Elizabeth Leger

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 784-7582
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Fields: Plant population biology
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Botany/Plant Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation


Dr. Leger is interested in the population biology of plants. She works on local adaptation and rapid evolution of native and invasive plants, and is interested in how genetic variation (below the species level) affects the distribution and abundance of species. She also works on the rapid evolution of adaptive traits, and is currently interested in how native species can respond to environmental perturbations such as species invasion and climate change.

In addition to her work on plant population biology, she does projects that gather basic ecological data about rare species and natural communities, providing information that is necessary to make appropriate management and restoration decisions.