Current members


Aino Kalske
Postdoctoral fellow

I am fascinated by the interplay between ecological and evolutionary interactions among plants and their insect herbivores. In my current research I will focus on the disentangling the effects of phenotypic plasticity and rapid evolution on changes in plant defense phenotypes in Solidago altissima.
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Daniel Mutyambai
Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadly, I am intersted in studying multitrophic interactions amongst plants-animals-natural enemies and soil microbes in the ecosytem and how  these interactions can be applied in solving ecological problems like pests invasion in agroecosystems while conserving the environment and biodiversity. My current research project focuses on understanding the mechanisms involved in Push-Pull (a novel cropping system which has been developed for the control of stemborers and parsitic weed, striga). This will be achieved through evaluation of plant defense mechanisms such as plants’ direct and indirect chemical defensive system as an emergent result of improved soil properties in the push-pull system as well as volatile organic compound-mediated plant-to-plant communication.

Mia Howard
Graduate student

I am broadly interested in the interactions of plants with insect herbivores and the soil microbiota. In my current project, I am examining soil-mediated changes in the defensive and competitive phenotypes of Solidago altissima over community succession.
Alexander Chautá
Graduate student

I am particularly interested in studying the ecological function and the evolution of plant volatiles emission. The types of questions that I what to answer include cost and benefits, context dependency and habitat specificity of volatile signaling in plant-herbivore and plant-pollinator interactions.
  Ethan Bass
Graduate student
    Joseph Ruesch
Graduate student
    Isabella Swyst
Lab tech

Past members

Postdoctoral associates
Name - current position

Dr. Marta Del Campo - Cornell University, NY
Dr. Mark Sarvary - Cornell University, NY
Dr. Stuart A. Campbell - University of Sheffield, UK
Dr. Rayko Halitschke - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Dr. Akane Uesugi - Monash University, Australia

Other research professionals supervised
Name - position in the lab - current position

Dr. Robert H. Johnson, III - visiting scientist 2009 - Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Dr. Erik Poelman - visiting scientist 2010, 2013 - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Sayed Mahmood - visiting scientist 2012
Dr. Marcel Dicke - visiting scientist, Rhodes Professor, 2013, 2014, 2015 - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Dr. Kaori Shiojiri - visiting scientist 2014-2015 - Kyoto University, Japan
Dr. Charles Midega - visiting scientist, Cornell Distinguished Africanist Scholar, 2015 - ICIPE, Kenya
Dr. Zeyaur Khan - visiting scientist 2013, 2104 - ICIPE, Kenya
Dr. Dongyan Liu - visiting scientist 2015-2017 - Shanghai Normal University, China

Graduate students
Name - degree received in the lab - current position
Amy L. Parachnowitsch - PhD - Uppsala University, Sweden
Robert D. Bode - PhD - St. Martin’s University, WA
Stuart Campbell - PhD - University of Sheffield, UK
Kimberly Morrell - PhD - Monsanto, TN
Maya Lim - MSc - The Nature Conservancy, Washington D.C.