Mary Jamieson

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Oakland University
Email: mjamieson (at)

See Google Scholar for publications

My research focuses on understanding the effects of human-caused environmental change on plants and insects.  I study ecological interactions between plants and their insect herbivores and pollinators.  I specialize in the field of chemical ecology, conducting research examining how plant secondary metabolites, including chemical defense compounds and volatile compounds, can influence species interactions.  Beyond my academic pursuits and scientific curiosity, I love to explore the outdoors, discover beauty in nature, and engage in creative activities.

Graduate Students

Kyla Scherr 

Kyla is a PhD student working on research examining plant productivity and pollinator conservation at urban farms and gardens in the metro Detroit area. Before joining the lab in September 2016, Kyla received a Master’s degree in Sustainability at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. Kyla hopes to pursue a career in conservation focusing on the advancement of ecological research in urban settings through storytelling and social engagement.

calebCaleb Wilson

Caleb is a Masters student studying factors influencing the abundance and diversity of bees on farms and gardens across a gradient of urbanization. He is examining bee communities at 15 sites located across three counties in southeast Michigan. Caleb joined the late in January 2017 after graduating from University of Iowa. Caleb is interested in pursuing future work related to the conservation of native plants and pollinators.

Interested in joining the lab?  Contact mjamieson (at) for information.

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Undergraduate Students

Fall insect survey at OU Biological Preserve

Research efforts in the lab are also supported by a number of student research assistants, including Shishu Alamgir (Biology), Rachel Bush (Environmental Studies), Chad Eggelton (Biology), Cassidy Huneau (Biology), Justin Williamson (Environmental Science), Abigail Glenn (Biology) and Patrick Sullivan (Journalism), Luke Laconi (Biology), and Melissa Golembieski (recent OU graduate) are research assistants in the lab.  These students are assisting with various on-going lab and field research projects in addition to science communication and community engagement efforts, including development of a webpage about bee diversity research and education.