Alexis Racelis

Assistant Professor
School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
Joint appointment: Department of Biology

ESCNE 2352
(956) 665-3656

Curriculum Vitae


2009 Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of California
2003 M.S. Environmental Science, Florida International University
1998 B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California

Areas of Interest

Agroecology and Urban Ecology, Natural Resources Management.

Research Overview

This lab studies ecological interactions in the social, political, and economic contexts in which they occur. In particular, our research is driven by a better understanding of how agriculture, urban development, invasive species and resource management affects certain ecological processes in the light of pressing social and environmental issues, such as climate change, food and water security, sustainable development, and social justice. We use this better understanding to effectively participate in the management of these environmental issues though scholarship, participatory action research, and leadership.

Recent Publications

  • Moreno, C.R. and A.E. Racelis. 2015. Attraction, Repellence, and Predation: The Role of Companion Plants in Regulating Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphidae) in Organic Kale Systems of South Texas. Southwestern Entomology 40(1), 1-14.
  • Escamilla, J., S. Rugg, J. Brush, J. Cantu, and A. Racelis . 2015. Ecosystem Services in Agricultural  and Urban Landscapes. Ecological Restoration 33(1), 119-120.
  • Burrell, A.M., A.E. Pepper, G. Hodnett, J.A. Goolsby, W.A. Overholt, A.E. Racelis, R. Diaz, and P.E. Klein. 2015. Exploring origins, invasion history and genetic diversity of Imperata cylindrica (L.) P. Beauv. (Cogongrass) in the United States using genotyping by sequencing. Molecular Ecology 24(9), 2177-2193.


BIOL 3409 - Ecology
BIOL 6303 - Advanced Ecology
BIOL 4429 - Agroecology
BIOL 6429 - Advanced Agroecology

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