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Current Lab Members
Robert completed his PhD in 2014 at Dartmouth College. He is
broadly interested in chemical-mediated species interactions
and their implications for broader community patterns. For
his PhD, he studied the role of nectar-inhabiting microbes
as mediators of plant-pollinator mutualisms. In the lab,
Robert examines how changes in defensive chemistry mediate
interactions between two exotic herbivores (Adelges tsugae
and Fiorinia externa) and the performance of their native
host, Tsuga canadensis. He also examines linkages between
aboveground herbivory by these invasives and the belowground
ecology of T. canadaensis and its microbial associates.
Eric is a PhD student studying the effects of herbivory on defense
and flavor chemistry in tea (Camellia sinensis) in the context of
Esther is a PhD student looking at the impact of invasive herbivores
on the plant defense chemistry of the Eastern Hemlock.
Maria is working on an interdisciplinary Biology and Community
Health senior honors thesis. Her work investigates the impact of
climate on tea quality and how consumers make food choices in the
context of climate change.
Anne Elise is an undergraduate working on her senior honors thesis
in Environmental Studies, Food Systems, Nutrition, and the
Environment. Her research focuses on the relationship between plant
biodiversity factors in Guatemalan smallholder cornfields and the
protein and amino acid composition of maize from those fields.
Overall, her thesis discusses biodiversity and socioecological
health in the Q'eqchi' milpa system of Sarstún, Guatemala.
Amanda is an undergraduate studying Biology and Environmental
Studies. Her research in the lab is focused on the over-winter
feeding behavior of the hemlock-woolly adelgid.
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