Dr. Jennifer Thaler, Professor
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Todd Ugine
|Current Undergraduate Researchers
Dr. Natasha Tigreros, University of Arizona