Coleman, Craig

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

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5134  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-5145

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

I grew up in Concord, California, graduating from Concord High School in 1975. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a medic stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana from 1976-1979. I served a mission for the LDS church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am married to Beth Kunz and have five children: Emily, Jacob, Sara, Rachel and Samuel. We live in the town of Genola at the southern end of Utah County.
 Teaching Interests
My main teaching assignment is genetics, which I have taught for 8 years. I also teach a senior-level course called Readings in Biotechnology that introduces students to biotechnological innovations that are shaping our world. I teach a graduate course in Plant Cell Biology.
 Research Interests
Currently I am parted of a multi-institutional collaboration studying cheatgrass, an invasive annual weed of the western U.S. We are also interested in a fungal pathogen that attacks cheatgrass seeds in the soil.
  • American Society of Plant Biologists, 1994-Present
 Courses Taught

Winter 2018
  • PWS 340: Genetics Section 001
  • PWS 488: Readings in Biotechnology Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 018
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 003
Fall 2017
  • PWS 340: Genetics Section 001, 002
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 3
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 003
Summer 2017
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 6
Winter 2017
  • PWS 340: Genetics Section 002
  • PWS 488: Readings in Biotechnology Section 001

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Arnesen ST, Coleman CE, Meyer SE. 2017. Population genetic structure of Bromus tectorum in the mountains of western North America. American Journal of Botany. 10.3732:ajb.1700038. <website>

Merrill KR, Coleman CE, Meyer SE, Leger EA, Collins KA. 2016. Development of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism Markers for Bromus tectorum (Poaceae) from a Partially Sequenced Transcriptome. Applications in Plant Sciences. 4(11):1600068. <website> doi:10.3732/apps.1600068

Meyer SE, Leger EA, Eldon DR, Coleman CE. 2016. Strong genetic differentiation in the invasive annual grass Bromus tectorum across the Mojave–Great Basin ecological transition zone. Biological Invasions. 18(6):1611-1628. <website> doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1105-6

Beckstead J, Meyer SE, Ishizuka TS, McEvoy KM, Coleman CE. 2016. Lack of Host Specialization on Winter Annual Grasses in the Fungal Seed Bank Pathogen. PLoS One. 11(3):e0151058. <website> doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151058

Soliai MM, Meyer SE, Udall JA, Elzinga DE, Hermansen RA, Bodily PM, Hart AA, Coleman CE. 2014. De novo Genome Assembly of the Fungal Plant Pathogen Pyrenophora semeniperda. PLoS One. 9(1):e87045. <website> doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0087045

Meyer SE, Ghimire S, Decker S, Merrill KR, Coleman CE. 2013. The Ghost of Outcrossing Past in Downy Brome, an Inbreeding Annual Grass. Journal of Heredity. 104(4):476-490. <website> doi:10.1093/jhered/est019

Merrill KR, Meyer SE, Coleman CE. 2012. Population genetic analysis of Bromus tectorum (Poaceae) indicates recent range expansion may be facilitated by specialist genotypes. American Journal of Botany. 99(3):529-537. <website>

Kolano B, Gardunia BW, Michalska M, Bonifacio A, Fairbanks D, Maughan PJ, Coleman CE, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Maluszynska J. 2011. Chromosomal localization of two novel repetitive sequences isolated from the Chenopodium quinoa Willd. Genome. Genome. 54:710-717. <website>

Maughan PJ, Turner TB, Coleman CE, Elzinga DB, Jellen EN, Morales JA, Udall JA, Fairbanks D, Bonifacio A. 2009. Characterization of salt overly sensitive (SOS1) gene homoeologs in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd). Genome. 52:647-657. <website>

Jarvis DE, Kopp OR, Jellen EN, Mallory MA, Pattee J, Bonifacio A, Coleman CE, Stevens MR, Fairbanks DJ, Maughan PJ. 2008. Simple sequence repeat marker development and genetic mapping in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.). Journal of Genetics. 87:39-51. <website>

Balzotti MR, Thornton JN, Maughan PJ, McClellan DA, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Fairbanks DJ, Coleman CE. 2008. Expression and evolutionary relationships of the Chenopodium quinoa 11S seed storage protein gene. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169:281-291. <website>

Christensen SA, Pratt DB, Pratt C, Nelson PT, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Coleman CE, Fairbanks DJ, Bonifacio A, Maughan PJ. 2007. Assessment of genetic diversity in the USDA and CIP-FAO international nursery collections of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) using microsatellite markers. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization. 5:82-95. <website>

Maughan PJ, Kolano B, Maluszynska J, Coles ND, Bonifacio A, Rojas BJ, Coleman CE, Stevens MR, Fairbanks DJ, Parkinson SE, et al. 2006. Molecular and cytological characterization of ribosomal DNAs in Chenopodium quinoa and Chenopodium berlandieri. Genome. 49:825-839. <website>

Ramakrishnan AP, Meyer SE, Fairbanks DJ, Coleman CE. 2006. Ecological significance of microsatellite variation in western North American populations of Bromus tectorum. Plant Species Biology. 21:61-73. <website>

Stevens MR, Coleman CE, Parkinson SE, Maughan PJ, Zhang HB, Balzotti MR, Kooyman D, Arumuganathan K, Bonifacio A, Fairbanks DJ, et al. 2006. Construction of a quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) BAC library and its use in identifying genes encoding seed storage proteins. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 112:1593-1600. <website>

Mason SL, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Bonifacio A, Fairbanks DJ, Coleman CE, Rasmussen AG, McCarty RR, Maughan PJ. 2005. Development and use of microsatellite markers for germplasm characterization in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.). Crop Science. 45:1618-1630. <website>

Coles ND, Coleman CE, Christensen SA, Jellen EN, Stevens MR, Bonifacio A, Rojas-Beltran JA, Fairbanks DJ, Maughan PJ. 2005. Development and use of an expressed sequenced tag library in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) for the discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms. Plant Science. 168:439-447. <website>

Maughan PJ, Stevens MR, Coleman CE, Jellen EN, Fairbanks DJ, Bonifacio A, Ricks M, Jarvis D. 2004. Preliminary genetic linkage map of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) using AFLP, RAPD and SSR markers. Theor. Appl. Genet. 109:1188-1195. <website>

Book Chapter

Maughan PJ, Bonifacio A, Coleman CE, Jellen EN, Stevens MR, Fairbanks DJ. 2007. Quinoa genomics. C Kole, editor. Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. vol. 3 p. 147-157


Ricks N, Coleman CE, Meyer SE. Analysis of Fungal Genomes Pathogenic to Bromus tectorum. Plant and Animal Genome XXV1. San Diego, California. 2018 .

Coleman CE, Meyer SE, Merrill KR, Eldon DR, Arnesen S. Genotyping Bromus tectorum using SNP markers from a partially sequenced transcriptome to detect cryptic invasion in western North America. International Plant and Animal Genome XXV. San Diego, California. 2017 .

Kitchen SG, Petersen SL, Taylor GW, Page DH, Balzotti CS, Coleman CE. Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) historic fire regimes and future fire risk: a multi-scale assessment. Restoring the West Conference. Logan, Utah. 2016 .

Arnesen ST, Coleman CE, Meyer SE. Cheatgrass Genetic Varation in Montane Regions of the US Intermountain West. International Plant and Animal Genome XXIV. San Diego, California. 2016 .

Henry JL, Coleman CE, M SE, Price J. Mating-Type Locus Characterization and Allelic Diversity in Biosynthetic Genes for Putative Mycotoxins in the Fungal Pathogen Pyrenophora semeniperda. International Plant and Animal Genome XXII. San Diego, California. 2014 .

Lara D, Coleman CE, Meyer SE, Merrill KR. The Population Genetics of Cheatgrass Range Expansion in Western North America. International Plant and Animal Genome XXII. San Diego, California. 2014 .

Henry JL, Coleman CE, Meyer SE, Greenfield S. Genomic Analysis and Characterization of the Mating-Type Locus in the Fungal Pathogen Pyrenophora semeniperda. International Plant and Animal Genome XXI. San Diego, California. 2013 .

Lara D, Coleman CE, Meyer SE. Secondary Invasion of Bromus tectorum Into Salt and Warm Desert Habitats in the Intermountain West is Due to Recent Introductions. International Plant and Animal Genome XXI. San Diego, California. 2013 .

Ghimire S, Decker SA, Coleman CE, Meyer SE, Merrill K. Outcrossing Study and Heterozygosity-Hunt Study in Cheatgrass. Plant and Animal Genome XX. San Diego, CA. 2012 .

Coleman CE, Merrill KR, Ghimire S, Meyer SE. High Throughput Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Development And Genotyping In Bromus tectorum. International Plant and Animal Genome XIX. San Diego, CA, USA. 2011 .

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