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Susan Kephart

Professor Emeritus

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Olin Science Center 117
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • PhD, Indiana University
  • BA, Ohio Wesleyan University


* Indicates student co-author.
  • T. Culley, J. Leng,* S. Kephart, S, F. Cartieri,* and K. Theiss.* Development of 16 microsatellite markers within the Camassia (Agavaceae) species complex and amplification in related taxa. Submitted, 2012.
  • S. Kephart, S, D. Lofflin* and S. Torre.* 2012. Rarity, reintroduction, and dynamic environments: Case studies in Northwest Camassia and Silene. In: Reichard, S, Gibble, W. and Combs, J. Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America. University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Conference Proceedings, in press.
  • Fishbein, M., S. Kephart, M. Wilder, *K. Halpin,* and S. Datwyler.* 2010. Phylogeny of Camassia (Agavaceae) inferred from plastid rpl16intron and trnD-trnY-trnE-trnT intergenic spacer DNA sequences: implications for species delimitation. Systematic Botany 35: 77-85. (cover photo)
  • Tomimatsu, H., S. Kephart, M. Vellend. 2009. Phylogeography of Camassia quamash in western North America: postglacial colonization and transport by indigenous peoples. Molecular Ecology 18: 3918-3928.
  • Kephart, S. and C. Collins. 2009. Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Communication, and Action Among Diverse Populations, pp. 389-413. In: Environmental Education, Communication, and Sustainability. W. Filho and F. Mannke, eds.
  • Sultany, M*, S Kephart, & P. Eilers. 2007. Blue flower of tribal legend: Skye blue petals resemble lakes of fine, clear water. Kalmiopsis 14: 28-35.
  • Theiss, K,* Kephart S, and C. Ivey. 2007. Pollinator effectiveness on co-occurring milkweeds (Asclepias; Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae) . Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 94: 507-516/
  • Collins, C. & S. Kephart. 2007. Wilderness in the American imaginary: Media constructions of scientific and political knowledge, pp. 249-259. In: Wilderness, Advocacy, and the Media, Proceedings, 8th Conference on Communication and Environment, University of Georgia.
  • Uyeda, J.* & S. Kephart . 2006. Detecting species boundaries and hybridization in Camassia quamash and C. leichtlinii (Agavaceae) using allozymes. Systematic Botany 31; 642-655.
  • Kephart, S. 2006. Pollination mutualisms in the Caryophyllaceae. New Phytologist 169: 667-680.
  • Kephart,S, R. Reynolds, M. Rutter, C. Fenster, & M. Dudash. 2006. Pollination and seed predation by moths on Silene and allied Caryophyllaceae: evaluating a model system to study the evolution of mutualisms. New Phytologist 169: 637-640. (with cover photo)
  • Kephart, S. 2005. Pollen-pollinator limitation, Chpt 6.4. In: Dafni A, Kevan P, & B. Husband (eds). Practical Pollination Ecology. Enviroquest, Ontario, Canada.
  • Lofflin, D.* and S. Kephart. 2005. Outbreeding, seedling establishment, and maladaptation in natural and reintroduced populations of rare and common Silene douglasii (Caryophyllaceae) American Journal of Botany, in press, Vol 10.
  • Kephart, S. and K. Theiss.* 2004. Pollinator-mediated isolation in sympatric milkweeds (Asclepias): do floral morphology & insect behavior influence species boundaries? New Phytologist 161: 265-77.
  • Kephart, S. 2004. Inbreeding and re-introduction: progeny success in rare Silene populations of varied density. Conservation Genetics 5: 49-61.
  • Hatfield, E.* and S. Kephart. 2003. Reproductive isolation and hybridization between two sympatric milkweeds (Asclepias fascicularis and A. speciosa). Madroño 50: 170-180.
  • Kephart, S., J. Butler,* and A. Foust.* 2002. Variability and drift in natural populations: from mollusks to trees. American Biology Teacher 64:455-463.
  • Kephart, S., K.Sturgeon, J.Lum*, and K. Bledsoe*. 1999. Varietal relationships in Silene douglasii (Caryophyllaceae): morphological variability at the population level. Systematic Botany 24: 529-544.
  • Kephart, S., E. Brown*, and J. Hall*. 1999. Inbreeding depression and partial selfing: evolutionary implications of mixed-mating in a coastal endemic, Silene douglasii var. oraria (Caryophyllaceae). Heredity 82: 543-554.
  • Brown, E.* and S. Kephart. 1999. Variability in pollen load: implications for reproduction and seedling vigor in a rare plant, Silene douglasii var. oraria. International Journal of Plant Sciences 160: 1145-1152.
  • Wolfe, A., Q. Xiang , and S. Kephart. 1998. Diploid hybrid speciation in Penstemon (Scrophulariaceae). Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences 95: 5112-5115.
  • Wolfe, A., Q. Xiang, and S. Kephart. 1998. Assessing hybridization in natural populations of Penstemon (Scrophulariaceae) using hypervariable inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) bands. Molecular Ecology 7:1107-1125.
  • Kephart, S. and C. Paladino*. 1997. Demographic change and microhabitat variability in a grassland endemic, Silene douglasii var. oraria (Caryophyllaceae). American Journal of Botany 84: 179-189.
  • Collins, C. and S. Kephart. 1995. Science as news: the emergence and framing of biodiversity. Mass Comm Review 22: 20-44.
  • Kephart, S. R. 1990. Starch gel electrophoresis of plant isozymes: A comparative analysis of techniques. American Journal of Botany 77: 693-712. (Special Paper).
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