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.