peterson, A.T., Hoffman, M., Schmitt, J., and von Wettberg, E.J. 2010. Niche expansion in introduced Impatiens walleriana populations (or not) depending on method of analysis.  PlosOne 5(12): e15297. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015297.

Anten, N.P.R., von Wettberg, E.J., Pawlowski, M., and Huber, H. (2009) Interactive effects of spectral shading and mechanical stress on the expression and costs of shade avoidance.  American Naturalist, 173:241-255.

von Wettberg, E.J. Remington, D.L. and Schmitt, J. 2008. Partitioning adaptation differentiation across a patchy landscape: Shade avoidance traits in Impatiens capensis. Evolution, 62, 654–667.


Recent Grants and Awards

  • NSF Plant Genome Research Program (2008-2011) Genomics of salinity tolerance in desert Medicago truncatula. PI S. Nuzhdin, UC Davis based lead Co-PI with D. Cook, S Strauss, M. Friesen
  • NSF International Research and Education Planning Grant (2008) Genomics of salinity tolerance in Medicago truncatula in Tunisia. PI S. Nuzhdin, Co-PI with D. Cook, S Strauss, M. Friesen.
  • NIH National Research Service Award (2007-2009) Genomics of Nickel tolerance in Arabidopsis lyrata