Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Emily Rauschert

Dr. Rauschert Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University;
Office Phone: (216) 687-3506
Lab Phone: (216) 687-2417
COSHP Faculty Profile

Research Keywords:

invasive species, plant ecology, spatial dynamics of species, population models,species coexistence


Ph.D., Ecology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

B.A., Physics and German, Case Western Reserve University, 1999

Brief Bio:

I am a population biologist focusing on plant invasions and effective teaching and mentoring. My research interests include the spread and spatial dynamics of invasive species, which is often driven by human activities. I use a variety of methods in my research, including synthesizing field experiments and mathematical modeling. My teaching interests include building scientific skills in the classroom, especially scientific thinking, communication and quantitative skills, and working closely with students to develop these skills on applied research questions.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences at Cleveland State University. Before that, I was an Assistant Professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public honors college. In 2012, I conducted research on invasive goldenrods at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Pecs, supported by a Fulbright Scholar grant. I was a senior project associate and postdoctoral scholar in the Weed Ecology group at Penn State from 2006-2011, working on the human-mediated spread of Japanese stiltgrass. My doctoral work was in the Biology Department at Penn State, focused on the coexistence patterns of two congeneric invasive thistle species. I had previously conducted ecological research on metapopulations at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München while enrolled as a geology student. During my bachelor's degree, in physics and German, I conducted summer research on crystal growth, which sparked my initial interest in simulation modeling.

I have experience and training in the application of learner-centered teaching techniques for undergraduate biology teaching through my involvement in the Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching IV (FIRST IV) program, funded by the National Science Foundation. In recognition of my enthusiastic participation in this program, I was invited to join the leadership team of FIRST IV, and I helped train the next cohort of postdocs as a Regional Team Leader. I was also recognized nationally for my engagement with teaching with an Education Scholar Award from the Ecological Society of America.

Honors and Rewards:

Fulbright Scholar
Ecological Society of America Education Scholar
Graduate Student Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
J. Brian Horton Memorial Award in Ecology

Teaching Areas:

Plant Ecology
Invasion Ecology
Ecology and Evolution
Non-majors Biology
Effective undergraduate biology teaching

Professional Affiliations:

Ecological Society of America
International Weed Science Society
Northeastern Weed Science Society
European Weed Research Society

Professional Experience:

2014- present Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology, Dept. of B.G.E.S., Cleveland State University
2012-2014 Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology, St. Mary's College of Maryland
2012 Fulbright Scholar, THe Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Pécs, Hungary
2006-2011 Senior Project Associate (previously postdoctoral scholar), Weed Ecology Lab, Penn State University

University Service:

Environmental Studies Steering Committee Member (SMCM)

Professional Service:

Contributing editor for EcoEd, the Ecological Society of America's peer-reviewed education resource library

Ad hoc journal reviewer for: Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Biological Invasions, CBE--Life Sciences Education, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Weed Science, Plant Biology, Environmental Management, Population Ecology

Research Grant:

$324,495 Improving Forest Road Management Techniques to Hinder Plant Invasion to D. Mortensen, E. Rauschert and K. Abbey, USDA NRI (2007- 2011)

€ 500 Young Scientist Subsidy, European Weed Research Society 2010

$20,000 NASA Space Grant 2004-2006 and 2002-2004