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Emily Clark

Dr. Emily Clark

Assistant Teaching Professor


Dr. Clark is a biologist with a background in microbiology and evolutionary ecology. She is broadly interested in the potential of wild populations to adapt to biotic and abiotic environmental stressors. Her doctoral work focused on elucidating the amount of heritable variation present in a variety of fitness traits in wild salmonid populations in Switzerland, and examining how different stressors (e.g. pathogens, metal pollutants) affected this variation.

At USM, Dr. Clark teaches a number of courses within the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences. She is passionate about teaching biology, and seeks to cultivate an active and engaging learning environment.

  • PHD - University of Lausanne (2012)
  • Microbiology (MS) - University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2008)
  • BS - Smith College (2006)

BSC 103 - Biology and Society
BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Sciences I
BSC 305 - Evolution
BSC 370 - Genetics
BSC 381 - Microbes in Health and Disease

  • Genetic correlations and little genetic variance for reaction norms may limit potential for adaptation to pollution by ionic and nanoparticulate silver in a whitefish (Salmonidae), ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 2016, 10.1002/ece3.2088
  • Embryonic gene expression of Coregonus palaea (whitefish) under pathogen stress as analyzed by high-throughput RNA-sequencing, FISH & SHELLFISH IMMUNOLOGY, 2015, 10.1016/j.fsi.2015.08.035
  • Maternal and paternal contributions to pathogen resistance dependent on development stage in a whitefish (Salmonidae), FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, 2014, 10.1111/1365-2435.12214
  • Pathogen-induced hatching and population-specific life-history response to waterborne cues in brown trout (Salmo trutta), BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 2013, 10.1007/s00265-013-1484-y
  • Parental Influences on Pathogen Resistance in Brown Trout Embryos and Effects of Outcrossing within a River Network, PLOS ONE, 2013, 10.1371/journal.pone.0057832
  • MHC class I expression dependent on bacterial infection and parental factors in whitefish embryos (Salmonidae), MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 2013, 10.1111/mec.12457
  • Effective College Instruction
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • French (Full Professional)

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Areas of Expertise

Evolution, ecology, conservation biology, quantitative genetics, environmental science