Marianna Szűcs, Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural Biology
Colorado State University
1177 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1177
I am interested in understanding basic evolutionary and ecological processes that allow species to colonize and adapt to novel or changing environments. During my Ph.D. I studied rapid adaptive evolution and the effects of intraspecific hybridization in a biological control agent (Longitarsus jacobaeae) introduced to control the exotic weed, tansy ragwort. Currently, I am using a model organism, Tribolium castaneum, to explore the roles demography and genetics play in the founding of new populations and adaptation to a novel environment.
Hufbauer RA, M Szűcs, E Kasyon, C Youngberg, M Koontz, C Richards, T Tuff, BA Melbourne. 2015. Reply to Wootton and Pfister: The search for general context should include synthesis with laboratory model systems. PNAS. Early Edition. doi:10.1073/pnas.1517210112
Hufbauer RA, M Szűcs, E Kasyon, C Youngberg, M Koontz, C Richards, T Tuff, BA Melbourne. 2015. Three types of rescue can avert extinction in a changing environment. PNAS. 112:10557-10562
Szűcs, M, B. A. Melbourne, T. Tuff, and R. A. Hufbauer. 2014. The roles of demography and genetics in the early stages of colonization. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences. 281.20141073
Szűcs M., Eigenbrode, M. Schwarzländer, and U. Schaffner. 2012. Hybrid vigor in the biological control agent, Longitarsus jacobaeae.Evolutionary Applications 58:489-497
Szűcs M., U. Schaffner, W. J. Price and M. Schwarzländer. 2012. Post-introduction evolution in the biological control agent Longitarsus jacobaeae(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Evolutionary Applications. 5: 858-868
Szűcs M., M. Schwarzländer, and J.F. Gaskin. 2011. Reevaluating establishment and potential hybridization of different biotypes of the biological control agent Longitarsus jacobaeae using molecular tools. Biological Control 58:44-52
Marsico, T. D., J. W. Burt, E. K. Espeland, G. Gilchrist, M. A. Jamieson, L. Lindström, S. Swope, G. Roderick, M. Szűcs, and N. Tsutsui. 2010. Underutilized resources for studying the evolution of invasive species during their introduction, establishment, and lag phases. Evolutionary Applications. 3: 203-220.
Szűcs M., C. L. Anderson, and M. Schwarzländer. 2008. Landscape genetics and climatic associations of flea beetle lineages, and implications for biocontrol of tansy ragwort. In Proceedings of the XII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (eds. Julien, M.H., Sforza, R., Bon, M.C., Evans, H.C., Hatcher, P.E., Hinz, H.L. and Rector, B.G.), pp 443-447. CAB International Wallingford, UK.