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

Tel: 617.627.3543
Fax: 617.627.3805
Email Dr. Orians

Laboratory website
Curriculum Vitae

Colin M. Orians
herbivore-plant interactions, climate change, invasive species


B.A., Biology, Earlham College – 1984
Ph.D., Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University – 1990

Professional Activities
Associate Editor for AoB PLANTS  
Editorial Board for Oecologia
Chair, 2013 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

Vascular plants are the foundation of natural and human altered terrestrial systems. Thus it is critical to understand how plants respond to stressors that vary in space and time. My research group focuses on the dynamic responses of plants to both herbivores and climatic factors. While much is known about how plants respond to specific factors, significant gaps remain. We have limited understanding of how plants respond to multiple herbivores (native and or invasive), the consequence of global change to plants and thir interactions with pests, or how plant responses are integrated at the whole plant level. We combine physiological, chemical and isotope techniques to elucidate patterns and identify mechanisms. As a research group, we are question driven and not system driven. More detailed information can be found on the laboratory website.

The Orians Lab is currently accepting graduate students.


Bio 7: Environmental Biology
Bio 14: Introductory Biology Laboratory Program
Bio 51: Experiments in Ecology
Bio 181: Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Bio 185: Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability

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