M. Deane Bowers
Curator of Entomology
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Research in my laboratory focuses on various aspects of plant-insect interactions and is a combination of chemistry, ecology, behavior and physiology of both plants and insects. In this context I am involved in a variety of projects, investigating questions about 1) the potential defensive role of plant natural products in protecting (or not protecting) plants from herbivory; 2) the evolution of unpalatability in insects; 3) the interaction of herbivorous insects and their predators; 4) the ecology and evolution of butterflies; 5) the response of plant allelochemicals to the changing environment, especially ultraviolet radiation, herbivory, and seasonal variation.
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