Faculty Profile for Dr. Susan Schwinning

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Dr. Susan Schwinning
Professor — Biology
SUPP 312
phone: (512) 245-3754

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Born in Bremen, Germany. Immigrated to the USA in 1984. Employee of Texas State University since 2005.

Research Interests

Plant Ecology

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • West, S. S., Susan, & Denn, A. A. (2020). Beyond Experiments: Considering the Range of Investigative and Data-Collection Methods in Science. In Nature of Science in Science Instruction: Rationales and Strategies (p. 558). Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24556-6
  • Schwinning, S., & DaSilva, S. (2022). KR bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica) has no direct allelopathic effects on seedling growth in a native/non-native mixed community of warm season grasses in Texas, USA. Plant and Soil, 480, 637–649.
  • Schwinning, S., & Custer, N. (2022). What common garden can tell us about climate responses in plants. Journal of Plant Ecology, 110, 986–996.
  • Schwinning, S., & Custer, N. (2021). Local climate adaptations in two ubiquitous Mojave Desert shrub species, Ambrosia dumosa and Larrea tridentata. Journal of Ecology, 110, 1072–1089.
  • Schwinning, S. (2020). A critical question for the critical zone: how do plants use rock water? Plant and Soil, 454, 49–56.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: John L. Harper Prize for a paper published in Journal of Ecology, British Ecological Society. 1996 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: R.W. Hoshaw Memorial Award of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona. 1994 - Present

Selected Grants

  • Mix, Kenneth D, Schwinning, Susan, Benavides, Elizabeth Ashley, Drewery, Merritt L. Transdisciplinary Research, Educational and Extension Laboratory, USDA, Federal, $145616. (Submitted: October 2019, Funded: February 2020 - February 2023). Grant.
  • Schwinning, Susan. Trees near springs: Do they take up spring water?, Texas Ecolab, State, $3699. (Funded: 2017). Grant.
  • Schwinning, Susan. Texas Ecolab- Linking drought-related tree mortality to plant-available water, State, $16378. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
  • Schwinning, Susan. CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) President’s International Fellowship Initiative, International, $30000. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
  • Schwinning, Susan. Texas Ecolab- Linking drought-related tree mortality to plant-available water, $13060. (Funded: 2015). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Tenure & Promotion Review Group
McCoy College of Business Administration
Advisory Committee
The Freeman Ranch Center
Campus Director
Institute for the study of Invasive Species (ISIS)
Editorial Review Board Member
Editorial Review Board Member
Journal of Ecology