February 16 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

This seminar is sponsored by Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Kailen Mooney
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Plant mediation of tritrophic interactions: A synthesis of community and evolutionary ecology


My research approaches the topic of tri-trophic interactions among plants, herbivores and their natural enemies (predators, parasitoids) from a plant-based perspective. I will present the results of empirical studies investigating the consequences of intra- and inter-specific variation among plants in their associated enemy abundance and the effects of enemies on herbivores. This topic has relevance to a broad range of ecological and evolutionary processes, including the community consequences of plant genetic diversity, the evolution of plant defense, and plant species coexistence and diversity.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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