The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Plant Chemical Ecology

Faculty in the Plant Biology graduate program with research interests in Plant Chemical Ecology

Jared Ali
Assistant Professor of Entomology

Behavior and chemical ecology of multi-trophic interactions, including plant responses to below-ground herbivory and nematode. Insect community ecology, chemical ecology, and coevolution. Trophic cascades, above- and below-ground interactions, chemotaxis of soil nematodes, and evolution of plant defense strategies.

Gary Felton
Professor and Head, Department of Entomology

Plant-herbivore interactions. Adaptive responses of herbivores to plant defenses. Herbivore cues recognized by plants with specific focus on biochemical and molecular analysis of salivary secretions.

Seogchan Kang
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Genetic and cellular mechanisms underpinning plant-fungal interactions with Arabidopsis thaliana and Fusarium oxysporum as a model system. Molecular genetics and comparative genomics of fungal plant pathogens. Bioinformatics.

Tanya Renner
Assistant Professor of Entomology

Evolution of chemical and structural defense. Molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, and transcriptomics. Origins and evolution of carnivorous plants.

Andrew Stephenson
Distinguished Professor of Biology

The impact of inbreeding by plants on organic volatile production, herbivory and the establishment and spread of diseases. The effects of disease on the foraging behavior of vectors and their natural enemies.

James Tumlinson
Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology
Director, Center for Chemical Ecology

Insect chemical ecology. Plant-insect interactions. Insect attractants.