Associate Professor of Biology

STEM Zone Coordinator

Contact Information

Matlaga is a plant population ecologist interested in the evolution of plant reproductive strategies. He and his students investigate the common mixed reproductive strategy used by plants of reproducing by making both sexual (seeds and seedlings) and clonal offspring (plantlets, bulbils etc.). The question underlying Matlaga’s research is: Why do many plants make both sexual and clonal offspring? Recent publications include: “Age-dependent vital rates of the bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus in Illinois” published in Invasive Plant Science and Management and “Context-dependent pollinator limitation in stochastic environments: When does increased seed set overpower the cost of reproduction in an understory herb?” published in the Journal of Ecology.

Matlaga’s teaching includes Ecology, Evolution and Heredity, and Ecosystems. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America, and the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation.

  • BIOL-560: Biology of Climate Change
  • ECOL-560: Biology of Climate Change
  • BIOL-220: Biostatistics
  • ECOL-220: Biostatistics
  • BIOL-560: Climate Change
  • ECOL-560: Climate Change
  • ECOL-201: Community and Ecosystems Ecology
  • BIOL-010: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL-101: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL-101L: Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • BIOL-010: Issues in Biology
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • BIOL-511: Student Research II

About Me

Matlaga is a plant population ecologist interested in the evolution of plant reproductive strategies. He and his students investigate the common mixed reproductive strategy used by plants of reproducing by making both sexual (seeds and seedlings) and clonal offspring (plantlets, bulbils etc.). The question underlying Matlaga’s research is: Why do many plants make both sexual and clonal offspring? Recent publications include: “Age-dependent vital rates of the bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus in Illinois” published in Invasive Plant Science and Management and “Context-dependent pollinator limitation in stochastic environments: When does increased seed set overpower the cost of reproduction in an understory herb?” published in the Journal of Ecology.

Matlaga’s teaching includes Ecology, Evolution and Heredity, and Ecosystems. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America, and the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL-560: Biology of Climate Change
  • ECOL-560: Biology of Climate Change
  • BIOL-220: Biostatistics
  • ECOL-220: Biostatistics
  • BIOL-560: Climate Change
  • ECOL-560: Climate Change
  • ECOL-201: Community and Ecosystems Ecology
  • BIOL-010: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL-101: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL-101L: Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • BIOL-010: Issues in Biology
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • BIOL-511: Student Research II