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

Abby Dittmar
Shayla Lugay

Angeliki Cintron

Christina Zhao

Tait Stevenson

Emma Weisseburg


Undergraduate Alumni

Ari Grele
Fiona MacNeill
George Stack
Sheyla Finkner

Jose Rangel
Danielle Rutkowski
Marina Mann
Molly Walker
Eugenia Wang
Rachel Norris
Dan Pearlstein
Deidra Wirakusumah



Dr. Natasha Tigreros, University of Arizona
Dr. Will Wetzel, University of Michigan
Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University
Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Rutgers University
Dr. Scott McArt, Cornell University
Dr. Ian Scott, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Suzie Claflin
Dr. Mônica Kersch-Becker
Sara Herman, MS.