Department of Biological Sciences
Email: mjamieson (at) oakland.edu
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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.
Kyla is a PhD student working on research examining factors influencing small scale strawberry production on urban and suburban farms and gardens in the Detroit metropolitan area. In particular, her research focuses on evaluating the role of beneficial insects, including pollinators and natural enemies. Kyla received a Master’s degree in Sustainability prior to joining the lab. And, she plans to pursue a career in conservation focusing on the advancement of ecological research in urban settings through storytelling and social engagement.
Rob is a Master’s student interested in research examining the chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions. He joined the lab in September 2017. His project aims to investigate how herbivory and mycorrhizae influence strawberry floral volatiles and pollinator attraction. His research will evaluate how species interactions could influence plant physiology and chemical traits. Rob also has experience with and an interest in ecological restoration.
Anna is a Master’s student interested in conservation biology and sustainable food systems. Her project will evaluate how local and landscape scale environmental attributes influence insect pollinators in the Detroit metropolitan area. She will investigate how plant community traits and land-use affect visitation rates to target native wildflower species at farms, gardens, and natural areas in southeastern Michigan. Her project aims to inform pollinator conservation efforts in urban and suburban habitats.
Caleb graduated with a Master’s degree in December 2018. His research examined the influence of urbanization on bee communities in the metro-Detroit area. He found that the effects of urbanization depended on floral resource availability at the site-level, bee functional traits, and the spatial scale of analyses. Caleb is currently a PhD student in Entomology at North Carolina State University.
Interested in joining the lab? Contact mjamieson (at) oakland.edu for information.
Research efforts in the lab are also supported by a number of student research assistants. 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.