Office:Trustee Science Center, Room 110
Phone: (417) 873-7445
Dr. Anderson has taught at Drury since 1998. Dr. Anderson earned a B.S. and M.S. from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University where she trained as a plant ecologist and food web ecologist. She has taught Plant Form and Function, Field Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Biology, Advanced Ecology and Evolution for students majoring in Biology or one of the Environmental majors. Most recently, she has developed a popular general education course called "Science of Sustainability" that explores environmental science principles in the context of social and economic well-being.
Dr. Anderson has maintained an active, internationally recognized research program, through which dozens of students have traveled internationally and domestically for rich field experiences. Her research explores the community and ecosystem dynamics of small islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico and in the San Juan Islands of Washington, USA. In the Ozarks, Dr. Anderson and her students also explore similar questions at the land-water interface of Ozark forests and reservoirs.
Dr. Anderson has published 26 peer-reviewed articles and contributions to academic books, and is a co-editor on a new book being published by Oxford University Press in 2011, Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion and Restoration. Many of her publications have been with students, including undergraduates from Drury's Biology and Environmental programs. In addition, she regularly presents research findings with students at the annual, national meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Anderson also serves as the Director of Campus Sustainability. Her role and interactions with students in that capacity are described in the section on the Office of Sustainability.
B.S., Baylor University, 1990
M.S., Baylor University, 1993
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1998
Drury University faculty member since 1998
Professor since 2010