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Noelle Beckman

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Theoretical Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Community Ecology, Seed Dispersal, Plant-Animal Interactions, Plant-Microbe Interactions

Assistant Professor - Biology Department | Ecology Center

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: LSB 334
DialPhone: 435-797-4115

Educational Background

PhD, Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior, (Statistics), University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2010
Effects of vertebrates, insects, and pathogens on patterns of early plant recruitment in tropical forests
BS, Biology, Washington and Lee University, 2002
Pollen feeding and its effect on a generalist predator, the Chinese Praying Mantid, Tenodera sinensis


Mitigating the impacts of global change on ecosystems requires a mechanistic understanding of the processes underlying patterns of biodiversity. The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. We use a combination of theoretical, empirical, and quantitative approaches to address our research questions. Read more at


Dr. Beckman earned her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).

Teaching Interests

Introductory Ecology Theoretical Ecology Community Ecology Biostatistics Tropical Biology Plant-animal interactions

Research Interests

• Theoretical, spatial, & empirical ecology of plants, particularly tropical trees • Plant-animal/plant-microbe interactions, functional trait variation, and life history strategies • Integrating empirical and quantitative approaches to investigate multi-scale processes • Seed dispersal ecology under global change


Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015

National Science Foundation (NSF) National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012

National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010

Program of Excellence in Population Biology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Philip C. Hamm Memorial Scholarship, 2010

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2008

University of Minnesota

Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005

National Science Foundation

Graduate Fellowship, 2004

University of Minnesota

Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2004

National Science Foundation

Biology Research Award, 2002

Washington and Lee University

Christian A. Johnson Scholar, 2001

Washington and Lee University

Christian A. Johnson Scholar, 2000

Washington and Lee University

Robert E. Lee Scholarship, 1998

Washington and Lee University

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              Scheduled Teaching

              BIOL 3200 - Advanced Ecology, Spring 2019

              BIOL 4270, 6270 - Theoretical Ecology, Fall 2018

              BIOL, WATS 2220 - General Ecology, Spring 2018

              Graduate Students Mentored

              Binod Borah, Biology, August 2018
              Sarah Bogen, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2018
              Elsa Jos, Biology, June 2018
              Eric Sodja, Biology, August 2017