Eric von Wettberg

A brief CV

Education and Employment

 Assistant Professor 2010-

 Florida International University, Biological Sciences

 Conservation Geneticist  2010-

 Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Center for Tropical Plant Conservation 

 Visiting Research Professor 2011

 Ecole Nactional Superieure Agronomique de Toulouse, France

 Postdoctoral Researcher  2007-2009

   NIH NRSA fellow, UC Davis Ecology and Evolution

      · Advisors: Maureen Stanton, co-advised by Sergey Nuzhdin, Doug Cook

      · Genomics of stress tolerance in plants


Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution June 2007

Brown University, Providence, RI

  • Dissertation Advisor: Johanna Schmitt
  • Dissertation Title:  Landscape genetics and local adaptation in Impatiens capensis


 Fulbright Fellow and Rotary Ambassorial Scholar                                       1999-2000

  Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Advisor: Dr. Jacob Weiner
  • Project title: Using crop density and spatial planting pattern to suppress weeds in organic cereal crops



Selected Grants and Fellowships

USAID Feed the Future Program  2013-2018

A Reverse Introgression approach to creating climate resilient chickpea (Co-PI, PI DR Cook)

National Science Foundation, Plant Genome Program   2013-2017

Deducing the Genomic Footprint and Functional Impact of Chickpea Domestication on Nitrogen Fixation (co-PI, DR PI DR Cook)

USDA Kika De La Garza Fellowship (Declined)  2014

Training Fellowship for faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions.

 HHMI Faculty Teaching Fellow   2012-2013

Improvement of Undergraduate Evolution Teaching at Florida International

 NSF Plant Genome Research Program  2008

 Genomics of salinity tolerance in desert Medicago Truncatula

PI S. Nuzhdin, UC Davis based lead Co-PI with D. Cook, S Strauss, M. Friesen

 NIH National Research Service Award   2007-2009

Genomics of Nickel tolerance in Arabidopsis lyrata


Publications and Presentations

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Warschefsky, EJ, Penmetsa RV, Cook DR, and von Wettberg EJ  Back to the wilds: tapping evolutionary adaptations for resilient crops through systematic hybridization with crop wild relatives, American Journal of Botany, in press

Fotinos TD. Namoff S, Lewis C, Griffith MP, Maschinski J, von Wettberg EJ Genetic evaluation of a reintroduction of Sargent’s Cherry Palm, Pseudophoenix sargentii. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, in press

von Wettberg EJ, Ray-Mukherjee J, D’Adesky N, Nesbeth D , Sistla S. The evolutionary ecology and genetics SRS traits: revisiting Chapin, Autumn, and Pugnaire 1993. Chapter 9 In Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments (Rajakaruna N, Boyd RS, and Harris TB eds), University of California Press, in press.

Roorkiwal M, von Wettberg EJ, Upadhyaya HD, Warschefsky EJ, Rathore A, Varshney RV. 2014 RExploring germplasm diversity to understand the domestication process in chickpea (Cicer) using SNP and DArT markers.  Plosone 9(7): e102016. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.102016.

Cordeiro MA, Moriuchi KS, Fotinos TD, Miller KE, Nuzhdin SV, , von Wettberg EJ, Cook, DR.  2014Germination and early seedling root growth reveal patterns for salinity adaptation in the annual legume Medicago truncatula American Journal of Botany 101: 488-498

Oleas, NH, von Wettberg EJ, Negron-Ortiz V. 2014 Population Genetics of the Federally Threatened Miccosukee Gooseberry (Ribes echinellum), an endemic North American species.  Conservation Genetics, DOI  10.1007/s10592-014-0575-2

Saxena RK, von Wettberg EJ, Upadhyaya HD, Sanchez V, Songok S, Saxena KB, Kimerto P, Varshney RK. 2014 Genetic diversity and demographic history of Cajanus spp. illustrated from genome-wide SNPs.  PloSOne, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088568

Huber H, de Brouwer J, von Wettberg, EJ, During HJ, Anten NPR. 2013.  More cells, bigger cells or simply reorganization? Alternative mechanisms leading to changed internode architecture under contrasting stress regimes.  New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.12474

Castro BM,  Moriuchi KS, Friesen ML,  Badri M, Nuzhdin SV,  Strauss SY, Cook DR,  von Wettberg EJ. 2013. Parental environments and interactions with conspecifics alter salinity tolerance of offspring in the annual Medicago truncatula.  Journal of Ecology 101: 1281–1287

Kassa MT, Penmetsa RV, Carrasquilla-Garcia N, Sarma BK, Datta S, Upadhyaya HD, Varshney RK. von Wetterg EJ, Cook, DR 2012 Genetic patterns of domestication in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp) and wild Cajanus relatives  PlosOne 7(6): e39563

von Wettberg EJ, Stinchcombe JR, Schmitt J 2012 Early developmental responses modulate later plasticity to phytochrome-mediated cues  PlosOne 7(3): e34121

Huber H, von Wettberg EJ, Aguilera A, Schmitt J 2011 Testing mechanisms and context dependence of costs of plastic shade avoidance responses in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae) American Journal of Botany 98: 1602-1612

Friesen ML, Porter SS, Stark SC, von Wettberg EJ, Sachs, J, Martinez-Romero E 2011 Microbially mediated funcational plant traits. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics.  42: 23-46

von Wettberg EJ, and Wright J 2011  Genomic approaches to understanding adaptation.  In Serpentine: a model for evolution and Ecology Rajakaruana, N., and Harrison, S.P. (Eds).  University of California Press.

Maschinski J, Ross M, Lui H, O’Brian J, von Wettberg EJ, Haskins K 2011 Sinking ships: conservation options for endemic taxa threatened by sea level rise Climatic Change  107: 147-167

Mandle LM, Warren DL, Peterson AT, Hoffman M, Schmitt J, von Wettberg EJ 2010 Niche expansion in introduced Impatiens walleriana populations (or not) depending on method of analysis.  PlosOne 5(12): e15297

Namoff S, Veloz A, Jimenez F, Rodriguez R, Peguero B, Lewis C, Moynihan J, Abdo M, Maunder M, Meerow A, von Wettberg EJ, Francisco-Ortega J 2010 Sweet drinks are made of this: conservation genetics of an endemic palm species from the Dominican Republic Journal of Heredity 102: 1-10

Holdredge C, von Wettberg EJ, Bertness MB, Silliman BR 2010 Differential nutrient uptake abilities underlie cryptic Phragmites invasion in New England salt marshes Oikos 119: 1776-1784

von Wettberg EJ, Stanton ML, Whittall JB 2010  How anthocyanin mutants respond to stress: The need to distinguish between stress tolerance and maximal vigor Evolutionary Ecology Research 12: 457–47

Turner TL, Bourne EC, von Wettberg EJ, Hu, TL, Nuzhdin SV 2010  Population resequencing reveals local adaptation of Arabidopsis lyrata to serpentine soils Nature Genetics 42: 260-263

Friesen ML*. von Wettberg EJ* 2010 Adapting genomics to study the ecology and evolution of agricultural systems Current Opinion in Plant BiologyDescription: 119-125      * Denotes equal contribution to the work

Lee D, von Wettberg EJ, 2010 Using bottles to study shade responses of seedlings and other plants Plant Science Bulletin 56:23-29

Wright J, von Wettberg EJ 2009 Serpentinomics – an emerging field of study Northeastern Naturalist 16 (Special Issue 5): 285-296

Anten NPR, von Wettberg EJ, Pawlowski M, Huber, H. 2009 Interactive effects of spectral shading and mechanical stress on the expression and costs of shade avoidance American Naturalist 173:241-255.

Turner TL, von Wettberg EJ, Nuzhdin SV 2008 Genomic analysis of differentiation between soil types reveals candidate genes for local adaptation in Arabidopsis lyrata PLoS ONE 3(9): e3183.

von Wettberg EJ, Remington DL, Schmitt J 2008 Partitoning adaptative differentiation across a patchy landscape: Shade avoidance traits in Impatiens capensis Evolution 62: 654–667

Tabak N, von Wettberg EJ 2008 Native and introduced Impatiens of the Northeast:  parallel introductions and global spread of temperate jewelweeds Northeastern Naturalist 15: 159-176.

von Wettberg EJ, Schmitt J  2005 An experimental separation of stem and leaf shade avoidance responses in Impatiens capensis American Journal of Botany 92: 868-874

von Wettberg EJ. Huber H, Schmitt J  2005 Interacting effects of microsite quality, plasticity, and dispersal distance from the parental site on fitness in a natural population of Impatiens capensis Evolutionary Ecology Research 7: 531-548

Gravuer K, von Wettberg EJ, Schmitt J 2005 Population differentiation and genetic variation inform translocation decisions for Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae, a rare New England grassland perennial Biological Conservation 124: 155-167.

von Wettberg EJ, Weiner J 2004 Effects of distance to crop rows and to conspecific neighbours on the Size of Brassica napus and Veronica persica weeds Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 34-41

Huber H, Kane N, Heschel MS, von Wettberg EJ, Banta J, Leuck A, Schmitt J 2004 Frequency and microenvironmental pattern of selection on plastic shade avoidance traits in a natural population of Impatiens capensis American Naturalist 163: 548-563.

Gravuer K, von Wettberg EJ, Schmitt J 2003 Dispersal biology of Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae (Asteraceae), a rare New England grassland perennial American Journal of Botany 90: 1159-1167.             

von Wettberg EJ, Weiner J 2003 Nutrient heterogeneity does not make belowground competition size-asymmetric in glasshouse populations of Triticum aestivum Plant Ecology 169: 85-92

Richards MH, von Wettberg EJ, Rutgers A 2003 A novel social polymorphism in a primitively eusocial Hymenopteran Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 100: 7175-7180.