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Dr. Gail M. Drus

Gail Drus

Title: Assistant Professor of Biology
School: Sciences
Academic Department: Biology
Phone: 814-471-1267
E-mail: gdrus@francis.edu
Office Location: Science Center 112

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California
  • M.S., California State Polytechnic University
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University

Biography

Dr. Gail Drus joins Saint Francis University with 11 years of university-level teaching experience including lecture, laboratory, and field courses in Plant Invasion, Botany, General Biology, Introduction to Ecology and Evolution, Diversity of Life, Controversial Topics in Biology, Tropical Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology, Human Anatomy, and Human Biology. Most recently she served as a Teaching Associate/Lecturer and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara where she earned her Ph.D. in 2013.

Dr. Drus’ research focuses on effects of species invasions on plant community structure and function. She specializes in invasive plant biology, plant community and population ecology, fire ecology, and desert riparian ecology. She has experience developing burn plans, characterizing fire severity and post-fire recovery and utilizing plant physiology to characterize fire damage and to predict plant survival. She has ongoing research collaborations in the fields of plant invasion and riparian ecology. She has a background in ornithology, herpetology, and in the collection of biological specimens related to these disciplines. She is excited to apply the breadth of her research experience to her courses and to the mentorship of undergraduate research projects.

Dr. Drus has published in the International Journal of Wildfire and was a contributing author to the book “Tamarix: a case study of ecological change in the American West.” She has also shared her research through numerous invited presentations, posters, and professional meetings such as the Ecological Society of America, Tamarisk and Russian Olive Research Conferences, and Weeds Management Associations. The outcomes of her research have contributed to general ecological knowledge concerning the impacts and management of invasive plant species. She plans to continue studying invasive riparian plants at Saint Francis University.

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