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Research

Overview

Our current research focuses on the effects of herbivores (native and exotic) and climate change on the chemistry and performance of plants. Our goal is to explore the mechanisms that underlie changes in both chemistry and resistance. Our research integrates plant defense theory and emphasized the need to take a whole plant perspective when evaluating plant responses to biotic and abiotic stressors.

There are currently several research themes:

  1. Exotic insects on native plants: Mediators of hemlock decline in eastern North America

  2. Impacts of climate change to agriculture

  3. The multiple defense mechanisms of plants in response to herbivorous insects

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