plant-insect interactions

Bixenmann, Ryan

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University

My research focuses on the chemical interactions that underlie trophic interactions with particular focus on plant-herbivore interactions and indirect defenses. Currently, I am investigating the use of perennial grass species as alternative hosts and pest management strategy for the wheat pest Cephus cintus. In addition to managing perennial grasses as a pest management tool, I am investigating how to manage the same grass stands to promote pollinator diversity through the addition of native floral resources.

Sterling, Tracy

Professor & Department Head
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University

I am professor and Department Head of the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department at Montana State University. My research and teaching programs in weed physiology center on understanding how environmental, insect and herbicide stresses influence crop and weed productivity. Current work is exploring the role and mechanism of alkaloid biosynthesis by a fungal endophyte in the toxic locoweed. I have taught courses on Plant Physiology, Plant Metabolism, and Pesticide Fate, and also offer a distance course on Herbicide Mode of Action at MSU with CSU.

Woods, Art

Associate Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana

I am a physiological ecologist working at the University of Montana. My primary interests are in plant-insect ecology, and the physiological and biophysical details of their interaction. Currently, my lab group and I work at a field site in southeastern Arizona, near the Chiricahua Mountains, on a desert population of hawkmoths and several of their native host plants. More broadly, I'm interested in the physiology of invertebrates, applications of information theory to physiological ecology, and modeling species distributions.


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