Sarah M Swope

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

Professional Interests: How plants mediate interactions among pollinators, herbivores and pathogens; geographic variation in demography; invasive plants as model systems for research; conservation of rare native plants


At Mills Since 2014


Sarah Swope is an evolutionary ecologist studying 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. They are using their 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 2019

Days Times Room
M 1:00 pm–2:00 pm NSB 121
T 1:00 pm–2:00 pm NSB 121
  and by appointment  

Spring 2019 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MWF9:00 am-9:50 amGeneral Biology II with LabNSB 215
MWF10:00 am-10:50 amGeneral Biology II with LabNSB 215
TR11:00 am-12:15 pmPlant Ecology Non-majorsNSB 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