Emma Goldberg (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior) was named a 2016-18 McKnight Land-Grant Professor earlier this month. Recipients are selected with an eye to supporting the advancement of new assistant professors at a key point in their professional lives.
Goldberg uses mathematical models to answer questions relating to biological diversity, including what limits the geographic ranges of species, and how the various ways that plants reproduce contribute to speciation and extinction.
“I am lucky to have some awesome people in my lab,” says Goldberg, “and the McKnight will allow me to support their own research ideas.”
Goldberg currently has two postdoctoral researchers, a graduate student and two undergraduates working in her lab. “When you are working on theory it’s about framing questions in new ways,” says Goldberg. Members of her lab work on a range of subjects, from linking mathematical models to experiments in insect physiology, to chromosome number evolution, to plant mating systems.
Since joining the College of Biological Sciences in 2014, Goldberg has increasingly focused her own research efforts on plant biogeography and improving phylogenetic comparative methods.