• Dr. 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. She is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, where 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 leading college textbooks: An Introduction to Conservation Biology and Ecology: Concepts and Applications. For 7 years, Dr. Sher was also the Director of Research and Conservation at the Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Recent Journal Publications (# citations >3,500; h-index= 23, i10-index=32)

    * indicates a student or postdoc mentee, underline indicates corresponding/senior author when not first author

    1. Clark, L.*, E. González, A. Henry, R. Lave, N. Sayre, A. Sher. 2020. A solution to treat mixed-type human datasets from socio-ecological systems.
    2. Clark, L.*, A. Henry*, E. González, R. Lave, N. Sayre, A. Sher. 2019. Information exchange between restoration scientists and managers benefits from a two- way street: a case study in the American Southwest. Restoration Ecology
    3. Henry, A., E. González E, W.W. Robinson, B. Bourgeois, A. Sher. 2018. Spatial modeling improves understanding patterns
of invasive species defoliation by a biocontrol herbivore. Biological Invasions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1794-0
    4. González E., V. Martínez-Fernández, P.B. Shafroth, A. Sher, A.L. Henry, V. Garófano-Gómez, Dov Corenblit. 2018. Regeneration of Salicaceae Riparian Forests in the Northern Hemisphere: A New Framework and Management Tool. Journal of Environmental Management 218:374-387.
    5. Sher, A.A., El Waer*, E. González*, R. Anderson*, A.L. Henry*, R Biedron*, P. Yue*. 2018. Native species recovery after reduction of an invasive tree by biological control with and without active removal. Ecological Engineering 111:167-175
  • Google Scholar Page

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

  • 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. 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.

  • Interviews and presentations

  • Dr. Sher's TEDx talk on empowerment

    What Do Invasive Plants Have to Teach Us About Empowerment?

  • Radio interview on Tamarix 10/3/17

    Colorado Public Radio interviews Dr. Sher for "Colorado Matters" on the impact of the biological control beetle.

  • For more Information

    For more information about specific projects, click HERE for the Sher Lab site.

    Dr. Sher is a founding member of DU's Ecology and Evolution group (DUEEB)

    Dr. Sher's Biology Department page

  • Published! An Introduction to Conservation Biology, Second Edition
    The cover of a textbook featuring a cheetah family

    Thank you to all who contributed to our second edition. This is an extensively updated version, with a particular emphasis on modern issues and approaches, and diversity at all levels, including the diversity of people who do conservation biology. For more information (including ordering), see: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/an-introduction-to-conservation-biology-9781605358970?cc=us&lang=en&

  • Other Books by Dr. Sher

  • Molles and Sher Ecology, now available!
    Cover of textbook showing a bat pollinating a cactus flower

    Ecology Concepts and Applications, published by McGraw Hill Education contains dozens of new figures help explain ecological and evolutionary concepts. I have also incorporated many more examples by women and people of color. Revisions to this edition have begun; please reach out to provide excellent ecological examples by under represented scientists to asher(at)du.edu.

  • 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

  • Best Management Practices (BMP) for Revegetation after Tamarisk Removal
    Best Management Practices (BMP) for Revegetation after Tamarisk Removal

    This important guide was published by Denver Botanic Gardens. Printed copies can be purchased from RiversEdge West's online store .  A digital version is also now available free of charge from RiversEdge West. 

  • An Introduction to Conservation Biology, first edition

    New coauthor Anna Sher joins longtime author Richard Primack in creating a book that combines the readability of Primack's A Primer of Conservation Biology with the depth and coverage of his larger textbook, Essentials of Conservation Biology. The result is a book well suited for a wide range of undergraduate courses, as both a primary text for conservation biology courses and a supplement for ecological and environmental science courses.

This portfolio last updated: 09-Feb-2021 8:46 PM