Maureen L. Stanton

Maureen Stanton

Position Title
Professor Emerita

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Center for Population Biology

2202 Storer Hall

Research Interests

Genetic variation in natural populations; Evolutionary responses of plant populations to heterogeneous environments; Ecology and evolution of plant reproductive systems; Plant adaptation to abiotically stressful environments; multi-species mutualisms; mechanisms of species coexistence;

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Population Dynamics


  • EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution
  • EVE 180A Experimental evolution and ecology in the field
  • EVE 180B Experimental evolution and ecology in the field
  • PBG 200B Population Biology Core - Part B, Winter
  • BIS 2B Introduction to Biology

Honors and Awards

  • 2005 -- The UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Acheivement
  • 2000-- Elected Vice-President of the American Soceity of Naturalists
  • 1988 -- Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
  • 1987-- Outstanding Professor Award from the Graduate Group in Ecology

    Professional Societies

    • American Society of Naturalists
    • Society for the Study of Evolution
    • Ecological Society of America
    • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
    • Mpala Research Centre


    • 1975 BS Biological Sciences Stanford University
    • 1980 PhD Biology Harvard University


    Baythavong, B., Stanton, M. L., and Rice, K. J. 2009. Understanding the consequences of seed dispersal: Contrasting patterns of environmental heterogeneity with distance from a maternal home site on serpentine and non-serpentine soils. Ecology 90(8):2118-2128.

    Emery, N. C., Stanton, M. L., and Rice, K. J. 2009. Factors driving distribution limits in an annual plant community. New Phytologist 181: 734-747.

    Strauss, S. Y., Stanton, M. L., Emery, N. C., Bradley, C. A., Carleton, A., Dittrich-Reed, D. R., Ervin, O. A., Gray, L. N., Hamilton, A. M., Rogge, J. H., Harper, S. D., Law, K. C., Pham, V. Q., Putnam, M. E., Roth, T. M., Theil, J. H., Wells, L. M., Yoshizuka, E. M. 2009. Cryptic seedling herbivory by nocturnal introduced generalists impacts survival, performance of native and exotic plants. Ecology 90: 419-429.

    Palmer, T. M., Stanton, M. L., Young, T. P., Goheen, J. R., Pringle, R. M., and Karban, R. 2008. Breakdown of an ant-plant mutualism follows the loss of large herbivores from an African savanna. Science 319: 192-195.

    Wright, J. and M. L. Stanton. 2007. Collinsia sparsiflora on serpentine and non-serpentine soils: using F2 hybrids to detect the potential role of selection in ecotypic differentiation. New Phytologist 173: 354-366

    Wright, J., M. L. Stanton, and R. A. Scherson. 2006. Local adaptations to serpentine and non-serpentine soils in /Collinsia sparsiflora/. /Evolutionary Ecology Research/ 8: 1-21.

    E. J. Baack, N. C. Emery, and M. L. Stanton. 2006. Ecological factors limiting the distribution of Gilia tricolor in a California grassland mosaic. Ecology 87: 2736-2745.

    Stanton, M. L. and D. A. Thiede. 2005. Statistical convenience versus biological insight: consequences of data transformation for the analysis of fitness variation in heterogeneous environments. /New Phytologist/ 166:319-338.

    Stanton, M. L. 2003. Interacting guilds: moving beyond the pairwise perspective on mutualisms. /American Naturalist/ 162: S10-S23.

    Stanton, M.L., T. M. Palmer, and T. P. 2002. Young. Competition-colonization tradeoffs in a guild of African acacia-ants. Ecological Monographs 72: 347-363.

    Stanton ML, TM Palmer, TP Young, A Evans, and ML Turner. 1999. Sterilization and canopy modification of a swollen thorn acacia tree by a plant-ant. Nature. 401:578-581

    Stanton ML, C Galen, and JS Shore. 1997. Population structure along a steep environmental gradient: consequences of flowering time and habitat variation in the snow buttercup, Ranunculus adoneus. Evolution. 51:79-94

    Stanton, M. L., and C. Galen. 1997. Life on the edge: adaptation versus environmentally mediated gene flow in the snow buttercup, Ranunculus adoneus. American Naturalist 150: 143-178.

    Young, H. J. and M. L. Stanton. 1990. Influence of environmental quality on pollen competitive ability in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum L.). Science 248:1631-1633.

    Stanton, M.L., A.A. Snow and S.M. Handel. 1986. Floral evolution: attractiveness to pollinators influences male fitness. Science 232:1625-1627.