Erika J. Edwards
Erika J. Edwards
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Elected to the Academy in 2020


Stanford University, 1998, BS, Earth Systems; Yale University, 2005, PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Expert in the areas phylogenetic comparative biology, plant physiological ecology, plant structure and function, and the evolution of photosynthetic systems.


For advancing our understanding of adaptation to past climate change through analyses of convergent evolution in plants; charting evolutionary pathways to the independent origins of C4 and CAM photosynthesis; and elucidating adaptations associated with evolutionary shifts from tropical into temperate biomes (toothed leaf margins, deciduous habit) in multiple plant lineages.