• Biographical Description

    • Dr. Anna Sher is a plant ecologist and writer with a particular interest in conservation issues and expertise in ecology and restoration of Tamarix (tamarisk, saltcedar) invaded areas. Her research also includes investigation of climate change using historical plant databases from herbaria.  She teaches Conservation Biology and seminars in specialized topics, including invasion ecology and advanced research design and statistical analysis. Dr. Sher is the successor/co-author for two highly successful college textbooks: Primack's Conservation Biology and Molles' Ecology. For 7 years, Dr. Sher was also the Director of Research and Conservation at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  For more information about specific projects, click HERE for the Sher Lab website.

      Departmental page


  • Dr. Sher's Office and Lab

    • DU office: 218 Boettcher West Hall

      Directions: From I 25, take the University Ave exit and go South 1/2 mile, Right on E. Illif (a light), the "Boettcher Center" are two rectangular buldings on left, just before intersection with Race St, clink link below to see map.  Boettcher West is the buidling parallel with the mountains. Parking: in lot across the street (pay at kiosk), or on street if you can find it. Most areas are time limited, see signs.

  • Selected Publications

    • Google Scholar Page

      Click here for a full list of publications, impact factor and citation records.

    • Sher, A.A. and D. L. Marshall. 2003. Competition between native and exotic floodplain tree species across water regimes and soil textures. American Journal of Botany 90: 413.
    • The Invasion of our Rockies: Hype or Management Priority? Invited contribution to the 2006 Rocky Mountain Report Card
  • Interviews and presentations

  • Books by Dr. Sher

    • Molles and Sher Ecology, now available!
      Molles and Sher Ecology, now available!

      The newly revised Ecology Concepts and Applications, published by McGraw Hill Education contains dozens of new figures designed by Dr. Sher to help explain ecological and evolutionary concepts. She has also incorporated more examples by women and people of color, including two fascinating case studies by DU professors Dr Shannon Murphy and Robin Tinghitella.

    • An Introduction to Conservation Biology
      An Introduction to Conservation Biology

      An Introduction to Conservation Biology, by Richard Primack and Anna Sher. Sinauer Associates Press 2016.

    • Tamarix book
      Tamarix book

      Dr. Sher and colleague Dr. Martin Quigley have edited the first ever volume devoted to the ecology of the genus Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West.  It is available on Amazon and directly from Oxford University Press

    • Cover

      Best Management Practices (BMP) for Revegetation after Tamarisk Removal

    • Revegetation after Tamarisk Removal in the Upper Colorado River Basin Best Practices Manual.  A publication of DU, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Department of the Interior.

This portfolio last updated: 26-Jun-2018 7:48 AM