SICB Division of Ecology and Evolution (DEE)

DEE Researchers Database Entry

H. Art Woods

The physiological ecology of plant-insect interactions
Interactions between plants and insects are enormously diverse and play key roles in ecosystems worldwide, but almost no work has examined the physical contexts in which those interactions take place. My lab group and I have been working on problems in this area, asking (1) how physical microclimates affect chemical and biotic aspects of plant-insect interactions, and (2) how plant cues mediate tritrophic interactions between plants, their herbivores, and the predators and parasitoids of those herbivoes. Other projects focus on aspects of insect respiratory physiology, the developmental physiology of insect eggs, and the physiological ecology of extended phenotypes. And recently, we have been thinking about how to incorporate information theory into both plant-insect signaling and the evolution of physiological homeostasis.

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