Principal Investigator


Dr. Jennifer Thaler, Professor

Graduate Students

                                               Zoe Getman-Pickering


I am interested in tri-trophic interactions between plants, herbivorous insects, and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). My research focuses on how mycorrhizae and environmental factors affect a plant’s susceptibility and resistance strategies to herbivory. I have also developed an app to measure herbivory quickly and accurately. Read more here.

                                                                  Nicholas Aflitto

I am broadly interested in sensory ecology. Currently I am studying the non-consumptive effects of predator-prey interactions, where fear of predation induces a defensive response in prey causing behavioral and physiological changes. My specific goals are to quantify these effects in agricultural systems and to learn more about their ecological function and impact on crop damage.

   Julie Davis

I am interested in multi-species drivers of plant trait evolution. My research looks at how antagonists and mutualists simultaneously shape anti-herbivore defense and pollinator attraction strategies.



Research Associate

Dr. Todd Ugine
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Undergraduate Students

Current Undergraduate Researchers

Abby Dittmar
Shayla Lugay

Angeliki Cintron

Christina Zhao

Tait Stevenson


Undergraduate Alumni

Emma Weisseburg
Ari Grele- PhD Student, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
Fiona MacNeill- PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin
George Stack-PhD Student, Plant Science, Cornell
Sheyla Finkner-Associate molecular scientist at MilliporeSigma
Jose Rangel
Danielle Rutkowski-PhD Student, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Marina Mann-PhD Student, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University
Molly Walker
Eugenia Wang
Rachel Norris-PhD Candidate, UC Riverside
Dan Pearlstein-food safety and quality lab at the USDA
Deidra Wirakusumah



Dr. Natasha Tigreros, University of Arizona
Dr. Will Wetzel, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Dr. Ian Kaplan, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University
Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Extension Specialist in Entomology, Rutgers University
Dr. Scott McArt, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology,  Cornell University
Dr. Ian Scott, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Suzie Claflin- Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Dr. Mônica Kersch-Becker– Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
Sara Herman -Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Penn State