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Amy Blair, PhD

Chair | Associate Professor


Teaches topics ranging from plant and animal anatomy and physiology to population and community ecology.

While her academic training focused largely on plant population ecology, she has more recently developed an interest in how slugs and earthworms impact plant communities.

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Education and Training


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources
  • PhD, Colorado State University Ecology
  • MS, Georgia Southern University Biology
  • BS, University of Iowa Biology

Areas of Professional Interest


  • Ecological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi – John Deere Chapter

Recent Publications and Presentations


Presentation: Peters, B.J. & A.C. Blair. 2016. Terrestrial slugs as a model for inquiry-based experimentation in a majors general biology laboratory. National Association of Biology Teachers, Denver, CO.

Blair, A.C., B.J. Peters, & C.W. Bendixen. 2014. Promoting student inquiry using Zea mays (Corn) cultivars for hypothesis driven experimentation in a majors introductory biology course. The American Biology Teacher 76:333-336.

Peters, B.J. & A.C. Blair. 2013. Terrestrial slugs as a model organism for inquiry-based experimentation in a majors general biology laboratory. The American Biology Teacher 75:408-411.

Blair, A.C., D. Blumenthal, & R.A. Hufbauer. 2012. Hybridization and invasion: An experimental test with Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa Lam.). Evolutionary Applications 5:17-28.

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Courses Taught

BIOL 109 Environmental Science
BIOL 200 General Biology II: Functioning of Living Systems, Spring Semester
BIOL 307 Ecology, Fall Semester
BIOL 321 Tropical Biology (Study Abroad to Ecuador)

Other Publications

Blair, A.C. & R.A. Hufbauer. 2010. Hybridization and invasion: one of North America's most devastating invasive plants shows evidence for a history of interspecific hybridization. Evolutionary Applications 3:40-51. Picture on journal cover*

Duke, S.O., A.C. Blair, F.E. Dayan, R.D. Johnson, K.M. Meepagala, & D.D. Cook. 2009. Is (-)-catechin a "novel weapon" of spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)? Journal of Chemical Ecology 35:141-153.

Blair, A.C. & R.A. Hufbauer. 2009. Geographic patterns of interspecific hybridization between spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe) and diffuse knapweed (C. diffusa). Invasive Plant Science and Management 2:55-69.

Wolfe, L.M. & A.C. Blair. 2009. A tale of two continents: The role of ecology and evolution in a biological invasion. In Pysek, P. and Pergl, J. (Eds), Biological Invasions: Towards a Synthesis. Neobiota 8:29-41.

Presentation: Blair, A.C. 2011. An experimental test of the role of hybridization in the invasion of diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa Lam.). Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.

Presentation: Blair, A.C. 2011. Does hybridization stimulate plant invasion?: An experimental test with spotted and diffuse knapweed. University of Iowa Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology Seminar Series.

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