We study ecological relationships among plants and insects, focusing on research that aims to understand how anthropogenic environmental disturbances affect species interactions and biological diversity. Investigations span a range of biological fields including chemical, physiological, population, community, and evolutionary ecology.
Our research addresses topics relevant to applied problems in conservation, natural resource management, and agroecology – linking scientific research with societal needs. We investigate beneficial and pest species in managed and agricultural ecosystems. Focal study organisms include a variety of native, naturalized, and invasive species from grassland, forest, and agricultural habitats.
- the chemical ecology of plant-herbivore, plant-pollinator, and multi-trophic interactions
- top-down and bottom-up controls on plant productivity as well as variability in plant performance and defense traits
- landscape ecology of plants and their associated beneficial and pest insects
- biological conservation and natural resource management