Sarah M Swope

Sarah Swope
Associate Professor of Biology
Rhoda Goldman Professorship in Environmental Science
NSB 121

Professional Interests: Local adaptation and gene flow; Plant population biology and population genetics; the conservation of rare native plants in a rapidly changing climate

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 2014


Sarah Swope is an evolutionary ecologist and studies three very rare plants in Marin County. She is interested in how plants cope with life in a variable world and the role of genetic diversity in promoting local adaptation. Additionally, all of her work has a conservation theme running through it. She is using her data to make predictions about whether these species are likely to evolve fast enough to keep up with climate change and to recommend ways to protect them.


  • BS, Prescott College
  • MS, Northern Arizona University
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2021

Days Times Room
  On sabbatical  

Spring 2021 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MW1:00 pm-2:15 pmEvolutionNSB 212
  Directed Research
T1:00 pm-4:00 pmSenior SeminarNSB 212

Courses Taught

  • BIO 002: General Biology II with Lab
  • BIO 055: The Ecology of Plants for Non-majors
  • BIO 148: Evolution
  • BIO 149: Conservation Biology
  • BIO 155: Plant Ecology
  • BIO 180A: Community-based conversation in a biodiversity hotspot: Ecuador
  • BIO 191: Senior Seminar