|371i Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211, USA
My main research interests are to understand (1) how plants recognize and respond to insect herbivores with chemical defenses, (2) how responses to insects are modified by demands from other stresses, and (3) how well those defenses work. This requires a multidisciplinary approach including ecology, biochemistry, and molecular biology and model systems with genetic tools, including Arabidopsis, poplar, and grape.
My current research is focused in three areas: (1) the mechanisms of gall induction by galling insects, (2) volatiles signatures of plant responses to herbivory, and (3) how insect feeding vibrations are sensed and used by insects as a rapid detection system for herbivory.
I also have a parallel life as Senior Associate Director of the Honors College, where I administrate and teach interdisciplinary science courses.