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Amanda Stahlke (she/her), PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Colorado Mesa University in beautiful Grand Junction, CO.

As an instructor, Stahlke works to activate multiple learning modalities, facilitate authentic investigations, reward social and technical skill-building, and ignite curiosity with engaging and relevant problems. She especially enjoys incorporating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), such as Genome Annotation in collaboration with the Genomics Education Partnership ( Currently, she teaches General Human Biology (BIOL101 and 101L) and Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL105 AND 105L).

The Stahlke Lab investigates genome biology rooted in management objectives. We are equipped with wet lab, field, bioinformatics, and statistical tools to gather data and test hypotheses that inform management decisions on the ground. To accomplish this, we collaborate widely with different types of partners including R1 university professors, federal and state governmental scientists, and non-profits, including the local organization RiversEdge West.

Stahlke also serves as a Scientific Advisor for RiversEdge West, a non-profit based in Grand Junction, CO, that addresses the challenges associated with impacts from invasive riparian plants such as Russian olive and tamarisk, climate change and habitat fragmentation, and other stressors that may result in diminished biodiversity and ecosystem services.

When she's not teaching or doing research, Stahlke loves to be downtown or outside running, biking, and backpacking, ideally with her goofy dog, Teo.

Amanda Stahlke's Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Work

 For a complete listing, see Stahlke's Google Scholar profile

Chang J*,Stahlke AR*, Chudalayandi S, Rosen BD, Childers AK, Severin AJ. (2023).polishCLR: a Nextflow workflow for polishing PacBio CLR genome assemblies.GenomeBiology and Evolution,15(3), evad020.

Stahlke AR, Chang J, Tembrock LR, Sim SB, Chudalayandi S, Geib SM, Scheffler BE, PereraOP, Gilligan TM, Anna K. Childers AK, Kevin J. Hackett KJ, Coates BS. (2022). A chromosome-scale genome assembly of a Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac insecticidal protein resistant strain of Helicoverpa zea. Genome Biology and Evolution. evac131.

Stahlke AR, Bitume EV, Özsoy ZA, Bean DW, Veillet A, Clark MI, Clark EI, Moran P,Hufbauer RA, & Hohenlohe PA. (2022). Hybridization and range expansion in tamarisk beetles (Diorhabda spp.) introduced to North America for classical biological control.Evolutionary Applications, 15, 60 – 77.

Stahlke AR, Epstein B, Barbosa S, Margres MJ, Patton AH, Hendricks SA, Veillet A, Fraik AK, Schönfeld B, Hamede RK, McCallum HI, Jones ME, Storfer A, Hohenlohe PA.(2021). Contemporary and historical selection in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) support novel, polygenic response to transmissible cancer.Proc. R. Soc.B.288. 20210577.

Kennard, D, Louden, N, Gemoets, D, Ortega S, González E, Bean DW, Cunningham P,Johnson T, Rosen K, Stahlke AR.(2016). Tamarix dieback and vegetation patterns following release of the northern tamarisk beetle (Diorhabda carinulata) in western Colorado.Biological Control, 101, 114-122.