Ami Wangeline

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Instructor, Biology

Arts And Sciences

Primary Phone: 307.778.1139

Office: Cheyenne Campus, SC 134


Degree Information:

B.A. in Biology from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin
M.S. in Agronomy (plant pathology) from the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, Wyoming
Ph.D. in Botany from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado

Job Duties:

Dr. Wangeline teaches majors and non-majors biology courses including General Biology and Biology of Plants and Fungi. She also supervises students conducting undergraduate research.


Dr. Ami Wangeline is a faculty member in the Biology Department at Laramie County Community College where she has taught since 2008. She is passionate about biology as a subject and also about the success of her students both in science and in life. An understanding of biology helps students to make informed decisions regarding topics ranging from medicine to agriculture to the environment. Dr. Wangeline and her students conduct research on various subjects including the evolution of selenium hyperaccumulation, oxidative stress and selenium, genetics and phytoremediation. When not working, you will find her spending time with her family and friends enjoying the outdoors, reading and traveling.

Professional Memberships:

1. American Academy for the Advancement of Science
2. Botanical Society of America
3. National Association of Biology Teachers

Publications & Presentations:

1. Lindblom, SD, Wangeline, AL, Valdez Barillas, JR, *Devilbiss, B, Fakra, SC, Pilon-Smits, EAH. 2018. Fungal Endophyte Alternaria tenuissima Can Affect Growth and Selenium Accumulation in Its Hyperaccumulator Host Astragalus bisulcatus. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1213.
2. Lindblom SD, Valdez-Barillas JR, Fakra SC, Marcus MA, Wangeline AL, Pilon-Smits EAH (2013). Influence of Microbial Associations on Selenium Localization and Speciation in Roots of Astragalus and Stanleya Hyperaccumulators. Experimental and Environmental Botany 88: 33-42.
3. Valdez-Barillas JR, Quinn CF, Freeman JL, Lindblom SD, Fakra SC, Marcus MA, Gilligan TM, Alford ER, Wangeline AL, and Pilon-Smits EAH (2012). Selenium Distribution and Speciation in the Hyperaccumulator Astragalus bisulcatus and Associated Ecological Partners. Plant Physiology 159: 1834-1844.
4. Wangeline AL, Valdez JR, Lindblom SD, *Bowling KL, Reeves FB, Pilon-Smits EAH (2011). Characterization of rhizosphere fungi from selenium hyperaccumulator and nonhyperaccumulator plants along the eastern Rocky Mountain Front Range. American Journal of Botany 98: 1139-1147.
5. Wangeline AL, Reeves FB (2007). Two new Alternaria species from selenium-rich habitats in the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Mycotaxon 99: 83-89.
6. Wangeline AL, Burkhead JL, Hale KL, Lindblom SD, Terry N, Pilon M, Pilon-Smits EAH (2004). Overexpression of ATP Sulfurylase in Brassica juncea: Effects on Tolerance and Accumulation of Twelve Metals. Journal of Environmental Quality 33:54-60
7. *Hanson B, Lindblom SD, Garifullina GF, Wangeline A, *Ackley A, Pilon-Smits EAH (2003). Selenium Accumulation Affects Brassica juncea Susceptibility to Invertebrate Herbivory and Fungal Infection. New Phytologist 159: 461-469