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Contact Info:
Department of Biology
Tufts University
Robinson Hall, Room 364
200 College Ave
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.3543
Fax: 617.627.3805
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Laboratory website
Curriculum Vitae

Colin M. Orians
Agroecology, climate change, climate mitigation, plant-herbivore interactions

Professional Activities
Editorial Board for Oecologia
Associate Editor for AoB PLANTS  
Previous Chair, Plant Herbivore Interaction Gordon Research Conference
Director, Environmental Studies Program

Research at Tufts

Graduate Research Area within the Department of Biology at Tufts: Ecology and Global Change Biology

Research Interests

I am interested in Global Change Biology, with particular emphasis on climate change, species invasion, and sustainability of natural and agricultural ecosystems. As a research group, we currently work in diverse agroecosystems – tea in China, coffee in Costa Rica, and vegetables and grains in Massachusetts – as well as in old fields, hemlock forests and urban green roofs. For example, we are studying the effects of climate change and herbivores on tea chemistry, and how it affects tea quality and productivity (as well as farmer livelihoods!). By integrating physiological, chemical, isotope techniques and theory, we strive to elucidate patterns, identify mechanisms, and anticipate future threats. More detailed information can be found on the laboratory website.

I am currently accepting graduate students.


Bio 7: Environmental Biology
Bio 51: Experiments in Ecology
Bio 181: Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Bio 185: Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability
Bio 244: Evolutionary Ecology

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