Dr. Richards is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. Her research incorporates genomic tools and approaches into ecological experiments to better understand how organisms respond to ecological and evolutionary challenges including anthropogenic global change. The Richards Lab is currently working on projects that explore the genomics and epigenomics of native coastal plant species as well as plant invasions with the globally invasive Japanese knotweeds (Reynoutria) and Spartina alterniflora. Further, Dr. Richards works in collaboration with faculty at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute to use ecological and evolutionary theory to understand the dynamics of a variety of human cancers.
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1. Guo, J., C.L. Richards, K.E. Holsinger, G.A. Fox, Z. Zhang & J.C. Zhao. In press. Genetic structure in patchy populations of a foundation plant: A case study of Leymus chinensis (Poaceae) using genetic and clonal diversity. American Journal of Botany. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1771
2. Jung, J., F. Reis, C.L. Richards & O. Bossdorf. In press. Understanding plant microbiomes requires a G x E framework. American Journal of Botany. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1742
3. Richards, C.L., **K.L. Langanke, G.A. Fox & J.B. Lewis. In press. Response to nitrogen and salinity in Rhizophora mangle propagules varies by maternal family and population of origin. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.756683
4. Zerebecki, R.A., E.E. Sotka, *T.C. Hanley, K.L. Bell, C. Gehring, C.C. Nice, C.L. Richards & A.R. Hughes. In press. Repeated microgeographic genetic and trait divergence in a coastal foundation plant species. The American Naturalist. doi/10.1086/716512
5. *Boquete M.T., I. Lang, M. Weidinger, C.L. Richards & C. Alonso. 2021. Heavy metal accumulation and tolerance in two terrestrial moss species with contrasting habitat specialization. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 182 (2021): 104336. doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2020.104336
6. **Ibrahim-Hashim, A., K.A. Luddy, D. Abrahams, P.M. Enriquez-Navas, S. Damgaci, J. Yao, T. Chen, R.J. Gilles, C. O’Farrelly, C.L. Richards, J.S. Brown & R.A. Gatenby. 2021. Artificial selection for host resistance to tumor growth and subsequent cancer cell adaptations: an evolutionary arms race. British Journal of Cancer 124: 455-465. doi: 10.1038/s41416-020-01110-1
7. Lewis, D.B., K.L. Jimenez, A. Abd-Elrahman, M.G. Andreu, R.J. Northrop, C. Campbell, H. Flower, M.C. Rains & C.L. Richards. 2021. Total and mobile fractions of carbon and nitrogen in surface soils across a mangrove salt marsh ecotone. Science of the Total Environment 798: 149328
8. McNew, S.M., M.T. Boquete, S.A.E. Espinoza-Ulloa, J.A. Andres, N.C.A.M. Wagemaker, S.A. Knutie, C.L. Richards & D.H. Clayton. 2021. Epigenetic effects of parasites and pesticides on captive and wild nestling birds. Ecology and Evolution. 00: 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7606
9. **Mounger, J., M.L. Ainouche, O. Bossdorf, *A. Cavé-Radet, B. Li, *M. Parepa, A. Salmon, J. Yang & C.L. Richards. 2021. Epigenetics and the success of invasive species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 376: 20200117. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0117.
10. **Mounger, J.1, *M.T. Boquete1, M. Schmid1, R. Granado, M.H. Robertson, S.A. Voors, K.L. Langanke, M.F. Alvarez, C.A.M. Wagemaker, A.W. Schrey, G.A. Fox, D.B. Lewis, C.F. Lira & C.L. Richards. 2021. Inheritance of methylation differences in the mangrove Rhizophora mangle. Evolution & Development. 23: 351-374. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12388
11. Neinavaie, F., **A. Ibrahim-Hashim, A.M. Kramer, J.S. Brown & C.L. Richards. 2021. The genomic processes of biological invasions: from invasive species to cancer metastases and back again. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.681100
12. Pressley, M., M. Salvioli, D.B. Lewis, C.L. Richards, J.S. Brown & K. Staňková. 2021. Rapid evolution of drug resistance in cancer impacts the superiority of adaptive therapy over continuous therapy. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, section Models in Ecology and Evolution. 9: 1-22. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.681121
13. *Boquete, M.T., N.C.A.M. Wagemaker, P. Vergeer, **J. Mounger & C.L. Richards. 2020. Epigenetic approaches in non-model plants. Methods in Molecular Biology. Pp. 203-215. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-0179-2_14
14. Chen, C., Z. Zheng, Y. Bao, H. Zhang, C.L. Richards, J. Li, Y. Chen, Y. Zhao, Z. Shen & C. Fu. 2020. Comparisons of natural and cultivated populations of Corydalis yanhusuo indicate divergent patterns of genetic and epigenetic variation. Frontiers in Plant Science 11:985-987. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00985.
15. Richards, C.L. & M. Pigliucci. 2020. Epigenetic inheritance a decade into the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. Paradigmi. 38, 463-494. DOI: 10.30460/99624. https://tinyurl.com/2020paradigmi
16. Sun, K.-K., W.-S. Yu, J.J. Jiang, C.L. Richards, E. Siemann, J. Ma, B. Li, & R.-T. Ju. 2020. Mismatches between the resources for adult herbivores and their offspring suggest invasive Spartina alterniflora is an ecological trap. Journal of Ecology 108(2): 719-732.
17. Paun, O., K.J.F. Verhoeven & C.L. Richards. 2019. Opportunities and limitations of reduced representation bisulfite sequencing in ecological epigenomics. New Phytologist. 221:738-742 doi: 10.1111/nph.15388
18. **Alvarez, M., J. Ferreira de Carvalho, A. Salmon, M.L. Ainouche, A. Cavé-Radet, A. El Amrani, T.E. Foster, ***S. Moyer & C.L. Richards. 2018. Transcriptome response of the foundation plant Spartina alterniflora to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Molecular Ecology 27: 2986–3000. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14736
19. Banta, J.B. & C.L. Richards. 2018. Quantitative epigenetics and evolution. Heredity 121: 210–224. DOI: 10.1038/s41437-018-0114-x
20. Heer, K., **J. Mounger, *M.T. Boquete, C.L. Richards & L. Opgenoorth. 2018. The diversifying field of plant epigenetics. New Phytologist. 217: 988–992. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14985.
21. Richards, C.L., C. Alonso, C. Becker, O. Bossdorf, E. Bucher, M. Colomé-Tatché, W. Durka, J. Engelhardt, B. Gaspar, A. Gogol-Döring, I. Grosse, T.P. van Gurp, K. Heer, I. Kronholm, C. Lampei, V. Latzel, M. Mirouze, L. Opgenoorth, O. Paun, S.J. Prohaska, S.A. Rensing, P.F. Stadler, E. Trucchi, K. Ullrich & K.J.F. Verhoeven. 2017. Ecological plant epigenetics: Evidence from model and non-model species, and the way forward. Ecology Letters 20: 1576–1590. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12858
22. **Robertson, M.H., *A.W Schrey, ***A. Shayter, ***C.J. Moss & C.L. Richards. 2017. Genetic and epigenetic variation in Spartina alterniflora following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Evolutionary Applications: Special issue in Evolutionary Toxicology. 10:792–801. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12482
23. **Alvarez, M.1, **C.M. Foust1, **M.H. Robertson1, M.L. Ainouche, J. Ferreira de Carvalho, ***C.J. Meals, V. Preite, A. Salmon, ***A. Shayter, *A.W Schrey, K.J.F. Verhoeven & C.L. Richards. 2016. Molecular response to challenging environmental conditions in Spartina alterniflora: an integrated approach. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Invasive Spartina. Université de Rennes 1 Press, Rennes, France. pp. 59-64. 1shared first authorship.
24. **Foust, C.M., V. Preite, *A.W. Schrey, **M. Alvarez, **M.H. Robertson, K.J.F. Verhoeven & C.L. Richards. 2016. Genetic and epigenetic differences associated with environmental gradients in replicate populations of two salt marsh perennials. Molecular Ecology 25: 1639–1652.