I study how human-caused environmental change influences plants and insects. I’m especially interested in understanding how plants interact with their insect herbivores and pollinators, in particular with respect to ecological interactions mediated by plant chemical defenses and attractants. My work aims to support plant & insect conservation.

Graduate Students

Kyla Scherr, PHD Candidate

Kyla is a researching factors influencing strawberry production on urban and suburban farms and gardens in the Detroit metropolitan area. Her research focuses on evaluating the role of beneficial insects, including pollinators and natural enemies.

Rob Whyle, MS Candidate

Rob is investigating how herbivory and mycorrhizae influence strawberry floral volatiles and pollinator attraction. His research evaluates how species interactions influences plant physiology, biomass allocation, and floral volatile emissions.



Anna’s research evaluated how local and landscape scale environmental attributes affected insect pollinators in the Detroit metropolitan area. She surveyed plants and insect floral visitors at 14 sites across an urban-rural gradient. She compared how well farms and gardens supported pollinators in comparison to restored natural areas in southeastern Michigan.

Caleb Wilson, MS Graduate

Caleb’s research examined how urbanization influences bee communities in the metro-Detroit area. He found that the effects of urbanization depended on floral resource availability at the site-level and bee functional traits. In particular, his work also showed that social bees were negatively affected by urbanization, while some non-native bee species were positively influenced.

Interested in joining the lab as un undergraduate or graduate student?  Email me: mjamieson (at) for information.

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