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 lead 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.
Recent Journal Publications (# citations >3,600; h-index= 23, i10-index=33): Google Scholar list of all publications
* indicates a student or postdoc mentee, underline indicates corresponding/senior author when not first author
- AP Christie, D Abecasis, M Adjeroud, JC Alonso, T Amano, A Anton, ... 2020. Quantifying and addressing the prevalence and bias of study designs in the environmental and social sciences Nature communications 11 (1), 1-11
- E Gonzalez, V Martinez-Fernandez, PB Shafroth, AA Sher, AL Henry, ... 2020. Regeneration of Salicaceae riparian forests in the Northern Hemisphere: A new framework and management tool (vol 218, pg 374, 2018)
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 275
- AA Sher, L Clark, AL Henry, ARB Goetz, E González, A Tyagi, I Simpson, ... 2020. The human element of restoration success: manager characteristics affect vegetation recovery following invasive Tamarix control
Wetlands 40 (6), 1877-1895
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
Radio interview on Tamarix 10/3/17
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 recognized for contributions in scholarship and advocacy for women scientists
Published! An Introduction to Conservation Biology, Second Edition
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!
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.
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
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.